Need a Training Refresher for your New Puppy?

TrainingNew puppies can be a challenging task to take on—even for experienced pet owners. To help you out, we’ve got some tips and tricks to make caring for your puppy easier.

Housetraining: The Basics

Housebreaking is the number one concern of new pet owners. However, if you practice consistency, your dog will learn faster. We recommend you start teaching your puppy between the ages of 12-14 weeks. To do so, practice the following:

  • Adhere to a regular food schedule for your puppy. No grazing throughout the day!
  • Take your puppy out first thing in the morning and after meals. Then, aim to do it throughout the day, every 30-60 minutes. Also, don’t forget to take your puppy out before leaving him alone or before bedtime. Are you seeing a pattern here? Basically, you’re going to want to take your puppy out often.
  • If your puppy eliminates outside, reward him with a treat, a walk, or a loving pat on the back.
  • Your new puppy will have mishaps from time to time. If you catch him in the act, clap or speak loudly to distract him before taking him outside. Don’t punish him, as it will only teach him to fear you. Finally, you’ll want to clean the area with a cleaner specifically designed for pet accidents so your puppy isn’t tempted to go in the same place again.

Socialize, Socialize, Socialize!

Early socialization can help puppies learn to play well with others. When pet owners ignore this, puppies grow into overly fearful adult dogs. Between 8-16 weeks, you’ll want to expose your puppy to new experiences—friendly, vaccinated dogs and supervised visits with children are a good place to start. To make the introduction process go smoothly, have the kids offer treats to your puppy so he develops a positive association with children.

Grooming—Get Started Young

Typically, puppies don’t require a lot of grooming, but you’re going to want to get them used to the idea while they’re young. This means handling and inspecting them so they’ll be on their best behavior at the vet’s office, for instance. Practice looking into their ears, picking up their paws, and inspecting their fur. Again, as with the other training we’ve mentioned, reward good behavior with treats!

How Can Pet Palace Help?

For many pet owners, nail clipping is a much-dreaded task. We can help! Not only can we trim your puppy’s nails, but we also provide full grooming services including baths, fur brushing, teeth brushing, ear cleaning, and hair styling. Feeling extra indulgent? We’ll even polish your dog’s nails and give him a massage.

We also offer Doggy Day Care which gives your puppy the chance to develop those all-important socialization skills we talked about. At our luxe Doggy Day Care, your puppy will get personalized attention and the opportunity to participate in supervised, small play groups. He can even relax afterward in his own comfortable villa, equipped with heating and air conditioning. No, sorry pet parents, you can’t stay in one—it’s for dogs only!

If you’d like to schedule a Doggy Day Care session—or are interested in our grooming or boarding services—we encourage you to get in touch with us. It’s easy! Simply click here to make a reservation or contact your local Pet Palace. We have locations in Indianapolis, Columbus, Hilliard, Delaware, and Cleveland.

Categories: Dogs