Getting a new puppy is so exciting! All you will want to do is cuddle and play with him, every minute of the day. However, it’s important that you establish a routine with your pup and introduce obedience training as soon as you can. Training takes time and patience, so it’s beneficial to have an idea of what type of schedule you’ll be able to work to before you bring them home.
Prepare your home
You’ll be carrying out the majority of your puppy training in your home or garden, so make sure there is plenty of space for you both. Ensure that small parts or valuable items aren’t left in accessible places as your puppy will want to chew anything and everything. But do ensure puppy-specific items, like food and water bowls and their bed, are kept in places that they can easily find.
Do your research
As there are many ways to train dogs, it’s advisable to research the different options before your puppy comes home. Purchase a clicker and a plethora of treats and incorporate them into your training routine to see which one your pup responds to the best. It’s also a good idea to get them plenty of toys, not only to keep them stimulated but because these will also come in handy when teaching the ‘drop it’ command.
Prepare your schedule
Puppy training is a constant process so be sure you are able to adapt it into your lifestyle. Command training takes practice and persistence, as some puppies don’t take to it right away. Before your dog comes home, it might be helpful to create a list of core commands that you want your puppy to learn. This will help you structure a schedule and it will be fun for you to tick off each command as they learn them.
Set aside some time each day that you can dedicate to training. This should be a time where distractions are minimal – ideally, a little while after your pup has eaten or when the house is quiet. Be sure to establish mealtimes and bedtimes, too. Bedtimes are especially important if you are crate training.
Walks and play time
Training takes a lot of concentration and can be frustrating at times for both you and your puppy, so it’s important to factor regular breaks into your routine. Make time for playing and cuddles as well as regular walks to keep them fit and healthy. This is also a great opportunity to introduce your pup to other dogs and (when your training routine is firmly in place) try out some of the commands he or she has learned!
If you feel like you need some extra support with your training, you can check out your area’s local obedience classes. Qualified trainers offer a variety of classes and courses that can help you with the training process. They’ll be able to answer any of your questions and give you expert hints, tips and advice.