Your brand new puppy has arrived home. After a little bit of playtime and perhaps a meal, you are now faced with the house training. Yep, puppies are great but instructions and behavior aren’t included with the package. You have to take care of that part on your own. There are various training methods you can use, but you always want to make sure your practices are going to be safe for your new-found friend.

Safety always

photoFor starters, don’t leave your pup alone, especially when eating. They can choke on their food quite easily, or make a mess out of the area. Unlike an older pup whom is thoroughly associated with eating (just about anything and everything), puppies are new to the ordeal. They’ve likely just stopped nursing and solid foods are tasty but new to them.

Make sure that you feed them in the same place every time. You want them to familiarize eating with a special place to help prevent them from wandering into areas such as the trash can or under the sink. Choose a safe location away from your own eating area and any areas where there might be toxic chemicals.

You will also need to be careful about how rough you get with that little rascal. Their bones and joints aren’t fully developed yet, and you could easily injure them. Handle them with care and don’t be afraid to use their scruff to pick them up. Their skin here is loose, but tough, allowing for their parents (or you) to pick them up and handle them safely.

Make sure you’re feeding them properly as well. Puppy foods are designed specifically for those growing bones and teeth to help the get big and strong. Choose a particular diet and stick with it so that their body won’t be confused by alternating diets (diarrhea).

Positive prevents problems

The best way to teach your pup is through positive reinforcement. The process is simple, you teach that rascal that good behavior is good, and they will act good. It’s so simple that it’s ridiculous, but it works, especially with young pups who develop their life behaviors early.

Your pup is like a sponge when they’re young, so you can teach them anything you want to (though probably not the alphabet). They learn and pay attention to everything you do, so help them practice good and safe behavior so that you and your pup can enjoy your new life together.

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