Integrating a new dog into our household and daily lives can be tricky, especially if we already have another pet in the house. But fortunately, with the right guidance, you can ease them in, ensuring peaceful coexistence.
In this guide, we’ll provide strategies for proper training so they’re well-behaved in various situations.
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1. House and Crate Training
More than likely, your dog will live inside your home. That means you need to crate and house-train your pup. This starts with setting up a routine so they know when it’s their designated time to go outside. Put them on a feeding schedule at the same time during the morning and evenings, then wait 30 minutes before walking them.
If you have a service dog, you’ll need to perform more specialized training. Learning how to train a service dog takes a lot of patience since they’ll need to learn more advanced techniques like fetching objects or knowing when signs of panic attacks occur.
2. Leash Training
Every pup needs to walk on a leash; this prevents potential accidents that could be devastating. Many states, like California, have leash laws that mandate that they’re always leashed in public. If your pup is fearful of leashes, you’ll want to slowly introduce it to them. It’s important not to chew them on the leash.
You can get them comfortable by practicing loose leash training. Avoid pulling the leash to correct their behavior. The goal is to get them excited whenever they see the leash, which will signal a fun time outside. You can use positive reinforcement to help them get used to the leash faster.
Not all dogs are friendly at first. Some get along better with humans than other pets. You’ll need to slowly expose them to other pets and humans to acclimate them to different situations. Puppy training classes are a great way to have your pet socialize with other healthy puppies.
Of course, ensure they receive proper vaccination before having them greet other animals.
Make sure to have them explore many sites and scents in the world. Taking them to pet stores, dog parks, car rides, and other adventures will give your newly training dog more exposure to other people and pets.
4. Basic Commands
There are some essential dog commands that every dog should know, such as speak, come, stay, and sit. They give your pet structure and get them to pay attention to you. This can help to remove behavioral problems. For example, say you’re walking your dog on the streets. You may have them sit anytime a rowdy dog walks by or at cross stops.
Wrapping It Up
Pets offer us many benefits, including social support and emotional well-being, and we hope this guide has been helpful for you and your pup. Proper house training and socialization are a necessity when it comes to integrating them into our daily lives – especially when involving other dogs. They need to be able to function without having accidents in your home, chewing up your couch, or trying to fight with other animals.