Congratulations on your new dog! How old is it? Is it 8 weeks old or a bit older at the age of 2 months? Regardless of the age of your puppy, there’s one thing you need to take care of right away i.e. house training your puppy. The feeling of owning a dog is blissful as long as your puppy (or dog) listens to you. but how will that happen? You will need to train your puppy from the very beginning so that he can adjust according to the “house rules” and such.
Now, having a puppy is a lot of fun, they are small, cute, and will lick your face every chance they get. So training a puppy requires more effort but they easily adapt to the changes with proper training. There’s so much to learn for a puppy.
Develop Skill Set – The First Thing you should Train your Puppy
Every breed is unique and different in its own way. Some dog breeds are smarter or show a higher level of sensitivity or intellect as compared to other dog breeds. For instance, retrievers are considered to be one of the best house dogs but on the other hand, they make up for one of the best hunting dog breeds too with proper training.
You need to train the puppy according to the type of breed. We have enlisted some of the easy to remember tips that work best for all dog breeds.
1. Name your Puppy
House training begins by naming your puppy. This is the fun part, to name your puppy you need to be aware of certain names that will help your puppy familiarize with his surroundings. A short name is preferred as it is easy to remember and dogs have shown to perk up their ears over shorter names. Names like Pluto, Jack, or Ginger can sound catchy enough that the dog’s attention will be right towards the speaker. If this happens that means you have accomplished the first step to house train your puppy.
If you adopt an older dog, let’s say 3 months old, then they are already used to a name, so they will get accustomed to the given name by the owner quicker than a young puppy.
2. Train 8 Weeks Old Puppy with Socialization
It is exactly like how it sounds. Your puppy is now part of the family; therefore he will be seeing not only the family member but people in your close circle. A puppy at 8 weeks old starts to create an affiliation with the owner.
Take them outside the house and to the park or open ground from time to time so that they can adjust to the adults around them. Puppies easily socialize than adult dogs (if they are not trained). Early socialization will help remove the fear, anxiety or depression, and even aggressive barking.
3. House Train a Puppy Yourself
You can hire a professional pet trainer but if you have the courage to adopt a puppy then it’s best to do house training with your puppy by yourself. You can start by getting some training lessons for yourself and implement those accordingly.
House training implies certain house rules that your puppy will learn to follow and remember. For instance where not to pee or when to eat and not to eat and so on. You can begin by starting with the feeding schedule for your puppy. Develop a norm, a habit that will help him to stick to a schedule.
Keep in mind not to be harsh in punishments to your dogs as it may not have the desired effect. The better and easier way to do house training is to attune him to reward treats for good behavior.
4. Crate Training for Younger Puppies
Early puppy training must begin with the night schedule. This includes the time of the day when they need to be inside their dog crates. A crate is used to confine a puppy for safety purposes and also is helpful when you are unable to supervise a pup.
Crate training also helps your pups to avoid developing bad habits like chewing shoes. Once you have set the pee schedule for your dogs while house training them, it will help to create the sleeping schedule for the dog. Crate training will ease the level of anxiety that sometimes dogs have while sleeping.
5. Prevent the Chewing
One thing that any 8 weeks old puppy loves to do is chew! This isn’t something new, nor is it out of ordinary behavior for younger breeds. However, chewing is a habit that can get worse with time if not controlled.
One of the best training tips for an 8 weeks old puppy is to practice the confinement trick. It doesn’t sound bad in reality. It’s easy for a puppy to develop the habit of roaming around the house (and not stay), it may develop anxiety in puppies from an early age. They will become more restless and the training will go down the hill. While you put your puppy in confinement, you can use dog toys as part of the chew training.
6. Bite Training
Don’t dogs love to bite hard? If your puppy bites hard, it’s best to step away from them for 30-60 seconds. It will teach them to make their bites low in proportion when playing. While you work on the chew training give them toys that will control the urge to bite hard unnecessarily.
A bite inhibition determines the way your puppy must use his sharp teeth. Canine bites are downright painful even if accidentally. Therefore begin the bite training sessions when the puppy is 10 weeks old. Allow them to use their mouth when you are playing but the fun stops when the biting begins.
So it’s best to train a 10-week old puppy to avoid the bad habit of biting. With proper puppy training, it is possible.
7. Obedience Training
Once you are done with the chew training and bite inhibition, this will resolve the next step. Obedience training is perhaps one of the hardest parts to train a puppy. Dogs need to learn obedience commands from a young age. You can begin with using dog toys as rewards or even use the meat for a similar purpose.
Engage your dog with basic but fun exercise and playtime. Even catching the ball (or stick) can go a long way. You can start working on the obedience commands as soon as you get them, so start with the basic training like sit, lie down or come, and so on.
Plan a Puppy Training Schedule
A properly planned training schedule will be most helpful. It may seem tough in the beginning but later onward it is fun and easier.
To plan a puppy schedule you need to follow the week by week strategy;
- Begin the puppy training when they are 7 weeks old. This is an ideal age for the pups when they become familiar with their surroundings. Teach the daily routine chores like the placement of food and water bowls, eating schedule, bed schedule, morning walks, bathroom schedule, and the grooming too. But remember to be very consistent.
- When puppies are 8 weeks old, start with crate training and confinement. Teach them to lower the bites and handle toys gently, not to nip or mouth at someone’s hand or feet (begin the basic obedience commands).
- At 10 weeks old, begin the leash training for walks. Train them to wait by the door, to become quiet at times by not barking at harmless things.
- At 12 weeks old train the puppy to follow sit and run commands. Later include the dog exercises too for their good health and so on.
A training schedule is all you need to divide the training chores and enjoy the day alongside your puppy.