We recently welcomed into our home a new puppy. Her name is Tessa.
When we met her for the first time, our hearts melted! She is 3 1/2 pounds of cuddly softness with big, round, brown eyes and she has “cuteness” perfected! She smothered us with kisses so we could not help but take her home. Yes, my husband and I are hopeless softies when it comes to puppies!
We have had her for 6 days now and have relished every moment. She has been a quick learner in puppy training because she loves to please (and loves her treats). When she is called, she comes bouncing with a big smile on her sweet little face. And when walking on her leash, she trots right beside us with lots of spunk and personality.
Fortunately she refuses to make a mess in her crate, so instead she sings until we put her outside for a pee. She entertains us as she transports each of her toys individually from one room of the house to another.
Like any puppy she has her faults though. She is a perpetual chewer. And although we have given her a dozen or more toys to chew, she still finds something else more interesting, to our displeasure.
But this is part of the puppy training we expect when we bring a new little one into our home. Unfortunately, too many people fall in love with the cuteness of a new puppy but have no idea what is required in the training.
Puppies need a great deal of supervision or our houses will have endless pee and poop to clean up and many items damaged by chewing. If the training does not start early with consistency, before long the cute little puppy is no longer cute so he or she ends up in the local animal shelter.
Crate training is the first step. Purchase a crate that has enough room for your puppy to move around but not so much that she can sleep on one side and use the other side for her toilet. When you are unable to supervise the puppy, she should be in her crate.
Tiny puppy training treats are essential and using them at the precise moment is critical. For example reward your puppy with praise and a treat while they are peeing outside not after they come inside.
Set aside a 20 minute interval daily to train your puppy in basic commands and incorporate play and fun in the activity.
Reward any good behaviour with praise and a tiny treat. Correct any inappropriate behaviour with a firm “no” and a gentle nudge with your hand.
If new owners need to learn about puppy training, there is plenty of help available on the internet and they should learn the basics before they bring home a puppy. For extra training lots of dog training classes are available in our communities through various certified trainers.
Resist the puppy cuteness unless you are prepared for the puppy training!
Barb Powell is the Owner/Operator of Kelly’s Pet Resort. Visit her Website at http://www.kellyspetresort.ca. Visit her Blog at NeverEnoughGratitude.blogspot.com