The Do’s and Don’ts of Bonding With Your Puppy

Bringing a young puppy home to introduce to the family will be a fun and exciting challenge. It will certainly be an adventure. As soon as you bring your puppy home, it’s rather difficult to tell if your puppy will immediately begin to bond with you and the rest of your family. The first few weeks of being home are extremely important, however, to allow your puppy to adjust. He/she has no idea what is going on, has never been in that new environment before, and doesn’t know who you are. So spend the time right away to establish a relationship and have some fun.

In order to build a connection and a bond from the start, there are some tips and tricks below to help the bonding process. Between learning your dog’s personality and how they act to establishing a training routine, the below 8 Do’s and Don’ts will help you get to where you need to be.

#1. Getting to know your puppy

Every single dog has a different personality type and you will quickly get to know your dog through play time and exploring the house. Once you truly know your puppy’s temperament, you’ll have a better understanding of how you can communicate and bond with him or her. Alongside that, you’ll learn a little bit more about the below topics:

  • How your puppy responds to other people and animals
  • What type of training sessions would best suit them
  • Your dog’s basic personality and how they act

While you are playing with your puppy and observing them, you’ll begin to learn their personality and what type of puppy you have. Do they react to certain stimuli like treats and toys? What causes them stress or fear? Are they excessively clumsy or athletic? Once you find out the answers to these questions, you can continue forward with the bonding process. 

#2. Be extra patient

Patience is one of the most important virtues when raising a puppy. Without it, you and your puppy both will become frustrated. If things start to go awry, such as accidents in the house, you have to show restraint and understand they don’t know any better. Some puppies will adjust extremely quick, while others will take longer to become socialized, confident, and house broken. You may also have a more stubborn puppy or a mischievous puppy that will test your patience.

If you think it’s taking longer than normal to adjust and bond, ensure you don’t begin to rush things. Continue to take it slow and have patience. Try to make any adjustments possible to make it even easier for your puppy to be happy and adjust properly.

#3 Create an organized schedule for training

Training your new puppy is one of the most overlooked aspects of bonding. It is crucial to begin showing your puppy what appropriate behavior looks like from a young age. With consistent basic training, you can begin to pattern good behavior with higher levels of consistency. You can work to train your puppy on your own or hire an experienced puppy trainer. By choosing to work with a trainer, you can have peace of mind knowing you will be set up from success from the start with minimal hiccups.  

#4 Ensure you have enough play time

Puppies loveee play time with their humans and other puppies. It helps them bond with those around them and understand they can feel safe. This why play time is so crucial in the bonding process. There are tons of games you can play with your puppy, like tug-of-war, fetch, hind and go seek, etc. Your play sessions can be short and fun, so you can have many play sessions throughout the day. 

#5 Don’t forget routine walks!

Not all of the lessons you teach your puppy will come through formal training sessions inside the home. Most times you’ll be able to teach your puppy new things while going on for regular, routine walks. The Hills Pet suggests taking your dog to walk at around seven weeks or after he/she completes the initial round of vaccines. If your puppy begins to show signs of anxiety or nervousness when out on walks, take it slow and take a little break before starting back up. Let your dog settle in before you continue your walk around the block.

 #6 Grooming is extremely important for a puppy

Grooming isn’t only a good idea to keep your dog nice and clean, but it’s just one more additional way to bond with your puppy. It’s a great way to desensitize them to the tools used for grooming, as well. It is best to start early and groom often to show them it’s a great, fun experience.

#7 Never get tired of loving your puppy

For new dog owners, dealing with the crazy puppy behavior and energy can get tiring. Your new puppy may be bouncing off the walls, digging and chewing things they shouldn’t be, or having accidents. int he house. It’s likely they will get socks and shoes, or your baby’s toys. However, don’t allow any frustration to get in the way of caring for and loving your puppy. If you plan on going out of town, there’s always a nearby dog boarding service that you can trust for your puppy to be safe and have fun. You can also enlist the help of your family members.

#8 The POWER of eye contact

Dogs are frequently using eye contact to communicate, not only with humans, but other dogs as well. If your dog locks his/her eyes with yours, it’s more likely for him/her to release oxytocin or love hormones. This continued pattern will help teach them to feel safe and loved when around you, thus building an even better bond. Make eye contact often with your puppy as you’re training them and playing with them. The more often you do this, the better. 

Bringing a new puppy home can be a daunting task but extremely rewarding at the same time. Continue to check back on the previous tips to make sure you’re on the right track, and you’ll have a well-mannered, bonded puppy in no time!