Puppy Parenting Training Tips
So you've added a new fuzzy member to the family, congratulations on becoming a pet parent, we're so excited for you! Raising a puppy and creating that life-long bond is such a great experience and we're here to help give you some tips and provide some new parent reassurance!
1. Be Prepared At Home First
Before bringing home your puppy, ensure you've equipped your home and belongings with measures to entertain to your new pet while protecting your stuff.
Get yourself some reliable and healthy chewables for those eager baby teeth, and some nourishing and natural treats and edible chewables. We recommend Newt's Natural Dog Treats. They are tasty treats that come in a variety of flavors for your pup and are hormone-free, with no antibiotics, artificial flavors, or preservatives. That way you know your puppy is enjoying something, being entertained and his health is still being supported.
We also recommend all natural bully sticks which are highly digestible and will keep your pup occupied and having fun for hours, and also come in a variety of sizes and flavors that would suit both puppies and adults.
Having a kennel or pen of some kind can be hugely helpful in training your dog to know what times to go to sleep, how to communicate when they need to use the restroom, and allow it to become a safe place for them. This also helps protect your items while you're sleeping or at work.
It can be wise to immediately get a collar for your puppy, a name and address tag and you can consider getting them micro-chipped for their safety as well.
2. Invest In Puppy Appropriate Food!
As puppy's, their stomachs are still becoming accustomed to regulated meals and dog food and it's important to nurture healthy intestinal flora and ingestion. We suggest one of our favorites, SMACK Raw Dehydrated Dog Food.
This is a grain-free, gluten-free, GMO-free, food for dogs that can be fed like a kibble or with added water. With a high amount of lean proteins like chicken and salmon, healthy fats, a blend of mineral and vitamin rich fruit and vegetables that your pet will crave! This food supports healthy natural growth for puppies too!
Make sure you have your new friend's food and water bowl area is set up for when it's time to feed them, and be prepared with training puppy treats of some kind to dive right into sitting and walking commands when they're ready.
Remember no table scraps! Our often processed human food can be harmful to our pets, especially when they're young. Feeding them from your table can also encourage negative behavior like begging during your own meal times, and jumping on the table.
3. Establish A Routine
It may not seem like it all the time, but puppy's naturally like to follow routines and align with a pack. Setting up a set schedule for when they get walked or taken out, when they receive breakfast/lunch/dinner, when they go to sleep, is very important for both your pet's behavior and overall comfort and understanding of your role in their life.
4. Be Patient & Don't Scold Your Puppy
Although puppy's are often smart and quick learners, they still need time to comprehend what going to the bathroom inside means verses going to the bathroom outside. They can't link you being upset and yelling to them going to the bathroom inside. They won't understand this right away and you must be patient in repeating the steps of showing you cleaning it up and taking them outside and repeating your bathroom commands.
The same goes for chewing on items they shouldn't. Simply replace the item with a good chew and say 'no' to the other item, and 'good chew' to the replacement.
5. Socialize Your Pet
It can be helpful to invest in obedience classes for your puppy, not only for them to continue to strengthen their understanding of rules/commands but also so they can mingle and play with their classmates and puppy parents!
This way they'll feel more and more comfortable and be well behaved around other dogs as they continue to grow. Establishing comfort throughout their experiences is vital, especially in the 3 to 6 month old period.
You should also carve out some time to play with your pet one-on-one to also continue to build your relationship too.
Welcome again to the puppy parent family! We hope these tips help you and don't hesitate to reach out to the Waggles Team for any further articles, natural healthy pet food, treats, and toys! All your new pet parenting needs you can find here at Waggles Pet Supply, we're here to help!