Training a new puppy is no easy feat. It’s important to be consistent in your training, sticking with it for 4-6 months. Before you get started with a training regimen, it’s important to consider:
The breed of your dog. Certain dog breeds adapt more easily to training commands and will train more easily than other breeds.
The size of your dog. Smaller dogs have smaller bladders, which means they’ll need to go out more frequently and you’ll need to adjust your training system to work to meet their needs.
Your dog’s past. If your dog comes from an abusive home or one with little to no rules, they can be more difficult to train than a puppy that came from a local shelter that has some experience with routine.
Once you have an understanding of the needs of your dog, you can get started on a training plan that meets your needs.
Potty Training. Make it a point to let your dog out first thing in the morning and then every 30 minutes to hour afterwards. When you’re training, take your dog to the same spot in your yard – they’ll smell their scent and remember why they’re there in the first place. Once your dog relieves themselves, reward them with a treat so that they know they’ve done the right thing. If you can’t be home during the training period, make a point to come home mid-day to give your dog a break for at least the first 8 months of training.
Crating. Keeping your dog confined to a space lessens the chances for them to relieve themselves in the house and chew on furniture. When you purchase a crate, make sure it’s large enough for your dog to sit, stand, and spin around in. If you plan to crate your dog while you’re at work, make sure they have access to water. To lessen mess, this should be served in a dispenser you can attach to the crate.
Creating a Routine. Your dog should be fed at the same time every day. This will help create a bathroom routine, as they’ll have to go out around the same time if they’re eating and digesting at a regular rate. Puppies typically need to be fed 3-4 times a day, while older dogs only need to eat once or twice daily.
Supervise. As your dog is adjusting to their new home, it’s important to supervise them when they aren’t on a leash or crated. Give your dog a few hours of freedom during the evening to explore and play. If they try to get into something they’re not supposed to or start chewing on cords or furniture, redirect their attention firmly. When your dog is let out in the yard, keep them on the leash so that they can adjust to being on it when you take them for a walk.
All in all, mistakes are going to happen, but if you stick to a training routine, your dog will adjust. At StayDog, we believe a well-mannered, well-trained, respectful dog is proud family member, but that doesn’t just happen! It’s never too late or too early to being training to create the relationship you always wanted. Contact us today to learn more about our dog training program.