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Essential Limits & House Rules for Your New Dog

Puppy training involves many parts like potty training or commands that we’ve previously discussed. To make sure you’re an expert on all things puppy, we’re going over another very important entity of training: limits & house rules!

These are very important to establish soon after bringing the puppy home and take a lot of. Bad habits aren’t easy to break once they’re formed, which is why teaching your dog young is extremely valuable to forming a good relationship between pet and owner. Read on to learn the steps to implement limits and house rules for your new best friend.  

The Foundation for a Well-trained Fur Baby

Before we discuss new dog limits and house rules, we must first establish how to get your pet in the right training mindset. The bond between you and your puppy is vital for creating good habits. They need to respect you as the master of the pack and you must also show respect for them. When it comes to dogs, the way to foster this relationship and build a foundation of discipline is to provide structure for their life.

What might this entail? A few examples are having a daily eating and walking schedule, rewarding with treats for good behavior and obeying commands, and of course a lot of love and affection. When dogs are trained properly it greatly benefits the dog and owner’s lives respectively. For example, an untrained dog may be more inclined to eating something harmful, since eating rules were not established, or running out into the street because they don’t know how to obey commands.

How to Implement Limits & House Rules with Your New Dog

Whether it’s just you and your pup in your home or you live with your family, it’s important to make these rules known across everyone in the household. Proper training along with habit forming requires utmost consistency.

The first few rules you want to establish with your new fur family member is potty and yard training, as well as basic commands. Find a method that’s right for your lifestyle!

What & Where Are the Limits?

Some training methods will be subjective to the pet owner. For example, you may not allow your dog to jump on the couch. This is best taught by first and foremost never asking them to come meet you on the couch, but also by making it an obstacle to jump on. You want to make sure your dog has no cause for going there. Make sure that play time and feeding time have established areas that the whole family abides to in order to eliminate any confusion.

The same practices also apply to outside the home. Yard training is an essential part of the success of this method. You wouldn’t want your dog to dig his way out of the fence or even attempt to. So first off, make sure your yard is secure. Secondly, make it a point to set a limit that it is not acceptable. The more your dog trusts and feels a connection to you, the more inclined they are to obey.

The Laws of the Leash

Training on the leash is an essential practice to start when your puppy is in his or her first couple months. This is a way to assert your control and dominance as pack leader. The more they are on it as a puppy on a walk or in the yard, the more used to it they will be when they grow up. Commands help with this process, like sit, stay or come. It’s all about getting your pet used to a system.

Remember to Stay Paws-itive

Having a puppy brings out so many different emotions from all ends of the spectrum. Happiness, love, frustration, exhaustion and of course lots of fun! Some owners plan way in advance to get a puppy and others make it as spontaneous as seeing a cute little ball of fur at their nearest pet store. The decision is completely up to the owner. However, our best advice is to plan in advance so you know which limits and house rules you would like to implement as soon as the puppy starts living in your home.

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