Puppy Training Tips
Puppy Training Tips
When you are watching your puppy:
Remember that puppies respond to very basic reflexes with regards to their toilet habits. Take advantage of these very basic reflexes and turn them into house training. There are certain times when puppies naturally will have the call of nature.
After Eating – After Drinking – After Napping – After Playtime
Remember to go outside with the puppy. Pick up the pup and go outside with him/her. If you put them outside by themselves they will be so upset about being separate from you that they will not go on their own. Make a big fuss over the puppy when it goes outside. They will learn to urinate outside just to please you. Watch your puppy. Pups do not just squat and urinate. They search out for just the right spot thereby giving us ample warning.
The Umbilical Cord Method
This method of house training is best used with the other techniques detailed above. Attach you pup to a long leash that is tied to your wrist or waist. This allows it a certain amount of freedom while ensuring your constant supervision over its activity. The pup cannot wander away to have an undetected “accident” and you can anticipate the pup’s need to potty, taking it directly outside.
When you are not watching your puppy:
A very natural instinct in the dog world is the instinct to not soil its own space. We can take advantage of this natural instinct with crate training. If a puppy is left in a crate it will be faced with a decision. It can either hold it or sit in it. Most puppies will try to hold it. If you allow them too much space of course, they will sleep in one end and urinate in the other end. Block off larger crates into smaller areas and once he has been good for a few days, slowly increase the amount of space that he can have.
Introducing a Puppy to Their New Home
When bringing a new puppy into your home, it’s important to take some steps to help them feel comfortable and secure in their new surroundings. Here are some tips:
Limit access: Too many new places, smells, and people at once can be overwhelming for a new puppy. Instead, let them explore a designated area where you are present and gradually introduce them to other rooms in the house, one at a time.
Choose a potty spot: Establish a designated spot for your puppy to go potty and use a consistent command such as “go potty.” Reward them with praise and a special treat when they go in the designated area.
Introduce them to the family: Introduce family members to the puppy one at a time and supervise young children. Encourage gentle interactions and discourage picking up the puppy. Avoid inviting friends or neighbors over until the puppy has had some time to adjust.
Introduce other pets: Take things slowly when introducing a new puppy to other pets in the household. Supervise interactions, and separate or redirect the puppy if the other pet becomes agitated.
Enforce rules: Establish household rules for your puppy and consistently praise good behavior. Decide where you want the puppy to sleep and whether they are allowed on furniture or to have food scraps from the table.
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