10 Training Tips for Your New Puppy: A Beginner’s Guide

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Establish a Routine

Consistency is key. Establish a daily routine for feeding, potty breaks, playtime, and training sessions. This helps your puppy understand what to expect and reduces anxiety.

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Housebreaking Basics

Start housebreaking immediately. Take your puppy outside frequently, especially after meals and naps. Use a consistent command and reward them with praise and treats when they go.

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Crate Training

Introduce your puppy to a crate as a safe space. Gradually increase crate time, using positive reinforcement. Crate training helps with housebreaking and provides a secure place for your puppy.

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Basic Commands

Teach basic commands like "sit," "stay," "come," and "down" using positive reinforcement. Short, frequent training sessions are more effective than long, infrequent ones.

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Leash Training

Start leash training indoors. Let your puppy get used to wearing a collar and leash. Gradually move to outdoor walks, rewarding calm behavior and proper walking manners.

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Socialization

Expose your puppy to different people, animals, and environments during the critical socialization period (up to 16 weeks old). This helps prevent fear and aggression later.

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Handling and Grooming

Get your puppy accustomed to being handled and groomed. Regularly touch their paws, ears, and mouth. Introduce grooming tools slowly and make it a positive experience.

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Bite Inhibition

Teach your puppy bite inhibition by redirecting nipping to toys and using a firm "no" or yelp if they bite. Offer praise and treats when they play gently.

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Positive Reinforcement

Use positive reinforcement techniques, like treats, praise, and play, to encourage good behavior. Avoid punishment, as it can create fear and anxiety.

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Avoiding Common Mistakes

Avoid common training mistakes, such as inconsistent commands, lack of patience, and punishing accidents. Stay calm and consistent for the best results.

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Patience and Persistence

Training takes time and patience. Stay consistent with your commands and routines, and celebrate small victories along the way.