Happy National Train Your Dog month! Of course, we’re here to share some tips on how to do exactly that. If you adopted a new puppy this new year, this is the blog post for you!
1. Choose your dog’s name wisely
Did you know that certain dog names are better for training than others? Short names ending in a consonant such as “Jasper”, “Jack”, “Ginger”, etc., tend to perk up puppy ears. Make sure to place emphasis at the end! Dog’s are extremely adaptable and will quickly pick up on their own name. Whatever their name is, be sure to associate it with pleasant and fun experiences as much as possible, rather than negative ones of course!
2. Decide firmly on house rules
Before your fur baby arrives, nail down some rules on what they can and can’t do. Are they allowed to be on furniture, are parts of the house off limits? Determining these rules early lets you and your pup avoid confusion!
3. Set up a private den and help your dog relax
Like humans, dogs need their personal space as well! Before your new dog arrives, make sure they have their own area for sleeping. Your new puppy will benefit from short periods of solo time in the comfort and safety of their den. Be sure to reward them whenever they remain relaxed and quiet in their private area!
Hot tip: Give your pup a warm water bottle and a ticking clock sound near their sleeping area. This imitates the heat and heartbeat of their littermates and will soothe your puppy in their new environment.
4. Say ‘No” to biting and nipping
Instead of scolding your new puppy, a recommended way to discourage biting is to briefly pretend that you’re in pain when they bite or nip you. A sharp or loud shout should work! This surprises most dogs to the point where they stop immediately.
If this doesn’t work, try a chew toy!
5. Always end training sessions on a positive note
Your new puppy works hard to do well during these training sessions! Reward them with lots of praise, a treat, and some petting or some playtime. This is a great way to get them to show up at their next session with motivation to do well and follow the rules! Plus they’ll appreciate your love and affection of course!
Getting a new puppy is beyond exciting, but training can definitely be a challenge! In honor of National Train Your Dog Month, we figure it’s the perfect time to pick up on some tips. We hope this helps you and your new pup!