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Behaviour, socialisation & training tips for puppies

Behaviour, Socialisation & Training Tips for Puppies

How to make your precious pooch feel at home from day one.

Behaviour, Socialisation & Training Tips for Puppies

So let’s start with the essentials. You’ll need puppy food, a dog lead, a dog bed, some toys, a few bowls, a collar and name tag – and of course, parasite protection. Settling in can have its challenges, so here are some handy hints to help the whole family along the way:

  • Introduce your puppy to family members and the home early in the day
  • Also introduce them to their sleeping bed and pay special attention to the outdoors or the area where you’ll expect your puppy to do their business
  • Give your puppy plenty of time to explore their new environment while you are supervising
  • It’s important to start using your pup’s name from the outset so they become used to giving you their attention when you call their name
  • Puppy training will help you both to understand each other better and should start on day one

Bringing your puppy home

We understand the first night can be scary so when it’s time to go to bed, be sure to leave a faint light on, radio playing, a few toys and an old t-shirt to create a warm, cosy and safe place with familiar smells so your puppy feels less alone.

Remember, it’s been a big day for both of you so cries for attention are normal, even for the first few nights:

  • Whatever you do don’t let your heartstrings rule and go straight to your puppy
  • Although it’s natural for puppies to cry in a new environment only check in when the crying stops so they know you’re not far away
  • This way you’re not making a direct connection between crying and getting immediately attention but are only rewarding good behaviour so your puppy learns that being quiet gets your attention
  • The use of dog pheromones can help some puppies adjust to new surroundings faster – ask your pet health professional for more advice

The importance of toilet training

Good behaviour is based on good training which means puppies must be house trained so they don’t leave little ‘presents’ lying around. Puppies go to the toilet after sleeping, eating, playing or when excited – so after any of these events take them outside (or if in an apartment, to their pee mat or fake grass box) so they learn where to go from day one.

 Reward good behaviour with positive reinforcement like praise words, pats and treats and never punish what you don’t see. Simply clean up, don’t say anything and don’t rub your puppy’s nose in their mess or smack them – it doesn’t help and yelling only makes them avoid you and be fearful.

Socialising your puppy

We understand it’s difficult for first-time pet parents but socialising your puppy will help your furry friend fit into a human environment.  

  • Your tone of voice, body language and stress levels affect how your pet reacts so always set a good example and remain calm
  • Introduce new experiences like children, shopping trolleys and lawn mowers early so they are not afraid of these later in life
  • Meeting other pets can be stressful so allow pets to observe each other at a safe distance and never force pets together
  • Make sure your puppy is up-to-date with vaccinations and parasite protection before they start mixing with other dogs – ask your vet when it’s safe for your pup to socialise

Make the vet visit a positive experience

We understand a visit to the vet can be stressful – but it doesn’t have to be.

Vaccinations and microchipping usually occur at the same time as the first vet visit so to limit stress, make vet visits during puppy-hood, just for fun:

  • Your puppy will grow rapidly so go in for a weight check to ensure worming and flea controls are correct for the size of your pup – always pat and reward them with treats
  • Massage and patting can help overcome handling issues, vet clinic fears and relax a stressed dog – only pat and reward calm behaviour and don’t pat your pup if it is misbehaving otherwise you are reinforcing the wrong behaviour
  • If you experience difficulties with the behaviour of your pup you may need a professional behaviourist – ask your vet for advice

Many puppies arrive home with worms or fleas so it’s important to treat them with The Advantage Family to ensure they are parasite-free and to minimise any risk to your family – especially young children – by preventing the spread of worms and flea-borne diseases.

Got a pet health question?



If you have a question on anything from parasites to pet health ask us, we don’t bite!


Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368

Your New Pet Health Plan


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Got a pet health question?



If you have a question on anything from parasites to pet health ask us, we don’t bite!


Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368

Your New Pet Health Plan

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Your new pet health plan made easy.