We are a nation of dog lovers. Around 44 percent of households have pets in the UK, but the most popular pet by a mile is a dog.
There are thought to be around 9 million of them. That is a lot of dogs! Owning a dog can bring so much joy and they quickly become part of the family. Here are 10 training tips for your first puppy:
1. Decide on your house rules
What are the house rules? Decide early on what you are comfortable with. Where is the puppy allowed to go and where is off-limits? Will you let them sit on the sofa or sleep with you upstairs? Make a plan and stick to it. This helps to set boundaries.
2. Give them their own room
Pet owners have a legal requirement to make sure a dog has a suitable environment to live in. Keep them happy by giving them their own space. This can be a den, a bed or a cage. Dogs need a place to relax and to spend time alone and to feel safe. Adding a warm blanket and a favourite toy can also help to make them feel relaxed.
3. Have a routine
Start early with regular meal times. Make sure you give your four-legged friend a suitable diet. Each dog is different and what suits one dog may not work for another. It is fine to feed your dog a pure dry kibble diet. Or you can mix it with meat, fish and vegetables. Remember to never give your dog chocolate as it can be poisonous for them. Going for regular walks and exercise will help to install routine.
4. Toilet training
Take your puppy out to the toilet first thing. It can be helpful to take them to the same spot in your garden to encourage a habit. Each time they do their business, make a fuss of them and offer them the same treat. Dogs are clever and they will quickly learn they get a tasty treat if they go to the toilet outside.
5. Teach them to listen
It is important to teach your puppy to listen to you. They need to know not to run into the road or to come back to you if you call them. So how do you do it? Make sure you exercise your dog first and then discipline them and give them affection. Puppies can be similar to children and they will not listen if they have energy to burn. If they respond when you tell them to, reward them with treats and praise.
6. Teach them to sit
Teaching your puppy to sit helps to teach him good manners and can help keep behaviour under control.
It can sometimes take hundreds of repetitions to teach a puppy a new command. Be consistent and make sure family members are doing the same as you. Offer a treat if he listens. Practise makes perfect.
7. Never reward bad behaviour
Give lots of praise to your puppy when he is good, but never reward bad behaviour as this will only confuse him.
8. Discourage biting or nipping
Every puppy likes to chew, be it nibbling on your fingers or other items in your house. If your puppy won't stop biting, pretend it hurts and that you are in pain. They will be so surprised they should stop. If that fails, swap your hand for a toy or bone that he can bite instead.
9. Be patient and calm
Keep training sessions short. Be patient and consistent but make sure you let your puppy know who is the boss. Say no firmly if they are being badly behaved.
10. Be positive at the end of a training session
After a training session let your puppy know he has done a good job. Give him lots of praise and rewards and he will be more likely to work hard for you next time. If you’re looking for a pit of puppy love, why not place your puppies face on one our customizable pillow covers?
Your beloved pooch may be circling around you for a few minutes before you realize that he is trying to tell you something.
There are many such actions by dogs, which are clear pointers to their behavior and how they are feeling at any point in time.
Many of the repeated canine actions can even be health concerns. It is recommended to be aware of them to take care of your canine friends in a better and more responsive manner.
Well, feeling isolated or alone is common in humans. Did you know that your canine friend also experiences similar emotions? Like humans dogs can get upset if their loved ones leave, dogs also get sad when their pet parents are away.
Sometimes, it is important to be aware of identifying why your dog is feeling the way he is. Could it be that he is feeling sad from being alone or does it signal something serious?
Relax. We have made a list of the symptoms from which you can easily identify if your dog can have separation anxiety. You can then take steps to reduce his anxiety and make him calm down.
With many seasons coming and going, throughout the year, keeping a dog’s paws clean can be tough. Spring and Winters can be especially challenging, with the rains, sleet, snow, mud, slush and melting snow.
Going and playing outdoors is going to be there in every season, so it is better to take adequate precautions rather than just avoid going out.
Once they frolic outdoors, while coming back, they can have a host of dirty and unhealthy stuff on their paws which should be cleaned before it can cause any harm.