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Consider how excited you and your family are for the new arrival of your little puppy. Now, imagine how a blossoming 8 week old puppy must feel. In a word – overwhelmed. There are so many new sights to explore, smells to sniff and people to meet it can be a sensory overload, especially when you are still learning about the world around you. Training the perfect puppy is not going to happen overnight. It takes time and effort on your part. You will need to spend a lot of time going over the rules and commands so that a puppy understands what is acceptable and what is not.

Puppies are unaware that some of the things they find natural to do are actually on the ‘no-no’ list. This includes peeing anywhere and everywhere, jumping on furniture, nipping people, chewing on shoes, barking and begging and whining for food. It is important to be patient when it comes to house training a puppy and to ‘puppy-proof’ your house before the new arrival comes home.

House Training 101

When house training your puppy, consider how your puppy may be feeling. He is most likely chewing on everything, from your fingers and your slippers to your indoor rental garden. However, he is also in the process of teething and the chewing sensation will provide some relief. Furthermore, dogs explore the world through their mouths. Instead of scolding your puppy for chewing on your shoe, ensure that he doesn’t have the opportunity to do this by hiding these items away from him. Give him bones and other toys to chew on instead. This will help alleviate some of the pain he is feeling and allow him to explore in a more appropriate way.

Accidents are going to happen, especially in the first few weeks of owning a puppy. When you first bring puppy home you will need to place newspapers down on the floors and try to keep puppy in one main room. This will avoid any accidents on the floor. You also need to show him how to go outside (or wherever his bathroom is). This means plenty of trips outdoors and plenty of time spent sniffing out the grassy areas to find a place to do his business. If puppy does have an accident, do not scold him, shout at him or rub his nose in his mess. This will make the situation much worse. After several trips outside and several ‘good girls’, she will eventually get it.

Puppy Proofing your Home

In addition to lavishing as much attention as possible on your new puppy, you also need to prepare your home for her arrival. When renting a home, the first step is to get permission from your landlord. Many houses, apartments and condos come with a ‘no pet’ rule so read through the lease agreement and speak to your landlord.

There are a lot of things puppy will get into when he arrives home, some of which can be dangerous and even deadly. Some house plants can be toxic to puppies such as rhododendron, dumb cane and philodendron and some items can be choking hazards such as children’s marbles and dice. Make sure all electrical cords are out of the way and that all valuables are securely hidden from puppy’s line of vision. Be sure to keep the garbage in a safe area and keep puppy away from cooked chicken and turkey bones, chocolate and any cleaning products. Finally, while house training your puppy, always remember that a puppy does not mean to behave badly – she is just learning and it is up to you to offer patience and guidance as she grows into a dog.

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