If you have a new puppy, then you need to know that training should start immediately. While you can’t expect your Boston Terrier puppy to start skateboarding right off the bat, you will need to start teaching potty training as well as a basic sit-stay command, right away. You will also need to provide a safe place for your dog to rest and relax, as well as for them to hang out while they are getting the hang of potty training. So, make sure that you take some time to gear-up before bringing your new puppy home for the first time. Also, if you are bringing home a rescue dog, some of these same tools may be equally effective as they are with a new puppy. However, you should be sure to work with the adoption agency to understand commands and cues that your adult rescue dog already knows so that you can maintain consistency and not confuse your new-to-you pet.

Top tools for dog training

Make sure that you are fully equipped before embarking on dog ownership, and especially dog training. Failure to ensure you have the right gear might set you up for disappointment in the long run. Here is a list of the top items that you will need to ensure a successful dog training experience for you and your pup.

Collar, harness, and leash. While these items are less about training, they are critical to ensure that your dog does not run off on you while you are getting to know one another. And, if young Fido does wander off, a collar with a name tag and your phone number will help ensure that he is returned to you safely.

Portable mat. This can be a dog bed, an old blanket, or whatever. The goal is to have a safe place that your pet can lie down on to settle. If you will be crate training your dog, be sure to put the mat in the crate with the door open to help make it a welcome place that your dog understands is his and his alone.

Clicker. A clicker is used to mark desired behaviors as a response to a cue or when the behavior happens naturally. These clicks come in many shapes and styles, though many new puppy owners prefer the handheld clickers that can be attached to the wrist with a wrist-strap. If you have multiple dogs, you may want to use a clicker app on your smartphone or invest in a clicker device that has different sounds available for each dog.

 

Treats. Seek a treat that is soft and can be consumed quickly as opposed to a crunchy snack that might be more of a distraction to your pet than the reward that you are trying to provide.

 

If you are struggling with dog training, know that you do not need to go at it alone. Many dog owners turn to professional trainers for assistance with dog training. So, if you are in the Parker, Colorado area, reach out to Buff Pups at (813) 528-6025 or via email at info@buffpups.com. We offer a variety of in-home and group training options that allow you and your pet to benefit from outside assistance while ensuring that you remain the master and learn how to stay in command of your dog.