Walking is great for our and a dog’s health. And the sooner you can start leash training the better because you will lessen the chances of a pull-related injury later. But mainly, learning leash behaviour will give you another great way to bond with your puppy and spend more outside time together. Praise and treats when the leash is loose and the puppy makes eye contact can help the puppy become more comfortable. If the leash tightens and the puppy starts to pull, stop and wait. By stopping, the puppy is taught that it should not pull forward without you. As soon as the puppy stops pulling or turns to you, meaning he or she recognises that you wanted to stop, loosen the leash and reward the puppy. After this, try again and, if necessary, stop again. A little leash training in the beginning will pay off big for both you and your puppy in the long run, and on long runs. And remember, you’re in charge but allow your dog to comfortably explore the outside world. Sniffing around is a natural behaviour for both a puppy and an adult dog.
Learning bathroom behaviour.
Some puppies are tidy inside when they come to a new home. Others may need some more time and patience. Your bathroom routine should start as soon as you arrive home. If you take your puppy outside when he or she wakes up, eats, and drinks, your puppy will most likely quickly learn your routine. Give your puppy time to sniff around and find a spot they like and let them go in peace. Successful performances can be rewarded with praise or play, meaning positive reinforcement. Acting quickly when your puppy needs a bathroom break will help encourage good bathroom behaviour and keep your interior spaces clean. Choose an easy-to-wear harness or collar and store them near the doorway. This makes quick exits easier. And of course be careful if you need to move small puppies quickly. A little pee here or there is better than an injury.
In addition to indoor cleanliness and leash behaviour, the puppy can be taught other important skills such as remaining calm and responding to your commands. Again, the sooner you start your training the better. Call your puppy and when he or she comes, praise and reward accordingly. Once your puppy learns to respond as you wish indoors, you can then move to a safe space outside to continue your training.