The saying goes that you can teach an old dog new tricks, but when you have just brought a brand new little puppy into your home you may be forgiven for thinking that the saying has got it backwards. Puppy training however can be done from the first week that your puppy has entered their new home, and the first few days at home with you can be vitally important to setting the pace to your upcoming puppy training.
From the start of puppy training you need to establish ground rules for your own sake, for the sake of the rest of the family and for the puppy’s sake. This way everyone will know where they stand and there will be less confusion as to what is permitted and what is not. Puppy training, like all forms of dog training requires consistency, and by letting the puppy do one thing today but yelling and disallowing it the next day will only cause confusion and will lead to a puppy that will learn to unnecessarily push and test boundaries – making future puppy training a lot more challenging.
Remember that puppy training should be fun! And it is a wonderful way to spend time with, and bond with your cute little puppy!