Training & Socialising
Training and socialising your new puppy can be an exciting and pleasurable experience as well as an important one. Start by calling your puppy by his new name, this in itself will start to give him confidence.
For the safety and security of your puppy it is essential that he learns to walk on a lead sooner rather than later, this should be done within the confines of your home and garden. Start with a soft collar placed around your puppy’s neck, not to tight, but equally not to loose, usually allowing two fingers between the neck and the collar for approx ten to fifteen minutes at a time. Repeat this many times throughout the day for a few days. Once puppy has settled with his collar you can attach the lead and encourage him to follow you, this will probably for the first few times be greeted with a look of disgust, however, with encouragement and persistence in just a short period of time your pup will be walking quite happily on his lead.
After having all his necessary vaccinations (the second one usually two weeks after the first, It is time to take your puppy out into the world. Take care at first to find quiet areas away from busy roads and noisy traffic which could affect your puppy’s confidence, building up slowly to areas such as these.
Once your puppy has gained in confidence it is a good idea to take him with you wherever you go, town is ideal, as is a trip to the pub. Local training classes can also be useful for socialising and putting you on the right track too.
If you own a car, the sooner your puppy gets used to it the better, start with short trips to the local park, building up to longer trips as time progresses. It should not take many journeys before he is waiting to jump in the car at the sound of the car keys being picked up.
It is essential at this time not to overdo your puppy’s exercise, his bones are still soft and too much muscle build up can lead to deformity of the bones. Under no circumstances allow your puppy to walk up and down stairs or jump from high places as this can cause serious damage that may not become evident until later in life.
House training should start the moment your puppy arrives in its new home; paper training is usually the best way to begin this.
Place sheets of newspaper on the floor leading to an outside door, over a short period of time slowly reduce the sheets of paper until only one remains next to the door, then outside. You play a big part in helping your puppy to be clean in the house so do be vigilant at all times and offer praise and encouragement when he gets it right. The most usual times that a pup will want to relieve himself is on waking from sleep and after finishing a meal, but all puppies are different and you will soon get to know the characteristics of your own.