Your very first puppy: Home Training Tips
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Once you’re settled, that’s where the real fun begins. Training your new puppy at home can take patience and is a period of adjustment for all involved. Today, Bondi Vet explores the things you’re likely to encounter during this time.

If you’ve been following this series, you’ll have heard some great advice from Dr Chris Brown in Part 1 on what to look out for when you pick up your new puppy. In Part 2, we found out what to do when bringing your puppy home for the first time.

In the below article, Dr Chris Brown explores the different behaviours that your new puppy might begin to show.

Toilet training

One challenge you’ll have with your puppy is house-training him within a few days. Your puppy must quickly learn where they should go to the toilet and the consequences of eliminating inside the house when you’re supervising.

A great tip is to put dirt and grass on your puppy’s indoor toilet box. Your puppy will soon associate the smell outside with going to the toilet. After a while, you won’t need to put the dirt and grass there.

Puppies will want to go to the toilet after eating, sleeping, playing and drinking. Be ready to take your puppy to the set toilet area within 30 minutes of each of these activities. Take him to his spot, give a few words of verbal encouragement and then praise and pat your puppy once he’s finished.

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Socialising your puppy

Socialisation is an essential step to those crucial early months. Once they’re ready, it’s a good idea to get them outside. Let them encounter different people, animals (particularly other dogs) and situations. Make sure you do this after 13 weeks.

Socialising at home is also really important, some tips include:

  • Feed your pets separately to avoid competition at dinner time
  • Give them a space to live and sleep
  • Ensure cats have space higher up (e.g. raised surfaces), as they will feel a lot more comfortable with a new dog around

Don’t worry about minor disputes with the cat at the start; that’s what breeds familiarity with your pets. Just try to keep it playful.

Protect your pooch

Look out for poisonous plants in your outdoor areas. There are plenty of innocent-looking plants that can cause problems for your puppy. More than 80 plants are harmful to your pets, including:

1. Brunfelsia (Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow)
2. Tulips (bulb plants)
3. Cycads (Sago Palm)
4. Vitis (Grape Vine)
5. Nerium Oleander

Consider puppy school

Getting your puppy some training will help to build a good bond between the two of you, and you’ll be rewarded with a happy, well-behaved pup. You can enrol your dog in puppy school from the time they’re around 12 weeks old. Ask your friends for some recommendations.

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