Adding a new puppy to the family can be exciting. It fills us with joy and adds responsibilities to our life. A tiny, furry creature is now a part of your life. What to do? Consider starting with washable puppy pads to help with potty training or treats to engage place or crate training. No matter where you start, it’s important to remember your new puppy is transitioning into your life. Stay patient.
It’s a common occurrence with every new puppy. They go potty inside, whether you have a pee pad set up or not. The puppy is still learning what is and what is not acceptable in your home. Remain patient and positively redirect the behavior.
A common mistake is when pups are disciplined for pottying inside. They don’t know any better yet, so they have no reference to the interaction.
Instead, actively take the puppy outside or place it on a potty pad and praise it for doing its business.
We all want to cuddle our new puppies-some of us more than others. This show of affection tends to evolve into the puppy sleeping with us in our beds. It’s even more tempting to pull the pup under the covers because it begins to whine or cry during the night. This is a behavior you will either have to accept as the pup grows, or you will have difficulty training the dog later in its life.
As the puppy transitions into your home, consider placing its crate/box in your bedroom for the first couple nights. This helps comfort the animal as it adjusts to its new “den.”
After a few nights, move the crate into another room nearby, if you choose to establish different sleeping boundaries away from your bedroom.
Dogs instinctively want to chase, catch, and chew on the world around them. It’s your responsibility to guide their instincts. When you engage in play with a puppy, you’re teaching it what is and what is not acceptable.
Games are opportunities to teach and train your pup while it gets some needed exercise.
The time frame can vary based on breed and the history of the puppy. Nonetheless, a general guideline is after five weeks and before four months. Near the four-month mark, the puppy’s brain begins to mature, which means habits, behaviors, and routines start to embed in their psyche.
It’s important to engage in training prior to the onset of maturation, so you don’t have to train the pup out of any undesirable behaviors.
If you’ve got a new puppy, you’ll most likely come into contact with innocent biting or nipping. Your new furry friend doesn’t know any better. The pup is simply responding to you and its environment. Typically, to target a bad behavior you “mark” it as negative. If you’re playing a game and the dog exhibits bad behavior: the game is over for a period of time.
It’s important to determine the boundaries and parameters you want your puppy to abide by before you get into situations that require you to redirect or reprimand the dog.
All of the above tips fit into what you should be building for your new puppy: A routine. For most dogs and dog owners, the routine happens naturally. However, if you have a specific timeline for your day, integrate your dog into that timeline. Reward them for their behavior. As you and your new pup sync with one another, a bond will grow between you two.
New Puppy Pads offers disposable and reusable potty pads for those new puppy moments. If you’re in the midst of training or transition with your pup, consider ordering any of our items online to ease the animal’s acclimation to your life and your home.