Training your dog
Upon his arrival
Plan ahead and designate a place where he can sleep. You can put down a pet basket or a quilt for example. Your dog will be more comfortable in a quiet place where he can settle in tranquilly. A living room like the lounge or kitchen is a perfect place for your new puppy.
Your puppy may be a little lost because of the move, the change of environment and the loss of all emotional and physical bearings. So be sure not to rush him, be patient. Not having his mother next to his side anymore, he needs gentleness and tenderness. Take him in your arms to reassure him once every now and again! But be careful not to overdo it because your dog may become clingy and fearful…
Do not hesitate to put down the house rules straight away. Your dog should be supervised so that he can eventually thrive: Say “no” when he disobeys set rules. Learn how to be firm when necessary. He will be more receptive if you assign an order to his name or a movement. Being very attentive animals, signs are important for dogs.
A few tips
Dogs love to communicate and interact so do not hesitate to talk to him as you would to another human-being. In order for him to progress in his training, reward him for every good deed. For example, bringing back a thrown object can be rewarded by a treat or a hug.
Thus, with every good deed, a happy sensation will come across your puppy.On the contrary, bad behaviour should be punished. Do not wait. Your dog will not understand being his punishment if it happens a few hours after his slip-up. If he poops in your living room, you can isolate or ignore him for a while. (Bear in mind that a puppy usually becomes “potty-trained” when 4 to 5 months old).
Training your puppy requires a lot of your patience. He will not learn his name, “sit”, “lie down” or how to stay clean in a couple of day...
Integrate your dog into your daily life by presenting him to other calm, non-aggressive dogs, children or your friends. Your dog will become accustomed to living in society. Playing with your dog or puppy is a necessity, but always stay in control of the game – you are the master, not him.