Training can begin the second your puppy arrives at its new home. Puppy brains are like a sponge ready to soak up everything you want to teach them. We recommend enlisting your puppy in kindergarten classes so that they get used to being around different people and dogs. Depending on the class, you can enroll them as early as 8 weeks.
Don’t punish your puppy. Yelling and hitting does not teach a dog how to behave, but it is unfair to punish a young puppy who is still trying to figure things out. Train your puppy with patience and be consistent about house rules.
Don’t let your dog do anything as a puppy that you don’t want them to do when they are an adult. If you give your puppy endless amounts of affection every time he jumps on you he will continue to do so once he is an adult.
The most important house rules include housetraining and chew control. This will prevent bad habits and establish good ones. Keep him supplied with plenty of chew toys so he gets used to chewing on them and not your belongings.
Growing puppies need more nutrient-dense food than adults. Make sure the food you are buying is specific for your dogs age and breed.
Prevent your puppy from jumping on hard surfaces like concrete. It is best to wait until they are at least a year old to take them on runs beside you.
Be prepared for a personality change, your puppy is growing and changing every day. This is one drawback to getting a puppy rather than adult, where you know already what type of personality the adult dog has. To make sure your pup grows into a great companion you have to make sure to give him lots of attention, training and socialization with people and other dogs.
For a friendly, safe and confident dog, expose your puppy to as much as possible so that he will be more receptive as an adult. For example:
People of all ages, shapes, colors and sizes
Being handled and groomed
Having people around his food bowl and possessions
Loud household appliances
Introductions to new events and things should be presented gradually to build positive associations.
Avoid scaring your puppy. Anything that scares your pup, particularly between 8-11 weeks of age can turn into a lifelong phobia.
The recommended age to spay or neuter your pup is as young as two to three months. Early spaying cuts a female dog’s risk of several diseases. Also, early spaying or neutering can prevent problems like marking and escaping.