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Back To School: Top Tips for Puppy Training

Back To School: Top Tips for Puppy Training

With back-to-school preparations well underway, we thought it suited to focus a little of that attention towards how we can educate ones of a furry kind when we bring them home for the very first time. Our Top Tips for Puppy Training will help to bond teacher and student.

The thought of bringing a brand new four-legged friend home fills us with the utmost excitement and joy but when the troubles and toils of toileting and lead training begin, the process can seem like an endless and troublesome task. We are here to help! Aiming to keep those first few months as enjoyable as ever, here are our top tips for training your new playful pup.

Reach for Rewards

Whether it is school or work, there is no better way to learn than positive reinforcement. Responding to positive behaviour more effectively than consequences, whether it is teaching new tricks or trips to the toilet, your brand new puppy will learn faster and more efficiently if your reinforcement is positive. 

 

As one of the most testing times as a new dog parent, toilet training requires patience and understanding. Understand that mess will happen. Invest in puppy pads and avoid buying that expensive rug you’ve been eyeing up. Encouraging and rewarding your puppy when they toilet outside, even if it is 1 out of 7 attempts, will show your puppy how happy you are at their behaviour. Wanting to evoke that same response, your puppy will begin to learn that toileting outside is the best way to get a smiley face from their hoomans and even lead to a tasty treat after their business is done. Maybe one of our Forthglade natural training treats!

Choose A Chew

Helping to discourage negative behaviours such as excessive chewing and shredding of furniture and clothes, investing in a puppy-proof chew, such as our natural Olive wood chew, can help eradicate boredom behaviours and keep your puppy stimulated for hours. When purchasing a chew for your new pup, it is important to avoid rawhide chews as unnatural chemicals are often used as a preservative and/or bleaching agent.  Rawhide can sometimes be dangerous when sharp shards splinter and break off during chewing or if the chew gets extremely soggy it can become very slippery and cause an increased risk of choking. Select a chew that is made from natural ingredients and is 100% suitable for puppies. Keep a keen eye on ingredients as high-street chews often contain high levels of artificial colours, preservatives and flavours that can lead to troublesome tummies in your new four-legged friend. You can rely on knowing that everything we sell at The Naturally Healthy Pet Shop is natural and does not contain harmful ingredients.

Choose A Chew

Helping to discourage negative behaviours such as excessive chewing and shredding of furniture and clothes, investing in a puppy-proof chew can help eradicate boredom behaviours and keep your puppy stimulated for hours. When purchasing a chew for your new pup, it is important to avoid rawhide chews as unnatural chemicals are often used as a preservative and/or bleaching agent.  Rawhide can sometimes be dangerous when sharp shards splinter and break off during chewing or if the chew gets extremely soggy it can become very slippery and cause an increased risk of choking. Select a chew that is made from natural ingredients and is 100% suitable for puppies. Keep a keen eye on ingredients as high-street chews often contain high levels of artificial colours, preservatives and flavours that can lead to troublesome tummies in your new four-legged friend. You can rely on knowing that everything we sell at The Naturally Healthy Pet Shop is natural and does not contain harmful ingredients.

Socialisation is Key

As a fundamental step in your puppy’s development, socialisation, with both humans and other animals, is key to maintaining their mental health throughout their life. Dogs that are unsocialised during puppy years can often become nervous and anxious in later years developing behaviours such as aggression and anxiety as they become older. Socialisation must be done safely and in stages to ensure your puppy is calm 100% of the time. Begin socialising your puppy with close relatives who will see your new pup regularly but not reside with them. Allow them to meet and greet the postman or any regular delivery service to avoid anxious behaviour when letters appear at the door. When out and about, it is vital to not push the boundaries of socialisation too far. Always socialise your puppy on a lead and do not allow forceful interactions with other dogs. Ultimately, socialisation takes time and patience, constantly reassuring your puppy they are okay and safe and you will begin to see their confidence blossom in more ways than one.

Enjoy This Moment

So as our smaller humans embark on another year of education, bring the classroom into your home. Follow our top tips and product recommendations to keep your puppy months as pawfect as ever. Enjoy this special moment, they’re not puppies for very long.

Enjoy This Moment

So as our smaller humans embark on another year of education, bring the classroom into your home. Follow our top tips and product recommendations to keep your puppy months as pawfect as ever. Enjoy this special moment, they’re not puppies for very long.

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