The overall success of your puppy’s behavior ultimately begins with you and the training you provide. This sweet, cuddly creature is not going to get by on looks alone. You want to have a trustworthy companion who is a joy to be around for you and everyone who meets him.
Raising a happy and balanced dog can be attained if you are willing to put in the time and energy. If you cannot commit to teaching your dog good behavior, you may need to reevaluate getting a puppy.
Be sure you are entering and exiting the house first and are in the lead when walking the dog. Similarly, be sure that you eat first during meal time.
Tie the leash around your waist and walk as normal through the house and down the street. This arrangement gives the puppy some leeway but makes them aware of their surroundings. They learn how to walk beside you and not be underfoot. Using this method helps to eliminate pulling on the leash as well. Some people prefer to leash their puppy during car rides too.
Reduce Separation Anxiety
Certain experts believe you should not make a big deal every time you are leaving the house for work or school etc. This extra attention jazzes the dog up and makes them all too aware that you are leaving. Instead, they say to simply walk out the door the same way you would when taking the garbage out. Leaving in a calm manner, as though you will be right back, leaves the dog with calm energy.
Putting a t-shirt that you have recently worn or some other clothing item of yours in the dog bed will provide comfort while you are away, as it is saturated with your scent. This is a great thing to leave with pet-sitters or with the kennel if you have to leave for an extended period of time.
Determine Your Perimeter
It is a good idea to walk the perimeter with your puppy on a leash multiple times. Stop and make the dog sit and stay at the edge of the driveway and at multiple places along your fence line. You can gently tug on their leash while saying “Home” if they try to cross the imaginary line. Implementing boundaries from the start will help keep your dog at home down the road.
Create Positive Habits
Allowing the cute puppy up on the couch or into your bed may wreak havoc in your home later on. Have designated spaces for your dog where she knows she can go and be safe. Having her own blanket or dog bed or crate area will provide a personal sanctuary for your puppy.
Reduce Night Time Whining
If your new puppy seems lonely and sad at night time, consider putting a ticking alarm clock in its bed. The ticking sound reminds the dog of its mother’s heartbeat and provides a calming security factor. You will both sleep better!
Keep training words simple for the dog and have all family members use the same words to reduce confusion. Common action words include: sit, stay, outside, bed, come, fetch, no, leave-it and drop-it.
Having corresponding hand signals that you use with voice commands helps to reinforce and communicate your wishes to your dog. Again, have all your family members on the same page for uniform training.