Puppies are cute and adorable, but many people get them as gifts for their kids only to rehome them a few months later when they find out that their kids are not taking care of the puppy the way that they promised that they would. It is not rational to expect a child to be responsible enough to train a puppy. With a few days of dedication, a puppy can be trained well enough for a child to take care of it, though. The guide below walks you through a few ways to make training your puppy a little bit easier.
You need to be consistent with a puppy. They don't know the difference between right and wrong yet. You have to teach them. Being consistent with the words that you use and your actions will help them to learn quickly what you expect of them.
When you have a new puppy, potty training can be difficult. It is important to be persistent with the little pup. Take them outside every half an hour or so to use the restroom. Be sure to pay attention to what they are doing and praise them when they go to the potty outside. Puppies love positive attention and will do just about anything to get it. As soon as they associate the positive attention they get when going potty outside, they will want to do it on a regular basis.
Puppies like to chew things. Take the time to move things out of the room that you do not want your puppy to chew before you even let them into the space. If you notice them starting to chew something, redirect them and spray the item with a chew deterrent if it is too large to simply move from the space. You do not want to yell at the dog or spank its bottom because it can cause the dog to become fearful of you, which would make training much more difficult.
Your dog will have accidents and slip ups from time to time. It is important to remember that they are still learning how things work in your home and it will take time for them to master the skills you want them to master. If all else fails, take your puppy to puppy training classes. The classes will help your dog learn basic commands to ensure that the puppy and your family can live as harmoniously as possible at all times.