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Basic  Puppy Training


We recommend that you take your puppy to training classes, even if you have an idea on how to train your puppy, it is still good for socialisation and you can meet other new owners. The basics of puppy training are quite simple. You praise the good behaviour using either treats or toys as a reward and your puppy will start to associate good behaviour with a reward.

Another good thing to do on a daily basis whilst a puppy is doing a ‘vet check’ regularly. This includes looking in their eyes, ears, teeth, running your hands over their body and touching all their feet, all the time telling them what you are doing. This is a good way to try and ensure they get used to having these areas examined and don’t become resentful or worried in the future about it, both at home and at the vets.

 

Your puppy's bed


Sleep in an important activity for puppies and unlike children, they know when they need to sleep and a sleeping puppy should never be disturbed.

A bed for your puppy should be arranged somewhere quiet and out of the way; a place where your puppy can escape to be left alone. A suitable bed can be as simple as a cardboard box with the front cut out and some towels or sheets placed inside, especially for young pups that are going to grow.

Some people like to invest in a puppy crate/cage. These are a good idea but should be treated as a place your puppy can escape to rather than somewhere you put them as a punishment.

 

Feeding your puppy

When it comes to what to feed your puppy there is no such thing as one perfect diet for all, it’s what works best for you and you puppy, so you need to ask advice from your vet as to what would be most suitable as the diet can vary on your pup’s size and breed.

Any change in diet should be done gradually over a period of time, introducing a small amount of the new diet to the current food until the current diet is phased out. On average this normally takes a week.

Amounts to be fed vary on the diet but frequency should be roughly as follows on this chart. table of feeding puppy

With regard to large breed dogs such as Mastiffs or Great Danes they can take twice as long (about 2 years) to reach full maturity.

Please ask if you require further advice.

 

Toilet Training your Puppy

Toilet training is one of the most important things that you should teach your puppy! The easiest way to do this is to be consistent and praise your puppy when they do their business in the garden

 
The times your puppy will  most likely need to go out are:
About 25 mins after eating 
After Sleeping After playing/any excitement
Every 1-2 hours 
 
If your pup does have an accident in the house the worst thing you could do is to shout at them, as this will make them nervous and have an adverse effect on the training and your relationship. Instead pick up your pup up and take them outside and then praise them for going outside.

 

Puppy Socialisation

We run puppy parties here at Damory Vets to help pups socialise and for clients to meet other new owners .
Click here to find out more.

Socialisation is very important for puppies. To be a happy and well adjusted pet they need to get on with other animals and everyday experiences.

There is a sensitive period at the start of their lives, up until 12 – 20 weeks old, where puppies are more tolerant of experiences and therefore more likely to enjoy them.

A pup that does not receive adequate socialisation can develop unwanted behaviour traits.  A typical response is to be fearful of an unfamiliar person/surrounding and this fear can then easily turn into aggression. Most aggression in dogs has a root in fear, which is usually a result of inadequate socialisation. Socialisation is actually very simple; it’s just a case of making sure the puppy has as many good experiences with as many new people/things as possible when young.

 

Insurance

There are many policies available from different insurance companies. Some of these policies are considerably better than others. We cannot recommend insurance companies but we do advise you research well before making a choice and insure you have taken out a lifetime policy if possible however, this is up to you as the owner to decide.

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