Bringing a puppy home is a big responsibility, but there are 5 things you should NEVER do to your new puppy. Training these cute four-legged furballs can be challenging especially for a new pet parent or even an experienced one. We suggest setting things right from the beginning is the best way to start. Puppies are fast learners but, require a lot of time commitment from you. Being separated from their mother and fellow mates to enter the world of a human is totally new to them. So you will have to be gentle and patient to set the ground rules for them to pick up slowly. Now, we also recommend you to never do these 5 things to your new puppy.
1. Never get aggressive or negative in your commands
Remember they are puppies, any negative, aggressive, or a bunch of commands thrown at them will only leave them scared or confused. The kind of energy you emit is the energy they will pick up as they grow up. So be gentle, try to get their attention, and then say the command once. Develop this as a habit to slowly develop a pattern of listening to you in them. NEVER take out your bad moods, frustration, or anger on them. This will make them aggressive cause them psychological trauma.
2. Never encourage biting
Puppies are playful, and while teething they may nibble at your thumb or fingers. Do not encourage this, instead replace this with a cold carrot or a rope toy. If you ignore these harmless nips, it will result in painful bites as they grow up.
3. Never give your puppy too many treats
Too many treats will spoil the appetite of your puppy and make them fussy eaters. Instead, reward them treats in moderation while training. Do not melt by their begging, crying, or large puppy eyes and give in to treating them treats.
4. Never use puppy pee or potty pads to toilet train
Yes, you read it right! If you train them to use these they will probably feel okay about pooping and peeing in the house. Ensure to take them out for a walk after regular intervals to develop the habit of finishing the toilet business outside. Also, carry a litter scoop to dispose of the litter responsibly.
5. Never forget mealtimes
Give your puppy meals four times a day up until the age of 4 months, and two meals when they turn 6 months. Make a timetable, set a reminder, and ensure to serve them meals at specific times. This will not only help them to be disciplined but will also improve their digestive system. As a bonus, you will also be able to take note of their defecating time and plan your walk around it.
The key is to be patient with yourself as much as with your puppy. There is no need to rush or do everything at once. With some of these basic training methods, they will start understanding you. As a pet parent, the initial few months can be a lot of hard work, but once they get the drill, it will all become easier.