Building Confidence in Your New Puppy

Congrats on the new puppy! Maybe you are a first time puppy owner or one that has been out of practice for sometime and needs a refresher course on how to properly raise a pup. Or maybe you’ve been here before and are seeking different results from your last time around. Whatever, the reason, we’re glad that you found Dedicated Dog Training of Long Island to help lend you some advice on this matter.

Raising a Puppy on Long Island

Raising a puppy on Long Island obviously is different than rearing a pup from the city. There are far less distractions and the frequency of those distractions are much lower than the boroughs. After all, isn’t that one of the main attractions people gravitate to Long Island?

Because there are fewer and less diverse:

  • Sounds and
  • Smells

which occur less, it is imperative that the Long Island puppy owner take advantage of all opportunities to desensitize or get their puppy used to, what Dedicated Dog Training refers to as small, but necessary stresses. Most puppy owners do this the wrong way and create or augment problems for their puppy and themselves down the road. One very common problem is dog separation anxiety (SA). The reasoning is far too much to convey in this article, and for sure the meaning or flavor will definitely loose some articulation, but feel free to call us (516) 512-9111 or send us an email at for a more precise explanation on this topic.

Puppy Training | First Few Weeks

A lot of puppy trainers will take a more firm approach to training your new puppy. Another words, they are the puppy trainers that will say: you have to take care of this jumping right now, correct this nipping right now, etc….Believe us, we do not tolerate less than desirable behavior, but for our dog training school we believe in allowing a puppy to build their confidence in their new environment first. (we want to see the true puppy, we need to observe whether they are a soft or hard puppy, what their underlying issues are, what they want to do, what the trigger behind some of their behaviors are, the history of the puppy, etc…..) In other words, when you first get a puppy, take it slow, observe your puppy, get to know who they are. Remember, puppies generalize, you do not want a puppy that has just entered your home to associate it with fear.

Crate Training Your Puppy Build Confidence

hard to believe for many puppy owners, but crate training your puppy goes a long way with building their confidence, but, it has to be done correctly. Crate training also assists greatly with puppy house-breaking and potty training. Building confidence begins with a puppy being able to accept new things, changes in its environment, and overcome small stresses….the pup needs to do this own their own in order to become independent.


Puppy Exposure is Important

Gradually expose your puppy to new things. There is no need to flood them, ease them into it, but also, do not coddle them. This is the art of what Dedicated Dog Training does, we read your puppy so we know when we are pushing too long and when we can push some more. Our dog trainers know when to talk and when not to.
Grounds: We like to introduce young puppies to different grounds such as:

  • asphalt;
  • concrete;
  • dirt;
  • grass;

We also like to expose them to: different sounds, weather, people, dogs, and other animals.

It is very difficult for first time pet owners to understand why and how to do these things properly; however, it is very important and can play a very important in years to come. A few of the most difficult reasons that makes hinder proper deployment of the above is: vaccinations, age, and reading your puppy along with the optimal window period. Our dedicated dog trainers of Long Island and New York are here to help!


Children and Your New Puppy

This is very important! Children, of course, depending on the age, maturity level and activity level need to have rules as well when it comes to your new puppy. We cannot expect a puppy that has just arrived to your home to endure relentless tugging and smothering, we need to educate the children and protect the puppy.

Although the children’s intentions are good, and they are super excited, the puppy may not know this and perceive an already challenging situation to be more challenging. Moreover, because a puppy will internalize things the way they observe it, and because they generalize, we do not want a puppy to mistake child play for aggression (not saying it will happen, but why chance it, let’s set the rules for both the puppy and children)