Puppies are cute and funny especially when we love taking care of pets. However, raising a puppy indoor can be stressful and sometimes irritating, no matter how much we love our fur buddies. Although a puppy can be menacing at times, there are proper ways on how you can raise them inside the house without ruining your life on a day to day basis.
A puppy could be an adorable gift from a friend, a relative, or a lover. It can bring joy and happiness in the house and it could turn it into a mess likewise. A well-trained and well-raised puppy though can change your perception about raising a puppy indoor. If you’re planning on getting one and decided on keeping it inside the house, then you need to learn the proper ways how you can raise your pup indoor with lesser problems. Here’s a guide on how you can manage a puppy inside the house without losing your temper.
You can get puppy training by hiring an expert – a dog trainer. Although it can be quite costly, the mere satisfaction of having a trained pup is priceless. Puppy training includes potty training where you teach your pup the places where he can take a dump and leak. Basically, the training process isn’t that difficult especially if you teach a dog breed that is intelligent. However, it can be quite challenging as you need to be patient when you teach your pup. In most cases, training is done within 15 to 30 minutes or depending on the focus of your puppy. If your pup starts to lose his interest in training or is getting tired, then you can call it a day and start all over again tomorrow. Doing so will make training interesting for the puppy. Over-training can be disastrous as your pup will eventually lose his interest in the training. Don’t forget to play with your pup whenever you are on a training session. This will make it exciting and fun for the dog.
Show Him Who the Boss is
Most puppy owners forget the importance of rankings inside the house. Sometimes, they allow the pup to take control of the house instead of them showing who the boss is. As an owner, you need to instill fear into your pup. Such fear doesn’t mean that you need to beat him with a stick just to respect you and tremble while seeing you. It doesn’t work like that. Basically, all you need to do is to show a pup that you don’t and won’t tolerate bad behavior inside the house. Once the puppy gets what you want and knows that you mean it, he will pay attention to your rules inside your home.
You can also hire a dog trainer to show you how it’s done. Just like with training, consistency is the key if you want your puppy to do what you want. You can also watch videos on a social networking site to get some ideas on how it’s done. Usually, you need to be firm on what you don’t want your pup to do inside the house. In a firm voice, say “no” if you don’t want your puppy to jump on your sofa. Repeat it every time you catch him going up on a couch. Don’t forget to be consistent with your corrections each occasion you see your puppy doing so. It will make your puppy know that you really mean what you say.
Off Limit Areas
There should always be off limit areas for your puppy. You should never allow him to go anywhere he wants to go. This can be irritating if you let him do it. For example, don’t let your puppy go inside your bedroom if you don’t want to be disturbed while you rest. In doing so, you’ll be limiting the areas he’s allowed to access until he grows up and matures into a trained dog. As a result, you won’t be bothered when you take your rest. At the same time, you won’t be mad at your pup for disturbing you while you rest on your bed. Although this may sound quite simple, it actually brings a lot of joy to a dog owner especially to those who have a pup for the first time.
Table Manners Please
Although a puppy would look cute while staring at a person who’s eating at the table, this should not be tolerated inside the house. A good dog would always behave himself. Puppies that are given food from the table would definitely become annoying in the future. Imagine someone staring at you while you are about to eat your food at the table. What if you have a visitor dining with you? What would he think if he sees your pup staring at him every time he lifts his spoon and eats his food? As much as possible, don’t teach your dog to ask for food at the table. More so, don’t give him food from the table, so that he won’t have the interest to stay there when you eat. A bored pup will eventually go to other places inside the house rather than staying on one place such as the dining table.
Another thing to address during your puppy training is the chewing problem of puppies. Basically, they will chew things when they are bored or when they go through the teething stage. The best thing that you can do is to distract them with a toy. You can also eliminate such issue by stimulating the mind of the dog with physical exercises such as short walks. You can also let your pup run outside for a while, so that he’ll get tired and sleepy by the time you get back inside the house. If you are quite busy, there are products that can be used to discourage chewing. Some of these products are sprayed on the stuff you don’t want your pup to chew. They have bad taste which most pups wouldn’t mind checking out. Spray it on whatever item or furniture your pup usually chews from time to time.
Raising your pup inside the house shouldn’t be a burden for a dog owner. In fact, it should be one of the most exciting parts of having a puppy. As a pet lover, keeping your pet inside the house is a wonderful thing rather than having him stay outside in a cage. Although it is quite challenging, your ability to train your pup will determine whether you’ll be happy with your pup in the future or not.
If you think that you can’t teach your puppy by yourself, then you can always get the help of a professional dog trainer. In case you have the budget to hire one, then there’s no need to do the training by yourself. After all, you don’t need to give complex training to your puppy. All your pup need is basic obedience in order for both of you to enjoy staying and living inside the house together. A successful training will allow you to raise your pup inside your home with much ease, fun, excitement and joy.