Pooch in Training:
Tips for When Your Pup’s Terrible Two’s Come A Little Early
Puppies crave discipline from an early age. To feel as if they are part of a pack, it is up to us to train and socialize them for both their benefit and our sanity! Here are 3 tips to get you started:
Puppy Tip #1:
Train 'Round the Clock
Start a daily routine as soon as you bring your puppy home. As the pack leader, it is important to remain consistent and establish a stable environment. Start with the simple things, like where your puppy’s food and water dishes are located, what times of day you will feed him, and his sleep and wake schedule. Reassure your puppy with an attitude of confidence and leadership throughout this entire process.
Puppy Tip #2:
Know Your ABC's of Training
At 2 to 3 months of age, your puppy should begin learning the basics. Perhaps the most important are verbal commands, like “no”, cueing your puppy to stop whatever he is doing, and “good”, a positive reinforcement. It is just as important to remain a calm, confident pack leader during this process.
Puppy Tip #3:
Own the Law of the Land
Set general ground rules within the first 2-3 months of your puppy’s life. Learning to respect you as the pack leader is important in establishing acceptance of basic house rules. A daily walk is a great way to reinforce your leadership role in the relationship.
Positive reinforcement with our Bil-Jac Little-Jacs Small Dog Training Treats or our Original Recipe Dog Treats is a great way to keep your puppy training on the right track. Remember what author Bridget Willoughby once wrote: "The journey of life is sweeter when traveled with a dog."