Nothing can bring joy to a family quite like bringing a puppy into the mix. But training a brand-new puppy is no simple task, so everyone must be prepared to put in their fair share of work. At 2 months, your little companion is still very new to the world but is probably starting to understand some commands, but there is still a long way to go. Read on for some great tips and tricks to help you keep your 2-month-old pup on track.
If you don’t already have a crate, it’s important to get one sooner rather than later. Although you might feel guilty “locking” your poor puppy away, it is actually comforting for them to have some time in their own area that is cozy and secure. In nature, many dogs like to find small, enclosed areas to retreat to, and having a well-maintained crate can help to curb anxiety.
It will take some time, but you can train your puppy to enter the crate by offering treats and positive reinforcement. Leave the door open in the early stages of crate training until your buddy begins to enter it on his own. Once the dog has learned to use the crate, line it with soft blankets, old t-shirts, and toys to make a comfortable and familiar atmosphere for your puppy.
When potty-training your pup, you want to encourage consistent, reliable behavior, and the dog should expect the same from you. Every time you go out, be sure to go to the same spot. This will help the dog become familiar with the act of going outside for potty, and he will begin to associate the spot with the need to relieve himself.
You should also be consistent with your potty times. Dogs learn better when they are on a regimented schedule, so set your alarm in the morning and always take your puppy out 15 minutes after a meal. Predictability will help your dog to adjust to your schedule and will result in fewer accidents.
Reacting angrily to an accident or poor behavior will only cause your dog to become more anxious and less trusting of you. When you get a puppy, realize that accidents are going to happen and that your patience is going to be tested. You can’t let these situations get the best of you. If you find yourself getting frustrated, walk away and take some deep breaths and remember why you brought a dog into the family.
Positive reinforcement is the way to go when it comes to puppies. If they receive treats or belly rubs for doing the right thing, they are more likely to repeat those good behaviors. If your dog misbehaves, don’t start yelling “no!” Instead, find a way to distract the dog so that he or she can focus the energy on something else. When they correct their own behavior, you can reward them.
For puppies and old dogs alike, exercise is incredibly important. Young dogs have an abundance of energy and it is crucial for them get it out. Failure to do so can result in boredom which leads to anxiety and bad behavior. On the flip side, a tired puppy is a happy puppy, so let your good boy or girl run around to their heart’s content!
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