If you're a new puppy owner looking forward to exciting adventures with your pup but feeling a little overwhelmed, then you need a plan!
Vicky Carne, The Dog Coach, introduces the PUP Plan. A step-by-step guide to keep you on the right path or at least one paw ahead of your puppy.
Watch our short video for more tips and advice.
How to prepare for your puppy
This means making sure you’ve got everything you will need, ideally before you bring your puppy home.
You should decide on your puppy house rules so that everyone in your household is on the same page with how you’ll train your puppy. Being consistent will help them understand how they should behave.
A large part of what your puppy learns every day won't come directly from you. They'll discover what's fun to do by experimenting with what's around them.
To help your puppy learn, I'd suggest using items such as crates, pens and gates as your training assistants. I'd also recommend limiting those areas of your home that your puppy can access; and remember to shut doors. It will mean your puppy will only have the opportunity to play with appropriate puppy toys and chews in certain areas of your home.
Keep items you don't want your puppy to have such as shoes, chewy wooden furniture, wires, kids' toys out of reach.
By managing your puppy's environment you'll save yourself a great deal of time in the future as your puppy will naturally develope good habits.
House training your puppy
Now’s the time for you to start learning how to train your puppy, and for them to discover what fun it is to be trained by you!
In the first few days of bringing your puppy home you need to focus on house-training and how best to take care of them throughout the night.
You will need to know what to do when your puppy bites, along with quickly understand why socialisation is so important for their development.
Of course, learning how to play and have fun with your puppy is just as important. Play is a great way of building their trust and confidence in you. This mutual understanding that will develop will last a lifetime.
Whether you learn to train your puppy through books, puppy classes, individual training sessions or via an online course; make sure you following modern, positive, methods. These will show you how to set your puppy up for success in life and reward them for getting things ‘right’, so there’s no need for any punishment for bad behaviour.
Training and having fun with your puppy can and should be one and the same thing.
Puppy training tips
During the weeks after you've brought your new puppy home, you should begin teaching them the basic skills and manners they need to become well-behaved companions.
It's during this period where you’ll be training them to sit, walk nicely on a lead, come when called and learn when not to jump up or bark excessively.
Training your puppy doesn’t need to be a chore. With a young puppy, sessions should be short, frequent and fun for both of you.
So remember, don't panic! Whether you're about to pick up your puppy or they're already with you, follow a plan. Focus on what's important and you and your puppy can learn together over the coming months.
If you’d like to find out more about the PUP plan, please visit Puppy Home School at www.thedogcoachonline.com