My Puppy Training Tips 2: Preparing

Although it may sound obvious, but before your puppy arrives make sure to have the essentials. This includes the following:

1. Collars: A good sturdy collar that will not be too harsh (such as metal choke collars). Make sure to change it once the puppy grows out of it. In addition, do not buy one that is too loose or your puppy will just take it off on his or her own.
2. Walking leash: Essential for everyday walks.
3. Harness: Preferable compared to collars, because they are more gentle and will not tug specially at the neck.
4. Feeding bowls: One is needed for water and one for food. Make sure to get a stainless steel bowl with rubber on the bottom. This helps the bowls stay put while they eat. If they do not have bowls with rubber, grab one a pet food mat instead.
5. Brushes: Ask your local pet store which brush would work best for your puppy breed. Different lengths of hair/fur uses different types of brushes.
6. Nail trimming: It is important to trim your puppy's nails, because it will be comfortable when too long. Additionally, do not cut the nails too short or you will hurt him or her.
7. Shampoo/conditioner: Keeps your dog smelling fresh and clean. There are different brands. Find one that smells and works best for you.
8: Soft toys: Great for puppies to play with since their mouths are still small.
9: Treats/chews: Puppy treats are ideal for them compared to human snacks. Make sure to pick them up to start teaching them tricks with or to give for fun!
10. Crate: Important for puppy house training. Please see My Puppy Training Tips 1: Crate Training.
11. Exercise pen: Allows them to have a limited play area that is safe and enjoyable.
12. Puppy mats: Allows for easy clean up.
13. Easy-clean dog bedding: Puppies are still learning where are proper areas to soil. Therefore, the easy-clean dog bedding allows owners to have a easier time cleaning the removable covers.
14. Name tag: If you loose your puppy, others will be able to identify and call you. This is one of the most important essentials to have before bringing your puppy home.

Hope this these are helpful puppy training tips to start trying. Good luck.

Puppy Training Tips 1: Crate Training

One of the best ways to house train your puppy is starting off with crate training. The crates come in different sizes and in different material. Make sure to visit one of your local pet stores to find which crate would best suit your puppy.

Many people tend to big larger crates, because they believe that their puppy will grow into it. This is not a smart move, because they may soil in one area of the crate and lie down in another. The purpose is to have the crate small enough that they will not be able to soil the crate without laying upon it. You may also consider purchasing a mat for them to sleep on. This would allow them to be more comfortable in their crate. Some crates also come with the option of having clip-on bowls for food and water. The crates should be, however, large enough for them to enter without trouble and lie comfortably.

In addition to the size and material, your puppy will need to understand that the crate is his or her den.  Additionally, do not keep the puppy in the crate for too long. Puppies need to be taken out every half hour to an hour.

Hope this these are helpful puppy training tips to start trying. Good luck.