Here at Lifeline Puppy Rescue, we emphasize that one of the most important things you can do after adopting is signing your puppy up for puppy training and socialization classes. As puppies learn and grow, much of their temperament is influenced by the structure of their home during their formative years. Puppy training can help prevent behavioral issues that result in puppies being surrendered later in life. Training is also a great way to bond with your puppy and develop deeper connections with them. To understand the importance of puppy training, we sat down with puppy trainer Sonya and asked her some questions adopters may want to know:
When should I start training my puppy?
Training should begin the moment you bring your new puppy home. Puppies and dogs do not automatically know what we expect from them being a part of your family. It is up to us to show them boundaries.
What does “puppy socialization” mean?
Socialization is one of the most important parts of having a puppy or dog. It is our responsibility to always introduce them to as many new dogs and people and locations and experiences as we possibly can throughout their lifetime so they are comfortable and at ease in any situation.
I’ve trained my older dog, do I need to take puppy training classes?
All dogs learn differently. What training method worked for your older dog may not work for your new puppy. Puppy classes are also a great socialization experience for your puppy.
How long will it take to house-train my puppy?
Every dog is different - the timing will all depend upon how consistent you are with taking your dog outside. The less opportunity your puppy has to have accidents inside the faster he/she will learn to go outside.
Are there different types of training approaches, and if so, what will work best for my puppy?
There are so many different training methods, however we encourage a positive reinforcement method which has shown to be most effective with all dogs and puppies.
Why is puppy training important?
Training your dog is part of being a responsible pet parent. Training not only sets our fur friends up for success as a member of our family, but dogs thrive in a training environment. Training helps to provide mental stimulation for our pets which is important to being balanced. Plus when we are training with our puppies we are engaging with them - which they love!
How should I introduce my puppy to existing dogs or cats?
Introductions should always be slow and supervised. Introductions can vary depending on your existing pets and their tolerance level to other animals.
Will my puppy keep crying in the night?
As your puppy becomes more secure in his/her new home the crying will lessen or stop altogether. Remember - your puppy also needs time to transition into your home just as you will be adjusting to your family member.
How do I keep my puppy from chewing on my stuff?
Training, supervision, confinement when unsupervised and access to lots of approved chew toys will lessen any damage to your personal belongings and furniture.
What is most important for my puppy to learn?
Everything! Learning should be a part of your puppy’s life!