We all need a little more joy this year. Many people have decided to adopt a dog in the hopes it’ll bring them the happiness they’re missing. In most cases, this is true. However, getting your pup acclimated to your place isn’t as easy as you’d think. Here are some must-know tips for training your new puppy if you’ve made the leap like millions of others.
Get the Right Equipment
Training a dog is no joke, y’all. I remember having so many sleepless nights when I first bought my loyal companion home. However, a quick trip to the pet store eased my anxieties. Here are a few things you’ll need if you’ve recently gotten a new dog:
- Doggy gates to block them from certain areas of the house.
- A luxury dog bed so Lassie can have their personal space.
- Toys so your dog can stay occupied and y’all can bond.
Listen, I know how easy it is to give into puppy eyes. Sometimes, I look at my dog and give them table scraps. But I wasn’t always that soft! In fact, during training, I was very stern with my puppy. Don’t think of it as being mean, y’all. You have to be consistent with your training, so if you’re too nice, it’ll confuse them. You have to stay strict in the beginning so you can get to the mushy stuff later.
Puppies are more complex than you’d think. These creatures have certain behaviors that you’ll need to watch out for so you can give them the best life possible. For example, y’all should know why puppies chew and how to stop it. I can’t tell you how many times I wished I did my research, so I didn’t have to throw out a beautiful pair of heels. It turns out that most of the time, my dog was just anxious and wanted some extra love.
Follow these tips for training your new puppy if you’ve adopted a new best friend in 2020. Dogs make the best companions, but you must train them in order to get to the good times. Hopefully, after some tough loving, the two of you can form a relationship that lasts forever.