17th April 2020
The second of our puppy training posts, discover three more tips to make the most of time staying at home with your newest addition
As we shared in our first post, if you have recently brought a puppy home to join the family, while you are respecting our need to #stayathomesavelives now is the perfect time to start puppy training. This is because puppies learn fast at a very young age – between the ages of 8 to 16 weeks and beyond. Try out the next few tricks to help you give your pup a great start.
Training tips and tricks
4. Home time
Being somewhere new is an exciting, and anxious time for new puppies. They will want to get to know their new surroundings by exploring. And they will also be around sights, smells and sounds they have likely not had before.
Let your puppy get used to household noises. This is especially important in preparation for when you get to go back to work or out of the house. Try this with new things, for example, the vacuum cleaner. Encourage them to explore it switched off, before moving it around (switched off) so they can get used to it. When they are happy with this, vacuum in rooms away from where your puppy current is, before hoovering in the same room as your puppy.
Home alone? It is also important to let your puppy get used to being alone. Train them to become familiar with being by themselves while you are in the house and create a safe area for them. Feed your puppy treats and leave special toys specifically in this area to help them associate this space with good things.
When your puppy is happy to enter the area on their own, they are ready to start training for their alone time. Start by only leaving them in there for a few minutes, then build up the time over the course of a few days. Make sure you check on your puppy while they are training, but don’t give them too much fuss as they are learning to be on their own.
If your puppy is crying or whining in the area, shorten the time you leave them in the space for and try and build it up gradually. If you think leaving your puppy alone for a full working day when you return to work is too much, find a dog walker or pop back to check on them on your breaks.
5. Explore the great outdoors
Once your puppy has had their vaccinations, it’s time to start taking them out for their daily walks. It’s a great way to make the most of your once-a-day exercise as suggested while we #stayathomesavelives. While you are out and about, try different routes for your puppy to get used to the sights, smells and sounds outside.
Encourage them to explore different things, while keeping your distance from other walkers and their dogs. This is to protect your puppy while they build their immunity and this is especially important while we are adhering to the government’s advice to stay 2 metres from other people. Walk your puppy once a day to make sure they get the exercise they need.
6. Nourishing them naturally
During the first 16 weeks of age, your puppy is growing and learning quickly, so it is important to feed your puppy nourishment that will help support their development.
Our Puppy Perfect is a grain-free puppy range that is designed to support the rapid changes in the bodies, build and strength during their development stage. With salmon oil to support their immune systems and Omega-3 fatty acids to help healthy gut bacteria fight off any illnesses, as well as containing the best quality meat and vitamins, this will nourish your pup naturally.
Now is the perfect time to spend time with your new puppy! Make the most of your time to create a bond with your dog and to practise training your pup. Share your tips for training puppies and any puppy training photos on our social media. #NourishEveryDog