So you brought a new pet home for the holidays. After the endless cuddles and “oohs” and “aahs,” the honeymoon phase will end. The family will quickly realize that you need to start potty training/litter training and more. Where do you begin? Here are a few quick tips to get started training your new member of the family today.

3 Quick Tips for Training Your New Pet

Teach the pet its name: This more often applies to dogs, but cats like to learn their names just so they can ignore you. Once you’ve given your pet a name, you need to adhere to it. Helping your pet to learn its name will let them understand when you are giving commands to them. And it will also help you connect with your furbaby. So, early on, stay away from the cute nicknames and puppy talk, and only call them by their legally defined name.

Purchase a clicker: There are many ways to train your pets, but clickers tend to show real progress relatively quickly. The association with positive reinforcement will give your pets a sense of excitement when adhering to your commands.

Potty Training: This will inevitably take longer than any other behavior. Make sure you have purchased potty pads and have planned out the path to the outdoors. Potty training along with crate training will have a more positive outcome when done simultaneously. Learn more about house training and crate training.

Group Training for Your New Pet

We recommend taking group training courses with your pet. This will not only help get you and your pet in the right mindset, but it will help to socialize your pet. The earlier you get your pet socialized with other pets and humans, the better for him/her longterm. Your pet won’t be scared of or aggressive towards other pets and humans if he/she is around them at an early age.

Have more questions?

We’re happy to help. Come by the office or give us a call and we can give you some recommendations. We also have training treats that are the perfect size and flavor for training any pet. While you’re at it, don’t forget to schedule your pet’s next checkup!