Basic Puppy Training Tips

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Taking home a new puppy is an exciting time indeed! But remember, caring for a puppy takes a lot of patience and dedication. Coming home for the first time, the pup is disoriented, confused and unfamiliar with his surroundings. Don’t worry, you don’t need an expert to train your new pet.

In today’s post, we are giving you practical tips on how to potty train your pet. We will also share great techniques to stop your pup from whining, barking or biting:

Potty Training Tips

One of the reasons why so many dogs end up in shelters is because they were not potty trained properly. This shouldn’t be a reason to abandon a pet. Adopting an animal is a commitment. What you can do is to ease the pup into your home.

The key to potty training pups is consistency. You want to establish a habit, building it patiently until the dog learns the process on his own. It’s never too early to start potty training! Start by covering the entire floor with newspaper. If the pup plays with it, just replace the torn newspaper.

Now, wait until the pup relieves itself. Usually, they will do this right after eating. As soon as he’s done eating and he’s showing signs that he’s about to go, take him to the place where you want him to defecate. This can be any place in the room. Once he’s done with his business, praise him. Each time he finishes eating, take him to the right place to go. This will establish a habit. Of course, pups will have accidents every now and then. Just take him back to his right place and then praise him.

Once the pup started getting the hang of it, you can start removing the newspaper.

Preventing Whining or Biting

If a puppy is left alone for a long time, it will start to whine or howl. Dogs live in packs and are very sociable. If the puppy is left alone for a long time, he’ll get anxious and agitated. He’ll think he’s being abandoned forever. He will start barking, howling or whining to be rescued back to his pack. Other times, pups will whine when they want something. This is normal and should not be a cause of concern.

To address the issue, start by putting your pet in a confined area. This area could be his crate or an exercise pen. Leave the pup for very short periods of time. If he starts whining, don’t be too quick to rush back in. If you do, the puppy will use his whining to control you. Let the pup get used to the crate. And once he is, he will settle in. If not, give a loud and stern “NO!” This will quiet him down for a few moments. Then, praise him for being quiet.

Now again, consistency is key. Continue with this practice. Leave and return several times until the pup gets used to your departures. By then, he’ll realize he’s not being abandoned. Once the puppy gets used to your periodic departures, you can gradually lengthen the time you leave.

In other cases, puppies whine because they need to go. Learn the difference. Dogs hate defecating where they sleep. If you suspect that the puppy is whining because he needs to go, take him to the proper area.

Finally, when leaving your puppy, make sure he is comfortable. Do not leave without giving him enough food and clean drinking water. Also, you can leave him a toy or a treat before heading out.