Everyone loves puppies and especially that wonderful puppy breath. But did you know that most new owners do almost everything wrong to begin to train their puppy? Unfortunately, people view puppies as small dogs, and they’re not – they are babies. Puppies have certain needs to not only be trained, but needs related to their food which must be high quality, needs related to their ability to fit into our human world and needs to be comfortable with everything in our human world. Up until the time you get your new puppy, their entire world pretty much consisted of their litter mates and the area where they were kept by the breeder. The first things owners want to do of course is to have their puppy potty trained, then right behind that is dealing with the biting and nipping that all puppies do. Among new puppy owners there is a common thought process about the problems of potty training and biting and nipping that complicates an otherwise easy process, because this thought pattern confuses the new puppy. Here are 9 misconceptions new owners have about their new puppy:
- Having accidents every day in their home is part of the potty training process – it’s just what they do.
- Leaving the puppy in the back yard to potty is good potty training and easy for the owner.
- The new puppy should be able to give them a sign or a signal when it needs to go potty.
- It’s cute when their little puppy jumps.
- The puppy is asking for love and affection when it jumps, that’s all.
- When the puppy bites, it simply means that the new puppy is just teething and the puppy will grow out of it.
- Letting the new puppy sleep with them is great for the puppy and lots of fun for the owner.
- Leaving the puppy’s food and water down all day for it to eat and drink is easier for them.
- It’s fun and the puppy loves to wrestle or rough house with the kids and me – it’s how we bond.
These thoughts can not be further from the truth. Whether you are at your wit’s end with your new puppy, or just beginning your puppy training efforts, you must understand immediately what you need to do to help your puppy be successful now and in the future. Be as comfortable with the trainer of your dog as you are the teacher of your children. And remember, Opportunity Barks!