1. Socialisation. Socialisation does what it says on the tin. It’s about getting your puppy out and about to experience new people, places, and situations. Puppies that are well socialised tend to become more well-adjusted adults. Many of the most common behavior problems we help people overcome, like aggression, fear, and excessive barking, can be directly attributed to a lack of proper and early socialisation.
2. Toilet Training. When done right, toilet training will be something you will never have to do again. Set your Puppy up for success, by going outside with them to the toilet area. It is not enough, to simply open the door and let them out. You have to be there beside them when they eliminate, to reward the act of going on the grass with food, praise and a toy. After Eating, Sleeping and Exercise your Puppy will also need the toilet. You should bring your Puppy outdoors to the toilet at least 10 times a day.
3. Chewing. A Puppy is going to chew. It’s what they do! Rather than trying to prevent a puppy from chewing, it’s important you teach them what things are appropriate chew toys. Telling your puppy NO when they pick up something you don’t want them to have is utterly useless. Learning is not taking place. Instead show your puppy what it is you want them to chew on and redirect them to it. We love chew toys like Kong, K9 Connectables, or Rope Tug Toys.
4. Supervision. Puppies need to have two eyes on them at all times! It’s a fulltime job! Keeping your young puppy to only one or two rooms will help enormously with their behaviour. There are simply too many things in a house for a puppy to chew, pee on, steal, or god forbid get hurt by. Confining them to a kitchen, playpen or a utility room with a baby gate will go a long way in preventing your puppy from developing bad habits.
5. Reward Based Training. Puppies respond extremely well to positive reinforcement methods of training, rather than punishment. The word NO does not mean anything to them. It is far easier to teach your puppy the behaviours you want them to have, by rewarding them with praise, treats, and games when they happen. By ignoring or redirecting your puppy when they misbehave and focusing your energy on rewarding all the good stuff, your puppy will soon be offering up loads of good behaviour for you.
6. Puppy Training Classes. One of the best ways to work on all aspects of puppy training is in a puppy training class. A good class will offer a little bit of everything ; socialisation, toilet training, play biting, basic obedience, how to prevent problem behaviours, fun games and more. Best of all, they are done under the supervision of an accredited and experienced dog trainer so you can ask as many questions as you like and they will be happy to give you the best modern training advice!!