What are the five rules of puppyhood?

A lot of advice is given to new puppy owners by family members, neighbors, and even that overly chatty dog park proprietor. There are some good decisions and some bad ones. It's crucial to consider your pup's needs and your bond with them when evaluating such advice because the first few weeks of a new puppy are crucial. The following five behaviors are never acceptable for puppy parents:

The owner of the puppy should never repeat these actions.

1 - Give your puppy freedom gradually.


Your dog needs constant supervision. When you're not there, if you let them have their own pleasure, they can turn to chewing on wiring or furniture. Therefore, keeping an eye on them now is easier and safer than waiting until undesirable behaviors have already developed and then having to fix them.

A crate will help you contain the puppy while providing them with a safe place to retreat to when the situation becomes too much. I offer home and social training at the house if you need assistance with crate training your dog.

Put all medications out of reach, cover wiring, and pick up anything that they might be able to chew while puppy-proofing your home.

2 - Don't vary your behavior


Dogs find comfort in routine. They like to be aware of the times for meals, walks, napping, playtime, and other activities. Confusion and anxiety are lessened if they can anticipate their daily agenda. Because predictable restroom breaks result from regular mealtimes, routine is also helpful for potty training.

Create a schedule that suits your requirements and those of your dog, then stick with it. Your dog will be happy, and stress-related problem behaviors will be reduced.

Another important factor is commitment to household customs and proper behaviour. If your puppy isn't permitted to jump over you while you're dressed professionally for work, they shouldn't be permitted to do it while you're wearing jeans. Your puppy won't know how to act if your expectations are arbitrary, and you'll be dealing with unwanted behavior well into maturity. Make sure the rules are followed by all members of the household.

3 - Do not neglect socialization.


The first three months of a puppy's life are crucial for socializing them. Otherwise, they'll feel overpowered, which could result in a dog that lacks confidence. Your breeder should begin socializing your puppy, but after you bring it home, you are responsible for doing so.

Meeting new individuals and their dogs is only one aspect of socialization; it also involves exposing your dog to as many beneficial new experiences as you can. You should also introduce the dog to other objects, such as mops, vacuums, cats, and walking styles.

Make sure these experiences are enjoyable and fulfilling. The puppy might not be loving the situation, so don't force them into it. One unpleasant encounter could destroy all your hard work. Keep up with your puppy's pace while lavishing praise and treats on them. You can benefit from socialization and training classes for puppies.

4 - Waiting before training your dog


It's easy to get carried away by the dog's cute and entertaining activities. However, your puppy will mature.

As a puppy, those particular actions could seem sweet and innocent, but as he gets older, they'll become annoying. The joyful puppy biting turns into plain painful biting when your mature dog leaps at guests. The small jump he makes when he meets you quickly gets out of hand.

You should start teaching your puppy as soon as you get it home. The puppy you own develops and grows quickly, just like newborn humans do.

Teach your dog his name and fundamental cues like come, sit, or stay. Establish a regular schedule to help him learn when to eat, when to sleep, and if it's okay to use the restroom.

At this young age, when they are most eager and prepared to listen, puppies are at their peak learning capacity. The first few weeks are critical for bonding, instruction, and determining how well your puppy will develop good manners as an adult.

5 - Using rude techniques


Never yell at the dog or subject him to severe punishments in order to "teach him a lesson. This will make the 'Doodle learn to dread you, which will make the issue much worse. Doing so is really harmful.

Positive training techniques have been shown to be quite successful. Instead of concentrating on what your puppy did incorrectly, this technique of training and communicating with him emphasizes what he is doing properly. 
Positive encouragement, meanwhile, need not equate to lax behavior.

Without limits, dogs are going to grow unruly and potentially dangerous. However, you don't have to discipline your puppy harshly to teach him good manners. Making each other feel good will strengthen your relationship and stimulate your mind.

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