A puppy can be so cute that training can turn into laughter at its antics instead of seriously working towards obedience!
My puppy is a designer mix between a Bichon Frise and Toy Poodle. What that really means is that she is the cutest mutt ever!
The thing with a cute puppy is that they grow out of their cuteness and turn obnoxious when they are chewing, jumping, and making a nuisance out of themselves.
Training is the key because an obedient dog is really what we want most. Right?
Bringing a new puppy home when you have babies and toddlers is really not the best idea. How do I know? I thought you’d never ask!
When I had a 4 and 2 year old, we had two puppies that I was house breaking and training. Go figure. I was toilet training inside with my daughter and outside with the two puppies. Talk about crazy!!
Just warning you.
Otherwise, puppies are wonderful because it is good to have a dog. Animals are good for children and fun for the family. At least most of the time. They do bring a boatload of responsibilities for whoever is house breaking and doing the training.
Tips for Training a Puppy
1. Take Your Puppy Outside Every Hour at the Most
Sometimes my puppy needed to be taken out more often. At first, it seems like it is way too often and it can be hard to get other things done. It will pay off.
2. Teach Your Puppy Commands to Sit, Down, Stay
I taught my puppy to ‘sit’ and ‘stay’ before she was allowed to eat. She is allowed to eat when I give the command, ‘Eat.’ This trains your puppy to control her urge to lunge at the food. It also teaches her who is the boss! Once she has the ‘sit’ command somewhat mastered, I work on the command for ‘down.’ What I expect of her is actually to lay down in a sitting all the way down position. I give the command ‘down’ for simplicity. I am teaching her to stay and that simply takes time.
3. Teaching Your Puppy to Stay on a Towel
Saying that a puppy is rambunctious is an understatement. The purpose of getting her to sit on a towel is so that she learns to stay in one location when I need her to. I tell her to ‘stay on the blanket’ and give her a treat. She is learning quickly.
4. Crate Training Your Puppy
Years ago we made a wooden box that we used for training our puppy. I bought a puppy cage for our current puppy and it is working so well. She is not allowed to roam our home without being totally supervised, even at 6 months old. If I need to eat, work, or cook, I leave her in the crate if she is being too rambunctious and needing more supervision than I have time to give. She will settle right down as she feels at home and secure.
5. Walking and Walking Your Puppy
If you want to wear your puppy out, walk her and walk her. Even after getting in over 10,000 steps my puppy still has tons of energy left. It doesn’t work. One thing that has worked is that she has never chewed on things too much. That was something she learned fast! The computer cords being the first lesson. I read that when you give your puppy lots of exercise that they are not as destructive. Who knows. It depends on the characteristics of the breed and personality of your puppy.
6. Keeping Your Puppy on a Leash Inside and Outside. Always.
One mistake that I have made is not being consistent with leash training my puppies in the past. Consequently I have a Saint Bernard that is difficult to handle on a leash. Not to mention that she is too big for me! Our Golden Retrievers were somewhat leash trained but they also ran free in our yard. That worked for them until we needed them on a leash. That is why I am being so diligent in training this puppy on a leash. When she is loose in the house she will often want to play. When I tell her to ‘come’ she decides it is time for a game. She is tiny and like grease lightening. It is impossible to catch her. Until she will obey and ‘come’ I rarely let her off the leash in the house. I keep her nearby on a leash in the kitchen rather than take a chance of having an accident on the carpet.
A Puppy that is a Delight
Having a puppy that is a delight is so much better than one who is stubborn and willful. I researched the breed that I have and they can be very destructive and disobedient without proper training. What dog wouldn’t be?!
That is why I am working diligently at training my puppy. I highly recommend that you do too so that in years to come, you have a dog that is a delight to you and your family.
Do you have a dog? What tips can you share with me so I can train my puppy better? I am sure these tips are not conclusive!