Getting a new puppy is no small feat. Training takes a lot of time and patience and a whole lot of trial and error. But of course, it also comes with plenty of joy from bonding with your soon-to-be best friend. Because those beginning stages can be so overwhelming, the Springer team is here to help out the best we can. Before you start teaching your pup to roll over or speak, make sure to read this first. Here’s everything you’ll need for training your puppy, so the process is as smooth as possible.
Hopefully the first trick your new pup will master is using the bathroom outside. Regular potty breaks — when they wake up, right after meals, before they sleep, and more if you can — are an absolute must. It’s an easier task if you have a backyard, but if you live in a walk-up or apartment, timing can get a little tricky. That’s where a pee pad can come in handy. Just place it by your door, so it’ll help the transition to going outside a bit easier. This one from Bark Potty can be used for up to a month and is made of a bark composite that organically neutralizes odors.
Don’t forget your poop bags while you’re on potty breaks. As we’ve covered before, compostable poop bags actually aren’t the more sustainable choice because they don’t fully decompose in landfills. Instead, we recommend recycled plastic doggy bags. These are made from 40 percent post-consumer recycled plastic.
Whenever you go out on walks, gear up your pup in a collar and leash. We may be a tad biased, but we recommend Springer’s. The leash and collar are durable and waterproof, so it’ll last even after the training phase. And, it’s comfortable for your pup to get used to. The Walk Bag & Bottle Set also comes with an innovative walk bag made with a built-in poop bag dispenser and mesh pocket for carrying along treats, and our classic water bottle to keep your dog hydrated. (It helps that the set’s pretty fashionable, too, and comes in a range of fun colors.)
Crate training is up there in importance with potty training. It gives your pup a sense of security when you're at home or while you’re out, and it can help with potty and chewing issues. This one from Diggs comes in a variety of sizes, and is made with a durable material that can withstand scratching or biting. Its garage-style side doors help puppies get comfortable with the space, and its mesh-like design is open so they can see what’s going on around them. There’s also a removable tray for easy cleanup.
A comfortable bed also helps your dog get used to their crate. This one from Laylo is cooling and so durable that they say it’s dig-proof. The removable cover is easy to remove and 100 percent machine-washable in case of any accidents.
Stock up on some well-made toys for when you’re working on socializing or spending one-on-one time with your dog. These tennis balls, which come in lilac and sky blue, provide endless entertainment. They come in a reusable cotton mesh pouch, so you can throw them in your bag for park days or keep them stored together at home — no more loose tennis balls for you to trip over!
Once your dog hits about 10 to 12 weeks old, they’re most likely starting to chew. To help keep them away from furniture legs or your favorite pair of slippers, give them a durable chew toy to gnaw on instead. This one from West Paw is made for the toughest of chewers out of an ultra-durable, non-toxic material that’s zero waste, too.
Throughout this entire process, treats are essential. They help with positive reinforcement, so make sure to have plenty on hand when your pup’s doing a good job. We like these single-ingredient treats from A Better Treat, because they’re sustainable, healthy, and most importantly, tasty for your puppy.
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