Puppy Tips – NEW!
Have you just welcomed home a puppy or know someone who has? Here are some of our top puppy tips!
Tip 1: Ditch the food bowl!
Straight away we want to work on building a great relationship with our puppy, so most of their food is earned directly from us. In fact, you will very very quickly find that there really isn’t enough food in the day for your puppy with all the fun and games you can be playing with them! We use all of our daily food in teaching them key life skills through the use of games. This promotes CONFIDENCE, and ENGAGEMENT and your puppy learns that being around us is FUN and really great things happen! It’s all about growing that relationship with your puppy from the get-go!
Tip 2: Teach your puppy to love going in a play pen or crate
When we aren’t working with, or supervising our pups directly or very very close by, it’s super important to give them a safe place to be – one where they learn to be calm and relaxed and one that they are safe from the world and the world is safe from them too.
Tip 3: Teach your puppy it’s fun to be handled
Training your puppy to be really comfortable when being handled whether that’s by you or someone novel to them is a crucial life skill for a number of reasons…
- If your dog needs to be checked over by a vet
- Nail trimming, ear cleaning, brushing, grooming, clipping, massage, osteopath, physio, and general day to day maintenance
- Basic care and welfare especially if you ever need it for rehabilitation or convalescence for your dog
Tip 4: Puppy biting is normal!
All puppies go through a puppy biting phase, it is often at its worse when puppies are teething. Biting can also be a sign of tiredness too, so ensure you puppy is getting plenty of rest. If you’re in the moment of a frenzied puppy biting episode, either redirect your puppy on to a toy, a chew, a stuffed kong – give your puppy an activity. When redirecting your puppy onto an activity, the key is how you deliver the activity. Remember, you want your puppy to calm down so redirect your puppy on to something in a calm way!
Tip 5: Toilet Training Success
With regards to house training: Be vigilant – watch for the signs they never hide that they need to go there are always the obvious signs, spinning, looking agitated, sniffing, pausing….be vigilant! The younger and smaller the puppy, the smaller the bladder. If they are generally active then they may need to go as often as every 15-30 minutes, not so much when they are sleeping but when they are active. Keep a close eye! Don’t leave it to chance take your puppy out more regularly rather than less, and take them out at all different times of the day.