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First 3 Things To Teach Your Puppy

First 3 Things To Teach Your Puppy

Welcoming a new puppy into your life is an adventure filled with joy, playtime, and, of course, a bit of training to ensure your furry friend grows up to be the best companion possible. Training a puppy requires patience, consistency, and the right techniques.

Luckily, in a video from the American Standard Dog Training, they share their professional insights into the top three things you should teach your puppy to set the foundation for a well-behaved and happy dog. 

1. Potty Training

Potty training is the first and one of the most crucial steps in your puppy's education. According to the video, carrying your puppy outside to their designated potty area is key, as young pups can't hold their bladders long enough to wait for you to open the door and leash them up.

By consistently bringing them to the same spot, they'll quickly learn where it's appropriate to relieve themselves. Additionally, developing a potty training schedule based on their eating and drinking habits will help you anticipate when they need to go out, making the process faster and more efficient.

2. Crate Training

Crate training goes hand-in-hand with successful potty training, as highlighted in the American Standard Dog Training video. Puppies are creatures of habit, and the crate helps establish a routine, providing a safe space for them to rest and preventing accidents around the house. It's important to make the crate a positive space, filled with comfortable bedding and favorite toys.

With patience and positive reinforcement, your puppy will learn to love their crate, making it easier for both potty training and creating a sense of security for your dog in various situations.

3. Managing Puppy Biting

Puppy biting is a natural behavior but can become problematic if not addressed early on. The video advises against the common internet tip of redirecting with treats or toys after a bite, as it may inadvertently reward the behavior.

Instead, they suggest offering appropriate chew toys from the start and employing gentle, minimally aversive corrections if your puppy continues to nip.

These methods, such as a leash pop or a scruff shake, are designed to discourage biting with just one or two repetitions, ensuring your puppy learns proper manners quickly and effectively.

These three training pillars—potty training, crate training, and bite management—are fundamental in raising a well-mannered puppy.

Remember, the goal is to build a loving and trusting relationship with your pet through positive and consistent training methods.

For more in-depth advice and additional training tips, including a bonus fourth tip on engagement for obedience, check out the full video below: