Having multiple puppies in the same house will make training twice as difficult. However, it's not impossible. The article lists some important tips for successfully training multiple puppies at once.
Puppy training is exciting and rewarding, but it can also be challenging. And if you're thinking of bringing home two or more puppies at once, things might get even more challenging. Many people ask whether they should get two puppies at once or one at a time. While there are benefits to either option, I recommend that new owners start with just one puppy before getting another for the reasons explained below.
Choose a Crate
Choosing a crate can be tricky. First, it's important to choose one that will be big enough for your puppy to grow into and that will also not restrict his movement when he's older. There are many options out there, but some of the most popular choices are:
Soft-sided crates are suitable for pups who have never been crated before or for those who need their space to feel secure. These can collapse flat, so they're easy to store when not in use. They come in various sizes ranging from small to extra large dog crates.
Hard-sided crates tend not to bend under pressure as soft-sided ones do. Therefore, it makes them great for dogs with separation anxiety issues or other behavioral problems such as chewing or barking too much at night. In addition, they won't be able to break out easily by gnawing on their metal bars. These also come in different sizes ranging from very small to very large.
Decide on Food Timings
You can either use a feeding schedule or free feed, depending upon what suits your lifestyle. If you opt for a feeding schedule, ensure that each puppy gets the same amount of food in their bowl at the same time and place. Free feeding is better as it allows them to eat whenever they want and thus helps them with their digestion and bone growth. However, make it a habit to use a slow-feeder dog bowl for feeding the pups. It will ensure they do not overeat at once and get choked or develop digestive issues.
However, if you decide otherwise, ensure that their bowls don't get dirty, as this will cause infections and other health issues later on. You can choose from many available puppy foods. A few we recommend are Nutro, Pedigree, Diamond, and Iams puppy food.
But it is always advised to feed vet-recommended food to your puppies. Particularly if they have any special requirements or digestive issues, a vet-recommended Science Diet puppy food could work out best.
Be Consistent with Commands and Training Methods
To successfully train multiple puppies, you must follow commands and training methods. Also, ensure that you use appropriate training tools like training collars for dogs, clickers, etc., while training your pups.
For example, if you say "sit down" in the same voice every time you give the command, your puppy will learn that this is how they should respond when they hear it. Also, if one puppy is more difficult or slower than another to pick up on this command, consistency with how you handle each puppy will help them learn faster and better.
If your dog does something well and you reward him for it by giving him a treat or playing with him for a few minutes. Dog chew toys are suitable for puppies as they love chewing things during their teething period. Make sure that all of your pets are rewarded equally so that they know what behaviors are desirable from them individually and their pack mates. Treats like the Milk-Bone dog treats make an excellent option for rewarding your puppies.
Have Specific "Potty Zones" Outside
Eliminate the possibility of potty accidents inside the house by immediately taking your puppy(s) outside to their designated "potty zone" whenever they need to go potty. Choosing an area far from traffic, other animals, and potential hazards is best. If taking your puppy out for potty, use a retractable dog leash, so they can move about freely yet tied within your range.
Please ensure you are consistent with where you take your puppies so they'll start associating going potty with this specific place. For example, if one day it's right outside the front door, then another time it's in the backyard. It doesn't matter which location is chosen as long as all of them learn where their designated spot is at home and in public places.
Go Slow; the Puppies Are Still Babies
The first thing to remember when training your puppies is that they are still babies. They will be learning about the world around them, and they need to be kept safe and clean while they are doing so.
Your puppies will also need to learn about their bodies as well. Puppies have weak immune systems at this age, so it's important not to expose them to any unnecessary bacteria or viruses which could make them sick. You'll want to clean your house by wiping it up after every meal or playtime outside. Also, use flea shampoo for dogs at least once every two weeks to ensure your puppies stay safe from flea infections.
Introduce Toys Slowly and Monitor Playtime
Puppies should be supervised at all times. It is especially true when introducing a new toy to your puppy's playtime. Make sure the puppy has time to explore and get comfortable with the new toy before you leave them alone together. Always use toys that are intended for puppy use. You can explore Kong dog toys to get started as they have a range of puppy toys to choose from.
Once the puppy and their toys are familiar, you can leave them unattended for short periods. However, do not allow rough play or fighting between dogs that could result in injury or trauma.
Train Each Puppy Individually for a Few Minutes Daily
It's essential to train your puppies individually. Each puppy will learn at a different pace and be ready to learn different commands and tricks at different times. However, training your dogs together can lead to confusion, frustration, and accidents.
It is also important that you set aside time every day to work with each dog individually. A little bit of training daily is better than an hour of training on the weekend or once per week. You want all the puppies in your home who are getting along well to associate good things with training sessions so they don't mind coming over when it's time for some fun.
Training Multiple Puppies at Once Requires Patience and Dedication
Training your puppies together should be fun for you and the dogs. So don't get stressed; take it slow and enjoy the process.
The first thing to remember when training multiple puppies at once is that consistency is key. It means that you will need to train them all in the same way, using the same methods, tools, and techniques every day until they are all trained properly.
The second thing to remember is to start early. It's always easier if you start early rather than later because they'll become accustomed to themselves without needing much guidance.
Starting earlier also ensures that your puppy has an easier time understanding what commands mean later on when they become older. Meaning less stress for everyone involved.