When a new puppy enters your home, it can be extremely tempting to want to spend every waking moment with your new best friend.
Although it is extremely important that you have chance to bond with your pup, it’s equally as vital that you start working them into a routine that will not only make your life much easier when it comes to taking care of them, but it also gives them a sense of structure.
The earlier that you start trying to get your new puppy into a routine, the better. You will be able to work caring for your dog into your existing routine without having to sacrifice time with them to get on with your daily life.
So what do we suggest when it comes to finding the perfect routine for your new pup?
One of the most vital things that your puppy will need in order to grow up to be a happy, healthy adult dog is food.
Puppies eat more frequently than adult dogs, which means you will need to establish feeding times throughout the day. Unlike adult dogs who only need feeding twice a day, a puppy will need to be fed at least 3 times a day, just like us humans.
With this in mind, schedule your pup’s feeding time around your own; breakfast, lunch and dinner. This makes it easy for you to remember to feed your dog and it will also keep them from learning to beg for food from your table as they will be eating their own at the same time.
Keep this up for around 3-4 months to ensure that your pup is growing well.
Accidents will happen, but it’s important to establish a routine with regards to toilet behaviour.
Allowing your pup to go out every 2-4 hours will show them that there are rules that they must follow regarding when and where they can do their business.
Make sure that you are training them to go to the toilet in one consistent area so that your pup knows that this is the only area they should be using.
Training the Right Keywords
During our dog training in Surrey, we help owners communicate with their dogs to let them know when they have done something good or bad.
The sooner that you begin introducing keywords such as “good” and “no” to your puppy, the quicker they will pick other commands up when they are old enough to join a training class.
Be consistent with the word and tone that you use with these keywords to ensure that your puppy is associating the words with the meanings correctly each time.
Getting into a routine can seem quite daunting, but it’s essential that dog owners realise how important it is to get their dogs into a routine that their dogs will be able to predict, reducing toilet accidents and begging between meal times.
Here at Dog School, we help owners train their dogs to be the best that they can be right from being a puppy to being happy, well-behaved adult dogs. If you would like to find out how our classes and training sessions can help you and your dog, get in touch with us today by calling 07734 447 812 and we will be delighted to help you.