It is no simple task to bring a new puppy home and start the training process. If you have failed to plan how you will achieve the goal of things like potty training, you may have a little trouble for a few months while trying to figure out a way to do so and not lose your cool.
After all, if the dog feels your tension it will make him feel apprehensive when having to go. He will probably never want to come up to you and bring you his leash or go to the door and scratch to signal that he has the urge if he thinks you are going to spank or yell at him. He will more than likely go behind the couch and hide to do his business.
The Difference in Training an Outdoor Dog Versus an Indoor Dog
To start, you should note the different types of training that you may need to focus on. Look into all the different ways to train a dog and then concentrate on the ones which you will need for your pup. It may be that you plan to keep him as an outdoor dog. Therefore, that makes potty training a little easier.
In the event you want your doggie to be indoors more than out, then take one thing at a time. Training him to feed will be simple. Most puppies pick that routine up fairly easy if the owner has a set schedule and has the food and water bowl in a particular spot. However, potty training usually will be the most challenging thing to learn for an indoor pet. So, it will be best to start with that.
A Short List of Different Training Tactics Are:
- House and Crate – For most new dog owners and even a lot of veteran dog owners who foster dogs as well as keep them as pets, a crate is an important part of potty training and discipline training. With crate training for bathroom duty, an owner will usually start with puppy pads. A good way to train them to the pad is to keep them on a feeding schedule and about 15 minutes after they eat, place them on the pad.
Allow them to sniff around on it. Most of the time they will pee on the pad, but a lot of times it will take longer for number two. So, every time they have an accident off the pad, give them a little slap on the butt and take them to the crate for punishment. Be patient and keep with the routine and eventually they will come around.
When they get the hang of the pad, move outdoors. Owners also train the puppy to sleep in the crate and go in the crate while they are gone from the home.
- Leash Training– If you are like me, I would rather train my pet on a leash. As a dog owner myself, I do not like the crate. I like my pet to have the sense of being a part of the family in all ways. If you feel this is the most comfortable way for you as well, dog leashesare the way to train.
Basically, you keep the same feeding routine, but instead of taking the pup to the pad, grab the leash and take him for a walk in the yard or around the neighborhood. If he happens to mess up in the house, just slap him once on his backside and put him straight on the leash.
- Treat Training – Treat training has been another effective way to get your dog to do as you say. Dogs love to eat. So, when they think they will be rewarded with some kind of flavorful bite, they will eventually understand the greatness behind obeying.
- Socializing – Teaching your dog to socialize is easy. Most dogs will interact well with other dogs and animals, but if you have a feisty Fido, then it will be best to schedule doggie play dates in order for them to get used to the company and other pets when they come over for visits.
A Few Final Thoughts on Training Your New Puppy or Dog
Always look at the training process as alearning experiencefor both you and the animal. You will learn a lot about your pet’s wants, needs, and fears, all the while securing a trusting bond with them. If you have never been a pet owner and your pup is your first pal, then you will quickly realize how much you value your pet as part of your family.