Congratulations! You’re the parent of a new puppy that will bring you lots of joy, excitement and memories.
We’re sure you’ve already created them their own Instagram account so others can bask in how adorable they are. Your new fur baby is too cute not share!
It’s been a few days now and the newness is starting to wear off and cleaning up their accidents in your home is getting less tolerable. Now the real work of raising a puppy begins. Don’t worry, we’re puppy pros! Read on to learn all about how to make puppy training a stress-free process.
A Few Tips that Make Puppy Training less Ruff
- In the beginning it’s important to start off the process of training with a consistent diet; establish meal times and only give treats for good behavior. This will not only generate a system for them to follow, but also keep them healthy by having a balanced diet with less waste.
- Keep up exercise with daily walks or trips to the dog park to maintain regularity in their system.
- Designate a spot that you and your puppy go to so they know it’s time to do their business when you’re there. Also, pack treats to reward them for using the bathroom outside!
- Ask your vet the feeding schedule they recommend. Most vets suggest 3-4 small meals per day, instead of 1-2 big meals to support their growing stages and keep their system maintained.
A Schedule worth Barking About
Development of your puppy when they are young is very important. Between 3 and 12 weeks is when they are going to adapt best to a bathroom schedule or routine as well as any additional skills you are teaching them.
Try to stick to something like this that works best for you and your pup:
- First thing every morning
- After every meal
- After playing or getting excited
- After spending time inside or in their crate
- After chewing a bone or a play toy
- After drinking or eating
- The last thing at night
It may take a couple of weeks for your puppy to stick to the routine, but with time and dedication they will adapt. It’s important to remember that puppies have small bladders and don’t have a natural instinct to hold it in. As they grow older and continue to stick to a routine they become less inept to relieving themselves in places they aren’t supposed to.
Woof if You’re Ready!
While we hope you find this advice and schedule useful, we must be realistic that all dogs are different and as a result will respond to training in their own way. The development stage takes time and effort, but will definitely be worth it in the end! We wish you the best of luck, and lots of puppy kisses and wagging tails along the way.
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