The Ultimate Step by Step Guide to Raising a Puppy 🐶

Hey everybody! I wanted to create an all in Guide so you can establish a great foundation to raise an amazingly healthy and obedient puppy. After raising three dogs I’ve definitely learned a few things here and there. Some were things I wish I would have implemented earlier, some were things I wish I never would have tried! All of which would have made my dog's learning path a bit more structured and easier. This is my guide for you 🐾❤️🐾 with everything I know and wish I knew earlier.

#1 House Training

Make sure you stay on top of house training! House training is all about being very very vigilant of your puppy. They are still unaware of what's right and what's wrong. So if you build a set structure for bathroom breaks they will start to realize and remember where and when they should be going for their potty needs. To help with this structure I positively recommend crate training. Its one of the most successful potty training techniques available. I have a more in-depth article on how to crate train, click here. Please stay away from puppy pads. I will admit, I foolhardily believed puppy pads were the easiest way to potty train at one point, but oh boy was I wrong. You’re actually setting your dogs up to fail with these. The reasoning for this is that eventually the problem comes when the owner is ready to move from potty pads to outdoors, and they realize that their dog has been trained to use the bathroom inside the home.  When they remove the pads the dog simply does what they were trained to do.  Pee or poop on the floor.

#2 Rewarding Good Behaviors

Rewarding good behaviors is a key building block to a well trained puppy. This is a critical point in your puppy’s development, so if they do something you don't like make sure to ignore it, DO NOT give them attention for bad behavior.

#3 Socialization & Exposure

A puppy’s key socialization window takes place from birth until around 12 to 16 weeks of age. This means from the moment you bring your new puppy home (usually 8 – 12 weeks of age; earlier is not better as there are lessons your pup needs to learn from their mom and littermates), it’s absolutely crucial that you expose your dog to positive experiences with other dogs, different people, places, and sounds.

#4 Lay the Foundation

It is essential that your puppy understands basic commands, them being Sit, Stay, Come.These commands are essential because if your dog knows them well, it can be the difference between life and death. You’re setting the foundation to having a well mannered dog by simply teaching them these 3 simple cues. Practice everyday; A five minute practice session a day goes a long way! (with treats of course 😉) It not only keeps skills fresh in your dog’s mind, but it is a great bonding opportunity for you and your furry friend.

#5 Consistency!!!!!

Set consistent rules so your dog knows what to expect. Example: Don’t want your dog on the couch? Then never let him/her up on the couch. Don't want them on the bed? Then don’t allow them on the bed, ever. Sounds basic and possibly mean, but many people make exceptions to rules, leaving their dogs confused. Your dog might repeat the undesired action and it won't be their fault for not knowing it’s not okay because YOU broke the rules beforehand; You did not set the proper expectations for your dog to succeed. Be consistent!

#6 Have Fun

Spend as much time with your new pup as possible. Dogs are social animals, and as such, need to be around their humans. Remember that your dog inherently wants to please you. Give them the tools to do so, and have fun together! PS: If you need supplies such as treats and toys for your new best friends make sure to use my affiliate link for Chewy or Amazon Pets, just click the images below!!!!

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