So you have got yourself a beautiful new puppy, adorable and cuddly they are; but they’re always learning. Even at a very early age puppies pick up habits that can be hard to break later on in their life so you want to start your training on day one. We have outlined some basic tips, tricks and rules that you can follow to let your puppy know what he needs to do from day one.
Training begins on day one
The moment you bring your puppy home he will want to investigate his new environment. Dogs are very curious creatures and as soon as you put him down you are going to be chasing him into this room and that. This is a critical time to teach your dog the boundaries of the house. For example if they are not allowed in the kids room you should have the doors closed or puppy fences in place to prevent teething puppies from going where they shouldn’t go.
Toilet training needs to begin immediately. You should already have a designated spot where you will want your puppy to go potty. If your puppy has an accident take them to their designated spot as quickly as possible. Clean the accident thoroughly so no remaining smell is present, otherwise your puppy may seek to go to the place that smells like they have been there before.
Book into Puppy Preschool
Most people don’t have the time to properly socialise their puppy when they are young. Puppy preschool will give your puppy a good start in live with healthy monitored socialisation. After all, you want to send your kids to school so they can learn how to interact with other people, the same is true for dogs. If you take your puppy to the dog park or beach regularly this will help, but it’s no substitute for supervised puppy play time.
Obedience training is an important first step to teaching your dog to interact with humans. A thorough grounding of the basics is required to keep your dog stimulated and safe.
Some important obedience skills are:
- Leave it
You should be starting all of the basics of those skills on day one. Your puppy will start to become more receptive to your voice and commands, but it’s important to get those basics known to your puppy within the first 2 weeks of bringing your dog home.
Start with some basic tricks
After your puppy is receptive to your voice and you have established the basic obedience skills you will be ready to start on some fun tricks. We firmly believe that trick training with your dog is the best and most effective way to foster trust and establish communication with your dog. It really will bring you closer to your puppy than you might realise. We have been teaching Trick training for 7 years and know that this is one of the most fun, challenging and tiring exercises your dog can do. If you properly stimulate your dogs mind you keep them mentally drained, which may sound bad, but it’s the number one way to prevent bad behaviours like barking, digging and dumping. A tired dog is a happy dog.
Here are some trick ideas that are safe to teach your dog up to 12 – 16 weeks old:
Many of the basic tricks you can teach your puppy can be advanced on in more intermediate & advanced trick training.
Getting started on the right foot is important, and no two puppies are alike. These steps should be able to guide you down the right path to getting your puppy to be the smartest dog on the block.