The First Seven Things You Should Teach Your New Puppy

A new puppy in the home can be exciting, but it's also a big responsibility. If you're planning to get a new dog and aren't sure where to start, here are seven things you should do immediately after bringing your new puppy home. Not only will these help your pup grow into an independent and well-behaved adult dog, but they'll also save you time and money down the road by helping avoid certain common mistakes or setbacks. Good luck! 

The First Seven Things You Should Teach Your New Puppy

1) Stop biting 

The first thing you need to do is train your puppy not to bite. Start by teaching them the leave it command. When they start to bite, say leave it in a firm voice and offer them a toy or treat instead. If they continue to bite, put your hand in their mouth and say no firmly. Finally, provide positive reinforcement when they stop biting

2) Stop whining 

whining is one of the most common problems dog owners face. While it may be cute when your puppy is trying to get your attention, it can quickly become annoying. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to stop your puppy from whining. 
First, make sure that your puppy has plenty of toys and chews to keep him occupied. If he's bored, he's more likely to start whining. 
Secondly, pay attention to his body language. If you see him start to whine, give him a cue to speak or quiet. 
Third, provide plenty of positive reinforcement when he's quiet. This could include treats, petting, or verbal praise. 

3) Lay Down and Stay 

Teach your new puppy how to lay down and stay. This is a fundamental behavior that will be useful in many different situations. To teach your puppy this behavior, start by having him sit in front of you. Then, say the command lay down while gently pushing his chest down with your hand. Once he's in the down position, praise him and give him a treat. With practice, your puppy will learn to respond to the command even without the physical cue. 

4) Get Along With Other Dogs 

Teach your new puppy how to get along with other dogs. This is important because you want your puppy to be socialized and to have good manners when around other dogs. Here are three things you can do to help your puppy learn how to get along with other dogs: 
  • Start by teaching your puppy basic obedience commands such as sit, stay, come, and down. 
  • Give your puppy plenty of opportunities to meet and interact with other friendly, well-socialized dogs.
  •  Attend a dog training class together so that your puppy can learn how to behave around other dogs in a structured setting. 

5) Come When Called 

One of the most important things you can teach your new puppy is to come when called. This behavior should be taught early on and reinforced often. Here's how to do it: 
Start with your puppy on a leash, in a quiet place with few distractions. 
Show your puppy a treat and say his name, then give him the treat. 
Repeat this process several times, until your puppy is responding consistently. 
Once your puppy is responding well, add a verbal cue such as come or here. 
Reward your puppy with treats and praise for coming to you when called. 
Practice this behavior in different environments with different levels of distractions. 

6) Walk on a Leash Without Pulling 

Teach your new puppy how to walk on a leash without pulling. This is important for two reasons: 
  • first, it will be much easier to take your pup for walks if he doesn't pull on the leash.
  •  Second, it's a good way to socialize your puppy and get him used to being around people and other animals.

7) Sit/Stay/Down on Command 

Teach your new puppy how to sit, stay, and down on command. This will help you have better control over your pup when you're out and about. Plus, it's a great way to bond with your new furry friend. 


Congratulations on your new puppy! These first seven things are just a start of what you'll teach your pup, but they're an important foundation for a happy and healthy life together. In no time at all, you'll be best friends with your furry little companion, and the bond you share will be unbreakable. Thanks for reading!

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