10 Tips for a successful start with your puppy — Build a strong bond through training

August 02, 2023
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Welcoming a new puppy into your life is an exhilarating adventure filled with cuddles, kisses, and of course, puppy training. The first week with your new puppy sets the stage for a lasting and loving relationship, where they become your ultimate best friend. To ensure a successful start, we’ve created a FREE 30-minute webinar with tips for new puppy owners: “10 Tips for a Successful First Week of Puppy Training.” In this blog post, we’ll introduce some valuable insights from the webinar, to see if they resonate with you and your puppy. If you want more details, click the link above and register for the FREE webinar, the recording will be in your inbox in. minutes!

Puppy proofing and tips for creating a safe space: No more “Puppy whoopsies!”

We get it; puppies are curious little adventurers with a penchant for mischief. From chewing on your favorite shoes to gnawing at charging cables, their enthusiasm knows no bounds! But fret not, with a bit of puppy-proofing magic, you can transform your home into a safe haven for your furry explorer. So bid farewell to “puppy whoopsies” and say hello to a stress-free training experience!

Getting to know your puppy’s likes and dislikes

Imagine having a heart-to-heart with your puppy and learning all their likes and dislikes – it’s like unlocking the secrets to their canine soul! Embrace the opportunity to connect with your best friend on a whole new level. Discover their favorite treats that toys and find out how they love to play! You’ll be amazed at the strength of your bond when you speak to your puppy from the dog’s perspective. If you’ve always wanted a dog that focuses on you — this is the key!

Once you know what your pup loves to eat — Use your puppy’s meals as training rewards throughout the day. Have you ever thought about how often people share meals together as a part of relationship building? A first date, holidays, family events, and so on all include meal sharing. By sharing meals together, we build our relationships. Puppies are the same way. By providing the puppy’s meal for him, you’ll be building your relationship, and also teaching your puppy that learning with you is fun, and that you’re the centre of his world.

Housetraining tips – routines for puppy success

Let’s face it; accidents happen, and housetraining can sometimes feel like navigating a minefield of puppy “oopsie-daisies.” Fear not, fellow puppy enthusiasts; with a little patience and a consistent routine, your pup will soon become a housetraining champ! Embrace the adventure, be patient, set your puppy up for success and before you know it, your puppy will be showing off their house manners like a true gentleman or lady!

Meeting people and socialization tips: Your puppy’s VIP party

Is your puppy ready to be the life of the pawty? Well, socialization is the key! Just like us, puppies need to ease into the social scene. Take a step back and let them choose when to wag their way into new friendships. Remember, quality over quantity is the mantra for your puppy’s socialization journey.

Your puppy doesn’t need to meet everyone. Does that sound crazy? You may have heard that socialization means meeting lots of new people, but in fact, good socialization is about much more than that. When it comes to people, a few successful interactions are enough, and it’s actually even more beneficial for your puppy to learn to focus on you when other people are around. The same goes for meeting dogs. Read this blog post to learn more about teaching your puppy about people and dogs.

Be patient with your puppy’s socialization and, as they strut their stuff with newfound confidence, your bond as best friends will grow even stronger as their trust in you blossoms!

Start training basic puppy skills and create positive associations with these tips

Contrary to popular belief, puppies are ready to learn from the moment they come home. Start with basic skills like name recognition, eye contact, and patience. OneMind Dogs offers lessons that are fun and easy for puppies of all ages, helping you lay a solid foundation for their training.

Here are three things you should do with your puppy every day, from the day they come home!

Creating positive associations is vital for your puppy’s overall development. Ensure they associate being around you with good things happening. Use rewards even during less enjoyable tasks like grooming or nail trimming to make these experiences pleasant. From simple commands to awe-inspiring tricks, your puppy will become a shining star in no time!

The power of patience: taking it one paw at a time

In a world where instant results are the norm, patience becomes the ultimate superpower in puppy training. Embrace the journey, knowing that every small step is a giant leap towards a lifetime of adventures with your best friend. Sometimes, things won’t go as planned, and that’s okay! A dash of humor, a sprinkle of empathy, and a pinch of puppy cuddles will help you both conquer any challenge that comes your way!


Congratulations, puppy parent! You’ve completed the first week of puppy training with flying colors, and your best friend is well on their way to becoming a superstar pup. By following these tips with a touch of empathy and patience, you’ve laid the groundwork for a strong bond that will last a lifetime. Now, let the adventures continue as you and your puppy embrace the joys of training together!

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