Tips for New Puppy Owners with Canine Commander and News12

Do you or somebody you know have a new puppy? If so, these ten tips for new puppy owners from Canine Commander can help you make your new pet a happy, healthy and well-adjusted one. Chris Hanley, president of Canine Commander, joined Erin Colton at the new Town of Oyster Bay Dog Park in Massapequa to show Long Islanders the top ten tips for new puppy owners.

Watch as Chris and Erin review the secrets every dog owner should know. Learn to socialize your puppy, because a well socialized puppy will turn into a well rounded dog. Make sure you get your new puppy a crate, this will help with house training. Also, remember, pets love routine. Always try to set a daily routine. Read about these tips for new puppy owners and more below. Watch our video “Tips for New Puppy Owners with Canine Commander and News12” on the Canine Commander YouTube channel. Long Island pet owners can contact Canine Commander to learn more about the Long Island dog training and boarding services provided by Canine Commander.

Tips for New Puppy Owners

  1. Socialize your puppy. A well socialized puppy will turn into a well rounded dog. Have him meet as many people and dogs as possible.
  2. Get a crate. It makes house training much easier. If you cannot watch your puppy, he needs to be in his crate.
  3. Set a daily routine. Housetraining will be easier if your puppy knows what to expect from her day. As a rule of thumb, the number of hours a puppy can “hold it” is their age in months. At two months, a puppy should be able to hold it in for two hours.
  4. Enroll in a puppy obedience class. He will learn some basic obedience, but the real benefit of puppy classes is socialization with other puppies and people.
  5. Get your pup used to handling from day one. Touch feet, nails, tail, ears, mouth, teeth, and belly.
  6. Feed 2-3 small meals per day. Pick up the food after 30 minutes. Don’t leave food out for her to graze on.
  7. Provide toys. If you provide her with her own toys, she’s less likely to chew on yours. Toys will also help with teething.
  8. Practice separation. Letting your puppy have time to himself in his crate or room will help prevent separation anxiety. Don’t make a fuss over your pup when you leave or come home. Leave the TV or radio on when you leave your puppy home alone.
  9. Teach good leash manners early. Better to teach your puppy to walk nice on leash than to teach your adult dog to stop pulling on leash.
  10. Make sure everyone is on the same page. Discuss the puppy rules with your whole family. Figure out who will do what and when. Pick one set of training cues and stick with them.

About Canine Commander

Chris Hanley is the founder of Canine Commander, with a decorated career in Law Enforcement as a K-9 handler and New York State certified Trainer/ Examiner. Chris has built an extensive foundation of knowledge through situational and hands on experience in obedience training and behavior modification. He has attended numerous training seminars and has trained with some of the best trainers in the world. Chris is living his lifelong dream of working with dogs and people. Experience and talent in dog training have landed him spots on regional television, in various news articles and on national television.