As cute and loving as puppies are, adding one to your family is no easy task. Once you get a puppy, and the cuteness begins to wear off, you’ll soon realize that puppies are a lot of work – it’s like having another child! They need to be trained on how to do everything – from going to the toilet to eating at the right time to not barking or biting – there is so much that your new furry friend will need to learn in order to be a much loved and appreciated member of your family.
While professional puppy training is recommended once your puppy reaches the age of 6 months old, it’s highly recommended that you begin your own training as soon as possible. While the idea of training your puppy may seem daunting, it’s actually quite simple to train him or her the basics.
By reading through the HCCF Puppy Training Guide, you’ll get to know the basics of puppy training. Your puppy will be nice and obedient by the time he or she is 6 months old, so that they’ll be more than ready to take on more obedience training when the time comes.
Before you begin training…
You’ll need to make sure your puppy has all of the essentials – so that he is in a happy and healthy environment to learn new things. For your new puppy, you’ll need to ensure you have the following:
Food & drink
Although this seems obvious, you’d be surprised as to how many people don’t have enough food prepared for their new pup! Puppies – although small – eat a lot of food, and should generally be feed 2-3 times a day. Depending on what breed your puppy is, you’ll need to have both dry and wet food available. Paying a little extra to buy quality dog food, as oppose to the cheap stuff from the supermarket, will help ensure your puppy grows up happy and healthy. A good quality dog bowl will be a great investment too.
Your puppy will have a lot of energy, so you’ll need to ensure there are plenty of things for him or her to play with – unless you’re okay with them biting on your favourite pair of shoes! There are a range of dog toys available, including rubber chew toys, soft plushy toys and nylon bones.
Whether you have a small or large dog with long or short fur, you’ll need to have the right grooming equipment for them. This includes a quality dog brush, natural dog shampoo and pet clippers. It’s important to keep on top of your puppy’s grooming, to prevent bad smells and matting of the fur.
Although your puppy will be active for a lot of the day, they’ll need their area for sleeping too once they get puffed out. It’s important for your puppy to have his or her own bed, as this will stop them from sleeping on furniture or in other unwanted places. Take a look at the Snooza Pet Products website for some great quality dog beds.