7 Must-Know Training Tips for New Puppy Parents
You finally did it. You’ve spent hours scrolling through the internet, bored during quarantine, looking at doggos to bring home and you finally found the one. You’re officially a Dog Mom or Dad! Congratulations on your furry addition! After all, is there ever going to be a better time to get a new fur friend while we’re all cooped up in our homes waiting for the different phases of quarantine to be implemented? You have plenty of time to spend with your new pup, training it, loving it, spoiling it, spoiling it some more. And we at Safety Chew are here to help with the whole process.
Being a Dog Parent is a very important job and sometimes it may feel like we’ve bitten off a bit more than we can chew. From potty training to walks to sleeping at night, it’s all new for both you and your puppy pal. Here are a few suggestions on how to make training your dog’s transition to the family an easy one:
1. The Introduction
This is a fun and exciting time, but it also can be stressful for your new dog. He or she is in a new place and could be confused about all the newness. Take things slowly. Be patient and gentle. If you have kids, explain to them to dogs need time and have feelings so be careful not to scare them. Keep your new dog on a leash at first, make slow introductions to the home and your family, and make sure to reward your dog with treats so they know it’s a safe place.
2. Set a Schedule
After your dog is acclimated to your new home, it’s time for a schedule. Set designated times for breakfast and dinner and potty breaks that work for you now and when you and your family are back to work and school. Schedule walks or trips to the dog park and try to stick to those routines. A well-scheduled pup will keep everyone on the same track and make life easier for you and your dog.
3. Potty Training
If you have a brand-new puppy, taking your dog out frequently is a must. Try to pick a designated spot outside for your dog to its business. Make sure you reward your puppy with treats so he or she knows it’s being a good doggo. Remember accidents will happen so stay patient and used pee pads if necessary to get your dog to know where to go if it needs to go outside.
Your new dog may be a chewer, and that’s okay if it’s not your furniture or belongings your pup is chewing on. Get your dog plenty of basic toys like plush animals, ropes and balls and encourage them to play with them when they’re bored. Another great tactic is to distract your dog with long-lasting, healthy treats such as bully sticks. Be sure to use a Safety Chew so your furry friend has a fun, safe chew, every time.
5. Time for a Walk
Walks are a great source of exercise and will be sure to tire your dog out for a good night's sleep. Try to take at least two walks a day. Introduce your dog to a harness/leash early and be sure they’re comfortable. Practice inside or in your backyard and be sure not to pull or drag your dog while on your walks.6. Grooming
Some dogs love it, other dogs hate it. Either way, it’s necessary to groom your dog to keep them at their healthiest. Before plopping your dog in the tub, look up your breed and see if there are designated grooming essentials like certain shampoos, allergies, or special ways to clean your pup. Don’t forget to brush your dog’s teeth and clean their ears!7. Bedtime
Decide early if you’re going to allow your dog to sleep crated or allow it to roam free at night. If crated, make sure it’s a safe, comfortable space for your pup free of anything they could hurt themselves on if they wake up at night. Plenty of exercise will also help your dog be ready for a long night's rest.
Congratulations again on your new puppy! Thanks for reading our 7 must-know tips. Don't forget to use code SP10 for 10% off any SafetyChew Starter Pack!