Getting a puppy can be exciting stuff, emotions run high and all this love coming from every direction is all anyone can wish for. Dogs are a wonderful edition to a family and really become your number one fan. But when it comes to training a puppy its not all that easy. I have had my fair share of puppy training as I have owned 3 dogs in the past and after moving out, I have recently adopted 16 week old Spenser who is a beautiful Mini Pomchi. Here are some tips and trick I learnt along the way.
Tip #1: Alone time
Alone time for the puppy is important as it will teach them to be comfortable playing and being by themselves. Alone time for your pup will also prevent them from developing separation anxiety. Yes, dogs can develop separation anxiety. In most cases people will go to work for 8 hours during the day which means the pup will be alone. I found that leaving Spenser alone for 30 minutes each day and slowly increasing that time will get him used to being alone. Fortunately, I work from home so Spenser is not home alone for long periods of time. However, if you know you will be out of the house for a long period of time, it is always a good idea to look into dog walking services. This is so your dog isn’t kept cooped up in the house alone for the entire day. At first this can be hard and you might feel uncomfortable leaving them alone, as the pup may cry at the beginning, but by sticking to it you will definitely reap the rewards. This leads on to my next tip.
Tip #2: Always remain consistent
When training Spenser I found it important to discipline and reward him every time he did something good or bad. It’s so easy to fall off the waggon when training your puppy. By not sticking to the training, your puppy will get confused and become disobedient. Just remember these moment are crucial and will define your puppy’s behaviours for their lifetime. Having a disobedient puppy is the last thing you want as when they get older, those behaviours are hard to break out of.
Tip #3: Training pads
Living in an apartment building can make potty training difficult for dog owners. This is why I chose to continue training Spenser to use the pad when going potty. Pads are inexpensive and easy when teaching your puppy to go potty in a specific spot. You can even by them at the dollar store. Most dogs pee in every little area they can find because they are naturally marking their territory. However, when that territory happens to be your house, this isn’t always the nicest thing to come home to. I found it successful to train Spenser to use the pad when he was kept in his gated section of the apartment. By not giving him the entire apartment to pee, Spenser quickly learnt that the pad is where he is to go potty. Don’t forgot your dogs are still dogs and will still go potty when they are outside, so be prepared and take poop bags!
I am still training Spenser and as every dog is different I would love to hear your tips and tricks too. Feel free to comment below.