Cute puppy.

There are few things as exciting as bringing a new puppy into your home. This cute little character is like a wind-up toy, recharging her batteries before bouncing around the house again.

And although you’d rather spend your time playing with this charming little creature, training a puppy is also important. Without it, they might turn into a cheerful little tyrant determined to destroy your house.

These tips will help you get started on the right foot. Your Sunrise Boulevard Animal Hospital veterinarian can provide more detailed guidance during those first few “meet and greet” appointments.

How to House Train a Puppy

Chances are that house training your puppy is among your top priorities. You certainly don’t want her peeing or pooping in the house. To avoid this unwelcome behavior, help your puppy establish positive habits, just like you would with a young toddler.

For example, get your puppy to follow the same potty schedule each day. Every day, feed her at about the same time. After she eats and drinks, walk her outside to take care of business. In addition, take her out for potty breaks every time she wakes up from a nap.

When your puppy performs the desired behavior, reward her with praise, playtime, or treats. This positive reinforcement will encourage your puppy to repeat this behavior. Avoid negative reinforcement, such as yelling at your puppy or rubbing her nose in stinky feces. This will only confuse her, leaving her unsure about what to do the next time.

Tips for Training a Puppy

A well-rounded puppy training program should include several key areas. By devoting effort to each one, you’ll help your puppy grow into a well-rounded adult dog who exhibits the typical desired behaviors.

Basic Obedience: Teaching your puppy basic obedience commands provides her with welcome structure and behavioral rules. With positive reinforcement training, she should soon be able to demonstrate the “sit,” “come,” and “lie down” behaviors.

Socialization Program: Get your puppy acquainted with the great big world around her. Introduce her to trees, grass, and varied sights and sounds. Gradually allow her to meet other dogs (and people as well). Over time, she’ll become a well-socialized pooch who’s comfortable in varied situations.

Crate Training: A properly-sized crate can serve as your puppy’s personal little den. With a cozy warm blanket, she can enjoy a few hours in this controlled environment. A crate is also a good confinement tool. By keeping your puppy contained and safe, she can’t chew on furniture, shoes, live electrical cords, or other “off limits” objects.

New Puppy Vaccinations

Right after you bring your new puppy home, she’ll visit your Sunrise Boulevard Animal Hospital veterinarian for a wellness exam and nutrition recommendations. Your pup will also get her first new puppy vaccinations.

Given over your puppy’s first few months, this series of shots will help your young dog avoid infectious canine diseases. While you’re there, your vet can provide details on puppy training classes and local training resources. Call to schedule an appointment.