Puppy Troubleshooting Tips

Without a doubt, the first few months of puppy ownership can be the hardest, especially if you are a first time dog owner.  Like babies, puppies require a lot of work and their inability to effectively communicate with us can lead to a lot of frustration and sleepless nights.  If you are having a difficult time with certain training or behavioural issues, consider the following tips.

Borrow a Well-Behaved Dog

two puppies playing By nature, dogs learn best from other dogs.  Puppies want to emulate older dogs, which makes training a puppy much easier if a well-trained dog is already in the family.  If you do not have a second dog of your own, ask a friend or family member if they can bring their well-trained dog over for a visit.  Training issues such as going potty in the yard, walking on leash, sitting on command, and behaving well indoors can all be made easier.

Hire a Puppy Sitter or Dog Walker

Consistency is crucial when raising a puppy.  However, most pet owners do not have the luxury of working from home and keeping an eye on their pet 24/7.  Hiring a puppy sitter or dog walker to stop by during the day can reinforce a puppy’s training, including potty training and good house manners.  This is also a good way to give the puppy extra exercise and socialisation, which will alleviate certain bad behaviours such as digging.

Attend Puppy Pre-School

Many hiccups in training are caused by problems with communication.  Puppy pre-school combines obedience, owner training, and socialisation in one package and can be a life saver for frazzled pet parents.  A dog trainer will teach owners how dogs communicate with humans and will teach ways in which communication, such as a dog telling an owner it is time to go outside, can be improved. Puppy training school in Melbourne

Think Like a Dog

When teaching your puppy good manners, such as not to jump, you should approach the situation from the dog’s perspective in order to be most effective.  For instance, a puppy jumps on a human in order to seek attention.  Telling the puppy “no” or pushing the puppy away may still be seen as the reward the puppy was seeking:  interaction with the owner.  What the puppy does not want is for you to ignore him or her.  Instead of punishing your pet verbally or physically (which should never be done under any