March 14, 2019 By Keith Lee
Having a new puppy is exciting but if your new pet is overly active and you can’t seem to calm it down, there are some easy things you can do to make things better. To start with, you may want to teach it a few basic commands including how to sit, wait, and come to you. If you need some tips on how to do this, below are a few things that might help.
If you want your puppy to sit, teach it the nose-up/bum-down position and never use its name. Instead, simply use the word “sit” in a firm tone and then reward it with a treat afterwards. If you want your puppy to wait or stop, it is best done through professional obedience training. The reason why it is so important is that teaching your puppy when to wait or stop keeps both you and your dog much safer, especially around stairs and other situations. To get your puppy to come to you, you can keep it simple and simply pat your leg to signal it to come. The most important thing to remember throughout the training is that you should never punish the puppy because you want to simply associate the right behaviour with a lot of praise and good attention.
House-Training Your Puppy
House-training a puppy can be a challenge but there are a few tips that can make the task much easier. When you want to know how to train a puppy the right way, there are a lot of resources available to help you learn this. House-training requires certain steps to make sure that you’re doing it right and these include:
- Always use the crate properly.
- Decide on a keyword for the puppy to recognis This can include “quick go”, “toilet time”, or any others that you think up yourself; also, remember to repeat it often so your puppy gets used to the phrase and knows what it means.
- Pay attention to your puppy’s behaviour so you’ll know when it has to “go”.
- Make sure that you provide the puppy with regular toilet breaks, especially in the beginning.
- Never use negative reinforcement or rough treatment if the puppy has an accident.
- Make sure that you clean the area with an appropriate cleaner each time that there is an accident.
What About Destructive Behaviours?
There are also a few behaviours that you’ll want to tame or eliminate altogether. Your puppy will always love chewing on things so make sure that you give it a lot of chew toys and switch them up daily so it doesn’t get bored. If it is jumping too much, don’t give it any attention until he is calm, turning your back if it is necessary. If your puppy digs, try to have “dig-appropriate” areas in your yard that tell your puppy that it is okay to dig there. Puppies love to chew, dig, and jump but with positive reinforcements for good behaviour and a firm voice when correcting them, it won’t be long before they realise what is appropriate and what isn’t, making them the perfect pet for you.