Bringing a new puppy home is an exciting moment for anyone, however you will need to put some training steps in place right away.
If you've taken the plunge and brought home a brand new ball of fluff to join your family, congratulations! Dogs make fantastic pets, and you're likely to enjoy many happy years together. The only thing left to do now is some basic training to ensure your dog is as well behaved as the rest of your home's inhabitants. Find out how to take the first few steps with these tips.
Feed on schedule
Setting up a feeding schedule early on can help your new puppy establish regular toileting routines. A strict once or twice daily feeding time will not only help dogs stay regular, but if can stop owners from constantly traipsing in and out of their kitchens to feed the dog when he or she appears to want food.
If you listen to your vet's advice and provide your pooch with a nutritious diet, the dog will not need to be fed outside of the set times. The exception here is treats given for good behaviour.
Use small spaces
In the early stages of house training a new puppy, keep your pet confined to a small area, whether it's a crate, the laundry or a specific playroom just for him or her. Puppies quickly learn to restrain their bladders this way, as they naturally avoid making a mess in their personal space. Just make sure you allow the dog out regularly for bathroom breaks. This will help him or her adjust to having separate areas for living and going to the bathroom.
Consider separation anxiety
Puppies can get quite distressed when they are left at home alone, especially when they are in a new environment. Work around this by ensuring your dog has plenty of water and warm bedding while you're away, and leave him or her with dog toys and comfort items for when you're away. It can also help to exercise your dog before you leave the house, as it will allow your dog to rest while you are gone.