A New Puppy: The Basics for Positive Behavior

If you have a puppy, it’s important to note that these next few weeks will be a moment of bonding and joy. With a little preparation and patience, you will be able to provide your furry friend with the best care and help him explore his new world safely. The following are what your puppy needs to learn during this stage.

Lead walking:

At this stage, your dog is ready for walking. You can begin slipping a lead over your puppy’s head for very short periods as he walks beside you. Make sure you have the proper collar, leash or harness for your puppy. This is the perfect time to teach your puppy to walk correctly on a leash, so start right away.

Recall:

Making sure your dog has a good recall is one of the most critical obedience exercises you can teach them. This will enable you to confidently let your dog off leash at the park knowing they will quickly return to you when you are ready to go home and help you ensure that you get their attention and they can instantly come back to you for safety reasons.

Socialization:

Socializing your puppy is essential at this stage; your puppy must be socialized to humans by having positive experiences with people of all ages, including children, women, men, and people with sticks and in wheelchairs — anything a dog may face at any time of his life. If social learning is not achieved at this stage, the dog may never recover.

Similarly, if negative experiences occur, the dog can learn negative associations with any stimulus. If your dog misses out on contact with other dogs at this stage, he will not learn the basics of pleasant and polite dog communication.

Bite inhibition:

This is the peak age for dog biting, so do not expect too much. He is teething and also trying to communicate with you. Although biting is a big problem and a big shock for a lot of new dog owners, so work on bite inhibition and let your pup know that biting is unwanted behavior. One thing I like to do it have a toy handy, so when the puppy starts to bite, I replace my hand for the toy. If I don’t have a toy handy, I pull my hand away, lift up one finger and gently say no.

Getting into their Bed & Begging:

It is best to let your puppies know that the idea of getting on their bed while you eat is a great idea that attracts treats. You can hold your puppy favorite treat with you, and every time you sit down to eat, give your dog the treat every time he goes into his bed. You will teach him not to beg but also an association that this bed in his place.

Basic commands:

He can start to learn the basic commands. It’s always easy to teach a new command than to break an old habit. Even before you think about teaching your puppy to do the trick, there are three commands he must learn such as Sit, stay and come, these are the basic commands in puppy’s training.

You are just beginning to study your new furry companion, and he is also learning about you. Keep your focus on your training and keep it positive. Your lovely pet is eager to please, and the time you invest in training will pay off when he grows up.

There are plenty of books out there on how to train, but also hiring someone to take care of your puppy while you are away will give them more exposure to people and senses.

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Some Tips For Walking With Your Distracted Puppy

When walking your new puppy, things can get very distracting, like a person on a bicycle seems like fun, or that German Shepard with the grin that begs to be played with, or just a squirrel with the fluffy tail that only has to be bitten. Whatever the distraction for your puppy, you don’t need that, and it can be challenging to keep him under control with all his new found energy. Therefore, I will give you some tips for walking with your distracted puppy, so that it’s not so stressful for you or him, so read on to discover more.

Increasing Distance Or Speed

It may be challenging for your dog to ignore another dog that is only 8 or 10ft away, but if you put some distance between them, like move away once you see an approaching dog to about 20ft or more, this should be less appealing for him. Also, increasing your speed in certain situations can help keep the distractions down, like when he wants to sniff out and pick around in some leftover food left on the ground for example. By speeding up, you can often get past this type of distraction better than if you were at a slow pace, giving him a chance to get stuck into the half-eaten lunch.

Get A Super Treat

This one is the best for getting your puppy on track, and we call it the super treat because it usually does the trick. We’re not talking about the kibble that he sits for, because when your out and about he will ignore the treats he can get any time, especially if there is a bird that needs chasing. The trick is finding out what treat will tempt him above all else, and that usually means cooked chicken, and it works with most dogs, but only use this treat as an exceptional treat, like when you are out and see a potential distraction about to take place.

Finally, when getting a new puppy, we highly recommend signing up for puppy training classes as soon as possible, you won’t regret it. Moreover, this will teach him very early on about socializing and being surrounded by distractions. Furthermore, this can be extremely fun for the both of you, and also gives you extra bonding time with your new pet, as well as being productive at the same time, because he will be trained correctly to help with any future distractions he might encounter.

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