How Can I Set Good Expectations For My Puppy?

How Can I Set Good Expectations For Training My Puppy?
How Can I Set Good Expectations When Training My Puppy?
How Can I Set Good Expectations To Train My Puppy?

How Can I Set Expectations and Train Perfect Puppies?

Dogs have co-evolved alongside humans for over 16,000 years. Their physical and behavioural biology has adapted to benefit a mutual relationship between human and canine. It’s no wonder then, that most newborn puppies can grow to perform a vast array of tasks. While not every puppy will grow to lead the blind, guard important places, or detect bombs, drugs, and cadavers, its important to try to set out the kind of adult dog we want our puppies to become to avoid disappointment and behavioural problems. When trained carefully, with your specific expectations in mind all puppies can become perfect puppies.

What Do I Want To Expect From My Puppy?

Before you buy a puppy, it’s important to think about what kind of pet you want them to be. Most new puppy owners want their new pet to be a loving part of the family. Will your puppy live inside? Will your puppy be good with children? These are the types of questions a new puppy owner should consider because they are essential when setting the boundaries. This way, you can train your puppy to avoid the behaviours you don’t want without having to punish constantly. 

“If you don’t want your puppy to do something as an adult, don’t let them do it as a puppy”

How do I avoid excessive dog barking? To find the answer, you don’t have to be a dog whisperer. If you want your puppy to know not to bite, then you must set those boundaries at an early age. Similarly, if you don’t want your puppy to sleep on your bed, you must show them that it’s wrong early on. To help with the goal of setting boundaries, many owners find that it helps to set a “pet plan”.

A pet plan is a simple process. It involves defining what you do and don’t want your newborn puppies to do. When you formulate your pet plan, you decide which behaviours you want your puppy to exhibit, and which behaviours you want to discourage. This process solidifies the expectations new owners have for their puppies and therefore creates a more positive relationship.

Teaching a puppy where and what to play with indoors, Pet Plan

What Behaviours Should A Puppy Pet Plan Consider?

Through careful planning and patience, you can give your puppy the best chance at learning how to behave in accordance with your positive expectations from them. Below is a list of questions as a starting point to consider when setting the expectations for your puppy in your Puppy Pet Plan, and remember to include any others to cater for your particular situation. The relationship you have with your puppy will be completely individual, so your pet plan and puppy expectations should be too.

Things to consider in your Puppy Pet Plan when setting good puppy expectations include:

  • Do I want my puppy to know how to sleep independently inside? Outside? In a Crate? In my bedroom?
  • Do I want my puppy to be allowed inside?
  • Do I want my puppy to be well-trained?
  • Do I want my puppy be good with children. the elderly, loud noises, etc.?
  • Do I want my puppy to know how to alert me to dangers?
  • Do I want my puppy to know how to relax, calm down and focus?
  • Do I want my puppy to not have separation anxiety?
  • Do I want my puppy to be a working dog?
  • Do I want my puppy to be confident, resilient and well-adjusted?
  • Do I want my puppy to be socialised to positive experiences?
  • Do I want my puppy to be neutralised to distractions?
  • Do I want my puppy to know how to behave in public, around the house, in the car, in my room, in the yard?
  • Do I want my puppy to know not to bark excessively?
  • Do I want my puppy to know not to jump on couches?
  • Do I want my puppy to know not to steal food from the table, my hands, my bag, the fridge, the cupboard, etc.?
  • Do I want my puppy to know not to bite and mouth me or other people?
  • Do I want my puppy to know not to scratch at surfaces?
  • Do I want my puppy to go to the toilet in a specific location?
  • Do I want my puppy to know not to beg for food?
  • Do I want my puppy to walk calmly on a lead and know not to pull?
  • Do I want my puppy to know how to do fancy tricks?
  • Do I want my puppy to be loyal to me and trust in me and my leadership?

Once you have answered these questions, it is important to think about how you will achieve each one. How will you ensure that your puppy doesn’t beg for food or scratch at surfaces? The most important thing to remember is that the behaviours you overlook for your puppy will become the habits of your adult dog. New puppy owners should always aim for consistency and patience, a good leader is one who is balanced and knows how to be both loving and firm, setting reasonable boundaries and good expectations for their puppy that they then work towards achieving through positive puppy training methods. Puppies learn to trust and respect their new owners and thrive more when you know how to communicate what you want from them, and just like their natural canine mothers teach them her expectations and appropriate behaviour, so should you. You want your puppy to realise you love them and care for them but that you are not a pushover for them to manipulate so that they don’t become a spoilt puppy. By identifying early on what desired behaviours you’d like to see in your puppy (and eventually adult dog) and what you are willing and not willing to put up with, you can then start to implement the positive training strategies and experiences you need your puppy to be exposed to and become familiar with, to increase your chances of getting all your positive puppy expectations met.  

You can visit our Positive Puppy Training pages for more information on how to train your puppy.

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