You may have heard the old adage, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” and while that may not be strictly true (as alumni of Unleash Fido‘s dog training program on behavior modification classes will attest), your life will be easier if you prepare for your new puppy before they arrive.
There is so much you need to do to get ready to welcome your new bundle of joy!
Schedule Puppy Training
No matter how much you love your new pup and just want to have fun with them, you will still need them to pay attention and follow your commands. The best time to train your dog is when they are still a puppy, because they have not yet had the opportunity to form bad habits that you will need to work to undo.
For dog owners in and around Tampa and Jacksonville, Unleash Fido offers Puppy Foundation classes. Our expert dog trainers are ready to help you teach your dog the essential skills they need to have to behave properly in your home and around other people and dogs.
Think of puppy training as a preventive measure to make it easier to live with and love your dog for many years – even after they stop being adorable puppies.
Prepare Your House
While puppy training is great for helping to ensure that your new puppy learns how to behave, it is also important to get your house ready for their arrival. Otherwise, you won’t get the most out of puppy training.
For example, your puppy may not know which rooms they are not allowed to go into. To get them used to your rules, use baby gates. These gates will likely be temporary, as your puppy will soon learn that these rooms are not for them, but it is important to start this type of dog obedience training early.
Other preparations you will want to make include removing all electrical wires from their reach. Also dispense with low-hanging objects such as curtains or tablecloths. Your puppy, especially before puppy training, may find these tempting to pull on, which is not only a hassle for you, but potentially unsafe for them.
Many pet owners also do not realize that their houseplants may be toxic to their puppies. It’s a good idea to either put your plants out of reach when you get a new puppy or move them to a room that your dog does not go into.
Dog Obedience Training at Unleash Fido
When getting a new puppy, all this information can be overwhelming, and nobody in Tampa or Jacksonville knows that better than the team at Unleash Fido. Schedule your free consultation today to put your future or current pooch into puppy training and get your pet-owner relationship off on the right paw!