Puppy Dog Training Tips


To ensure that the new puppy in your life settles down in your home and grows up to become a good family pet, here are some of the best puppy dog training tips.

Bad Habits

Do not allow your puppy to develop bad habits. Bad habits can include biting and chewing footwear and furniture, excessive barking and general disobedience. Puppy training at an early stage can help prevent this.

Socialization - Other People

Don't keep your puppy under wraps. Make sure it meets other people. This is an important aspect of growing up for the puppy. When living with humans, it is important that the puppy is at ease with a variety of individuals.Boxer Puppies

Socialization - Other Dogs

Your puppy should learn to be comfortable in the company of other dogs.


Keep your puppy in your possession whenever you can during the early stages of its life. Take your puppy with you when going out. This may seem odd but it will help you bond more quickly with your puppy. Of course, if it is a large breed, it may not be possible to carry it on your person for long.


Don't reward scared or apprehensive behavior. If your puppy shows fear of his dog crate for example, do not mollify it in such a manner as to let the puppy think that there is something wrong with the crate. This will only emphasize that there could be something to be afraid of with the crate.

Toilet Training

Puppy dogs cannot control their bladders until they are about 4 months old. Until that time, use newspapers to cover the floor.

As the puppy gets older, you will learn to recognise the signs that it needs to carry out bodily functions and be able to act on them.

Take your puppy out at regular intervals. If this is not possible, take it to a chosen area in the house for this purpose. Whenever your puppy does the toilet in this area on its own, be sure to praise it.


Give your new puppy its own place to sleep. A dog bed (size dependent on breed) or even a cardboard box will do to begin with. This will help it feel more secure.

Puppy Pen

If possible, make use of a puppy pen as a toilet when going out. Cover the area inside the pen with newspaper or other material to support the idea that there are only certain places that the puppy should do its deed. If you don't have a puppy pen, leave newspaper in strategic places around the house.


Don't allow persistent barking. This is something you should quickly nip in the bud. If left, it will become more difficult to stop later.


Never punish your puppy dog for chewing. Chewing is a natural function of the teething process. Pups need to chew in order to stimulate the growth of permanent teeth that will later replace their baby teeth. It's a good idea to provide your puppy dog with a number of chewable objects to help protect your furniture and other important items like your mother's slippers.


This is very common amongst puppies and is often a means of seeking attention. Ignore whenever possible and ignore any whining when you first isolate your puppy dog for sleeping. Failure to do this will only encourage it to whine more and could lead to problems later.

Time Out

What works with children doesn't necessarily work with puppies. Don't be tempted to use the "time out" principle with your puppy. If you use a puppy crate or cage for example, you risk the puppy associating the crate or cage with something bad without understanding the reason behind it.

Other Dogs

If you already have a dog, it should only take a little while for your dog to lose any jealousness it may have
towards the pup. Since dogs are very sociable animals this jealousy will soon pass and the puppy will be accepted by the older dog fairly quickly.


Dog Backpacks

These are extremely useful for carrying around those things that you cannot or don't want to carry. Train your puppy early.





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