Starting on the right foot with your new companion

Before adopting a new pet, you need to expect that you will need to modify your life style. You should start by finding the breed of dog that is right for you. Then you can adapt your routine to your pet’s needs. The training (education) that you give your pet will establish the kind of relationship that you will have with him. Here are a couple of tricks to help in the education of your puppy.




Acclimatization period

A puppy needs time to become used to his new environment. He needs stability; he needs to learn to recognize his new home, its odors and its sounds. That is why you should avoid bringing him with you when leaving your home for at least a couple of days.


You should have your puppy to become used to wearing a collar and a leash so that is why you should train him by having him wear the leash throughout the house, and by doing so very early on in his life. Then, once he reacts less to this new object, you may take the leash, and invite him to follow you.


During his first visit outdoors, have him explore and discover the areas around the house. Little by little, have him confront the outside world since it is very important to socialize him. He must have contact with other animals and humans in his area.


Here are 12 steps that will bring your dog to being housetrained;


1-Always bring your puppy outdoors when waking, after meals and after play.


2- Always have your puppy exit by the same door.


3-Bring your puppy outside to the same spot, which will stimulate him.


4-Reward your puppy immediately, and put a lot of emphasis into it when he does it in the desired spot.


5-In the house, always keep your puppy within eyesight.


6- Never permit your puppy to urinate or pass a stool in the house.


7- If possible, do not return immediately in the house after the puppy has done his business.


8-At night your puppy must sleep in his cage, one that is appropriate for his size, so that he will not do his business where he sleeps.


9- During the first week, limit his access to water between meals and after 6:00 pm.


10-If your puppy does his business inside, tell him no, pick him up and bring him outdoors right away.


11- Never reprimand your puppy if he is not caught in action.


12- Always bring your puppy outside when he asks no matter what time of day or night it may be.

Proper use of the cage

Use of a cage is important, not only to house train your pet, but also as a tool for his overall education. A puppy like a child, wants to touch everything around him. However, unlike a child, the puppy explores with his mouth. In order to protect your goods, it’s preferable to put your puppy in his cage while you are away from the home, since you cannot keep eye on him.


Furthermore, certain objects can represent a danger to him. We regularly receive puppies that have swallowed objects, have been poisoned, or even been electrocuted at our clinic. Therefore a cage is the safest place for your dog in your absence; it’s as useful as a playpen is for a human baby.


You should offer your puppy a variety of textured toys, Kong, cords, stuffed toys and other dog toys. You should never offer object that have belonged to you personally, since these objects hold your scent and your dog will be unable to make the difference between his toys and your objects of value.


A dog needs to exercise regularly. He needs to be stimulated psychologically and physically through obedience training and by encouraging him to play. He must respond to his master’s commands (sit, lay down, fletch, play ball, etc.). Your furry companion will therefore be less likely to develop pathological behavior problems (anxiety, auto mutilation, destructive behavior, excessive barking, and aggression).

In conclusion, to have a well educated puppy, you must respond to his needs, Adopting a dog is a contract of many years so , to have an enjoyable relationship with your dog, it’s important to start it on the right foot.