Training Tips - Doggie Addition to your Family
Clients ask me how to introduce a new addition to their family and I wanted to pass along some tips that might help. These are the 6 Essential Steps for when you add a new addition to your family. This will help your new four-legged family member to make the transition smoothly and easy for you too!
6 Simple Steps to Start Off on the Right Track with your new Doggie addition!
Step #1: 30 minute outside adventure
Take them outside and around your house or neighbourhood for 30 minute. Let them sniff out the backyard, frontyard and around the house to familiarize them to their new surroundings
Step #2: Off leash in house
Walk your new doggie off leash inside the house and have them follow you from room to room. This will help them check out their new surroundings in a supervised manner.
Step #3: Beside your feet
Give them some fresh water, a little food then sit down on the couch with your new doggie beside your feet for a good scratch. This creates the bond and helps them to settle down nicely beside you rather than on top of you!
Step #4: Choose where they will sleep
Decide on where you want your doggie to sleep. My suggestion would be to allow them to sleep in their bed or crate in your bedroom. Therefore, you know if they need to get up in the middle of the night for a quick pee before returning back to bed. I would give them a good off leash walk or run around the outside of the house a few times before bed.
Step #5: What to do next?
During the week, just take time to bond with your new addition and have them follow you around. Also, give them short periods of alone time in their crate or exercise pen with a good chew toy or stuffed bone. They also need to start learning how to be on their own.
Step #6: Start housetraining
Choose an area where you would like them to eliminate and take them to that area on leash every couple of hours. Begin rewarding each and every time that they eliminate to reinforce where you would like them to do their business.
Enjoy your new lifetime companion!
If you have any questions at all on these training tips then please send me an email at Marcia@happyhound.ca or give me a call 613-253-5535 and I will walk you through the process to help with your success.
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