Many people want the thrill of buying a puppy and bringing it home with them but don’t think about how they will train it. When the owners don’t work long hours or are unemployed the training process is much easier but, when dog owners are too busy to fully train their puppy, what should they do? Below you’ll find 7 tips for busy people who want to train their dogs successfully. Some might help you and some might not help you but what I can guarantee is that unless you utilize the tips on this list and/or spend a significant amount of time with your puppy, it will never get trained!
1. Buy a pre-trained dog
A fool-proof way to ensure that your dog doesn’t defecate on your rugs and chew up your upholstery while you’re at work is to buy a pre-trained dog! These are a little more expensive but, if you don’t have time to train your dog, it is worth it. However, if you want the thrill of buying a young puppy and training it yourself, this is not the right option for you.
2. Buy a smart breed of dog
Although you might already have a dog in mind, you should consider the intelligence of the dog you are going to buy before you buy it if you won’t have time to train it. For example, golden retrievers, Labradors, poodles and sheepdogs are very intelligent and learn pretty quickly.
3. Purchase a dog crate
Dog crates are looked at by some as constricting and cruel but they can be very useful for dog owners who are not around all the time. Dogs are used to remaining in one spot for a long period of time – just make sure it is not too long!
4. Find a neighbor or relative that can help you out
Before you purchase the dog, make sure you have a neighbor or a relative that can help you out for the first couple of months. Having someone available to walk your dog during emergencies or when you are working late at the office is invaluable.
5. Plan your dog purchase around the summer months
If you plan your dog purchase around the summer months you will be able to train it outside more often and not have to rush your outside bathroom time. If you rush puppies while they are going to the bathroom they might develop a habit of never emptying their bladder fully and, as you can imagine, this could come back and hurt you later in the dog’s life.
6. Discuss the training program with your family members
Before you leave the new puppy at home with your kids, let them know how the training program works. This way, the puppy is not faced with the challenge of adapting to different trainers and different training techniques while it is trying to learn. This will only make the dog’s job (and yours for that matter) harder!
7. Confine the puppy to a safe area
Make sure that your new puppy is confined to an area in your house that does not contain expensive items that a puppy would love to destroy. The laundry room is a good area for this – these usually have tile floors, which are easy to clean and weird smells won’t affect the rest of the house. Additionally, you will be able to lay newspaper down so that if the puppy’s potty training does not go as planned you will not face the smelly consequences.