How to Raise a Puppy Right
Raise a Puppy to start, raising a puppy really begins before you actually adopt. It is extremely important to get a little dog information before you raise a puppy. Be sure to educate yourself about dog breeds and know what type of canine fits your life style and living environment. We have much more breed specific information at our blog if you are interested.
Once you bring home your pup be sure to have a kennel or at least a crate with a doggy bed. This will be the pup’s safe place and will help the dog training that soon follows. Next allow your new puppy to become familiar with its new surroundings and do not let them venture outside their boundaries. Yes boundaries, training starts early and even though they may not understand at this point, they will very soon. Puppies are very curious animals and they want to get into everything.
One of the first training exercises a new puppy and its owner will need to learn is house training. Over the years there have been many techniques developed and here is what we use, crate training. The idea is dogs that sleep in a caged crate usually do not potty where they sleep and are encouraged to hold it until they are put outside. We also recommend using a routine to potty train your pup. Set predictable times when the pup is taken out to potty. We recommend early morning, after each meal, and few times throughout the day, and again before going into the crate for the night. Soon you will have a well house trained puppy sure to let you know if you forget the routine.
All dogs learn at different speeds so it is important that you have patience, care and compassion while training your new family member. Never use violence to punish, this leads to fear and possible aggressive behavior problems with some dog breeds. Not to mention it is cruel. Always be firm not loud when communicating your commands. Your voice is one of the most important tools in teaching your puppy to adapt to the limitations you are placing on it.
It is important to give positive reinforcement when your pup does a good job. Take the time to pet and tell your pup how good he is and how much you love him. At special times give him a treat for a job well done. When your pup is bad or not doing what you tell them you must also let them know. Be firm and strong in your approach, let them know they are being bad. In reoccurring situations teach them there are consequences for bad behavior. Put them in their crate for a short period of time.
Dogs are social animals and will try to dominate, or control the group. If you want a well behaved dog you must train as you are the dominate pack leader even when they are puppies. Take the time to train effectively as you are always the leader. Also take the time to socialize your pup, get them used to people and other dogs. Monitor their behavior and make adjustments if needed immediately when they occur. A well trained pup will make a fine canine companion in the years to follow.
We certainly hope this advice helps you with raising a puppy. By taking the time to learn a few dog training techniques and basic dog information you will soon know exactly how to raise a puppy. We hope the experience leads to a long loving relationship with your canine companion.