So the pup has been picked, it’s now home, where to from here? First things first, a feed and water for pup then playtime!
Generally one of the first questions I’m asked is how to toilet train the new pup which is actually quite straight forward. As soon as the new pup wakes outside with it, not in a few minutes but straight away. Very quickly pup will learn that is the deal and will start dropping hints it needs to go to the toilet, it’s up to you to learn those hints. Whether it’s the pup goes to a curtain spot, a corner or door there will be a hint. Accidents will happen but there is no reason to growl, in fact you are the one that should be growled at for not reading pup properly.
Next on the list is feeding pup, that should start the way you intend it to be fed for it’s whole life. I always get a bag of very good quality pup food to start them off but this gets mixed up with any food scraps and/or good quality dogroll. There is nothing worse than a dog that is fussy about what it will eat so much much easier to get them used to all the food right at the beginning.
Remember here as well, pup needs to be wormed every two weeks till it’s 14 weeks old.
The big thing right now though is handle that pup, spend as much time as you can playing as this is great handling and makes for a much more sociable and trainable pup later on.
Hopefully it hasn’t taken long to name the pup so call it by it’s name often.
When everyone is interacting with pup they need to use it’s name. When someone comes up they will call it something else, a genital correction here will make pup learning its name quicker and easier. A simple pups name is “here” can you please call it that, when they first meet, the faster pups name is learned the better.
Now go play with that pup!
So you finally found the pup you wanted. Congratulations! Let the fun begin. Training a pup is quite straight forward, consistency and repetition are the key words, if everyone that comes into contact with the pup acts and treats it the same it won’t take long for you to have a well trained dog.
Courtney and Jack produced these wee cracking Foxy pups
Before even picking the pup up it’s a good idea to work a few things out with everyone that will be involved, everyone needs to understand consistency is very important.
When pup is going to be walked on a lead what side will it be on?
Can everyone whistle? Are you going to clap your hands instead of a whistle. What whistles are going to be used to do what with a command?
Is there going to be hand signals used? What hand signals for what command?
If everyone knows the commands and uses them properly pup will not get confused so will learn much quicker.
If you are picking the pup up on the day of choosing or have picked it out earlier on the day of pickup make sure the breeder does NOT feed the pup if you have any distance to travel.
The reason for this is so simple, a belly full of food and a new pup possibly travelling for the first time very often leads to a car sick pup. If this happens it can put them off the vehicle so instilling an issue to begin with, water is fine but no food.
Make sure the pup has had a really good run when you pick it up so it gets a good chance to empty out, that and a tired pup will go to sleep quickly once the car is moving.
The reason for me starting these posts about dog training is fairly simple. I have a lot of dogs for work and breed replacements with extras being sold. That and the odd accident happens, namely sometimes I don’t notice a bitch has come on heat till it’s to late and some bastard dog has been into her already.
Have fun with that new pup.