Having a well-behaved dog starts with laying a strong foundation of proper manners from puppyhood. The best time to bring a puppy home is when it is around eight weeks. It is true that the first few days or weeks might be tricky for first-time owners.
However, dog training should start immediately after the puppy is brought to its new home. Although destructive chewing and potty training are easy to address, there are certain behavioral aspects that require more attention and persistence. Your dog is almost like your child; the way you train it will play a big role in shaping its behaviors.
Here are four must-know training tips for new dog owners:
1. Prevent jumping right from the start
Avoid jumping in the first days It is sometimes difficult to prevent the puppy from jumping to hug and kiss. However, it is important that you set a rule of “no jumping to greet” from the early days of training. Instead of hugging and coddling a puppy when he jumps on you, just ignore until he has all four feet on the ground.
Doing so will make him realize that jumping up doesn’t attract any attention. Every time he sees you, he is less likely to thrust his paws on you. In other words, you start to build the character of a puppy at a very young age and he won’t deviate from that even when he becomes a full-grown dog.
2. Choose the name of your dog wisely
One of the interesting things about bringing home a new dog is to find a perfect name for it. But do you know that there are certain names that are good for training purposes? Dog training experts suggest that you choose a short name that ends with a strong consonant.
However, if your new dog is older, then they are already used to their name. This means you can’t change it unless you want to give yourself a hard time during training. But if your dog is coming from an environment where he was being mistreated, then a new name can mark a fresh start. Regardless of the name, ensure that you relate it with peasant experiences, fun and use it more consistently.
3. Give your puppy time alone
When a new puppy is brought home for the first time, everyone wants to hold and stay close to him. However, most puppies will tend to believe that this will be the life they are going to live every day. They won’t imagine that there will come a time when they will be left alone for several hours.
It is good to psychologically prepare your puppy by allowing it to stay away from other people and pets. Leaving the puppy in an exercise pen for some time will make it understand that being alone is part of life. This will help to reduce anxiety and make it to adjust to such treatment easily.
4. Train against resource guarding
One of the most crucial lessons to teach a puppy is to accept your coming close to his food, toys, resting place, and chew items. You should make your don understand that your presence near these valued items means that something good is coming their way.
However, there is a general misconception with regards to resource guarding is that your puppy will automatically allow you to come near his resting place or touch his chews items without rewarding him.
The truth is that when dog owners come near the dog’s territory or eating area without being rewarded, it teaches the dog to become defensive.