You’ve just got a new puppy and you’re excited to bring them home for the first time. It is such an exciting time, but it is really important to remember that the training that your puppy desperately needs is best started as soon as you arrive home. The sooner that you can introduce good habits and begin training for specific manners and orders, the better it will be for the quality of life for both you and your puppy, especially when it comes to house rules and basic orders. You should seek out the professional assistance of dog-training services, especially those with residential dog-training facilities, where you can send your puppy to be trained over an intensive programme – ensuring they fully grasp house rules and basic instructions from a very early age.
By training your puppy you are not just improving their manners, it is also a great way to connect with them and to spend quality time as a family. Building a bond with your puppy is the first step to having a best friend by your side for many years to come. A dog truly is your best friend, and a well-mannered dog begins life as a puppy being taught how to live correctly in your home, and to take on board your commands instantly. This takes time, so be patient and you will reap the long-term rewards.
The first thing to work on is to teach your puppy their name, start by calling them by their name every single time you feed them, cuddle them, stroke them, and use it constantly until they begin to recognise it instinctively. As soon as they begin to understand their name, you can begin to move on to training proper.
Teaching your puppy to walk on a lead is the next step to getting them used to new surroundings. They will probably not like the feel of a collar and lead at first, but this is normal, and with time they will come to accept it. Fit a light collar at first and practice them walking on a light lead around the house and garden at first. Once they are ready to head out into the wider world it is important that they understand your commands.
As well as learning how to sit, how to fetch, and to keep your puppy out of danger, it is important that they learn how to socialise and be in a public setting as early as possible. A puppy will become very excited when first outdoors, especially when they see other dogs. To become a confident and happy dog, it is important that they can understand your commands when playing with other dogs, learn not to bite, understand the body language of other dogs, and become familiar when outside of the home.
House rules and training can take time with a new puppy, so it could be hugely beneficial to look for a dog-training programme that will help instil some order and habit to your puppy and its new life in your home.