Your new puppy is so cute. You cuddle with it every day, chase it around the yard and play tug-of-war with the stuffed animal. However, all is not fun and games in the house with the new puppy.
Now comes the hard part, house training the dog. As the new puppy does one of two things to relieve themself in the middle of your new white carpet, you find yourself wondering why it is so difficult for the dog to understand that you do not do it in the house.
You think to yourself, why would anyone, animals included, go to the bathroom where they live? Why would they not want it as far away as possible?
You think your puppy must be thick-headed; anyone with a dog has looked at their animal at this stage and said, “you stupid dog.”
However, then you remember for a couple of years after you were born, you not only went to the bathroom where you live but actually in your pants, and you feel slightly bad for being so frustrated with your dog’s seeming lack of intelligence.
House training a dog is, without a doubt, a frustrating process. You wish you could throw them outside, and they would figure it out themselves. Unfortunately, it is not this easy; it requires a bit more patience and perseverance. So you do a couple of things as you look at the seemingly hopeless situation that has the potential to turn very expensive if you are forced to replace your carpet.
First of all, you must remember that you knew house training a dog was not easy or fun, second, remember that you’re the one that bought the new carpet two months before you decided to get a dog.
Now go to the book store and find yourself the latest book on house training a dog and hope that it has some enlightening information that will save you both time and money.
You could house training your dog quickly if you had the time to watch your puppy 24-hours a day. But since you can’t watch them around the clock, you can’t expect to train them all at once. Training can take up to about six months. Puppies are growing and developing quickly at this stage.
They eat more food and burn up a lot of energy and consequently need to ‘go’ more often. The most critical issue in house training dogs should be teaching him to control his bowel first. When he is still a puppy, he has not yet developed bladder control.
House training dogs is hard when you are not home. Your puppy needs a lot of attention. You should first confine your puppy in a puppy-proof room with paper spread all over the floor. Put his water bowls and food right next to it.
The papers you have set on the floor may be dragged and chewed around his little den, but it’s essential and helpful in teaching your puppy where to eliminate his waste correctly. There will be no reason for him to defecate elsewhere.
Your puppy will ‘go’ on the paper, and you need to clean it up when you arrive home. This may be additional work for you, but patience is all it takes. Don’t worry because later on, he will move past this stage.
Paper training is extremely useful and is a proven technique in training dogs. In this way, no matter where the dog relieves himself, he will still eliminate the paper because he has no choice. Little by little, you will see some changes.
Gradually reduce the amount of paper you have set on the ground. As your puppy has become used to using the paper, start gradually moving the paper outside the house. Since he has become used to using the paper, he will look for it.
After the paper has been moved to outside the house, your training is near its end. Move the paper about an inch per day. Be sure to reward your dog for their good behavior.
Occasionally, you may discover that they had an ‘accident’ inside the house again. Don’t become discouraged, when this happens, you just need to repeat the training again. But understand that it will not be as hard as the first time. Obedience training for your puppy is vital for both your dog, your sanity and sanitation.
I remember when my grandmother had the cutest little white dog when I was growing up. He was half-Poodle and half-Maltese. But no matter how much I cared for that dog, he was her baby. She got him quite by accident one day. She was returning from work and he was being mistreated, on the sidewalk where she walked. She gave the woman who was being mean to the little puppy ten dollars and immediately took him home. My grandmother, having no pets up to that point, got home with her new puppy and realized she had no food for him. So, she fried up some bacon and eggs and gave the puppy some of what she was about to eat.
That dog was forever unable to consume dog food for the remainder of its life. Spoiled and pampered, he ate bacon and eggs from then on at least three times a week. Baloney, hot dogs, and other dog-friendly foods rounded out his diet. He was, without a doubt, one of the most spoiled pets ever.
The moral of this story is that if you feed your puppy people food, that puppy will always want people food. Don’t think that even a puppy won’t turn its nose straight up in the air if given food that it doesn’t want to eat because it will. Dogs will eat grass, sniff their own messes, and lick themselves in front of your company. But if you put some less-than-savory dog food in front of them, the dog suddenly becomes a connoisseur of cuisine and nothing you can do will make it eat something it thinks it should not eat.
How to Prepare
If you unexpectedly find yourself with a puppy on your hands, you might be forced to throw something together in a pinch. It’s okay to give your pet special treats once in a while. And let’s be honest, you’re probably going to end up giving your puppy treats. While bacon and eggs might not be a good idea, it’s okay to give your dog some baloney or pieces of hotdog if you like. If you give the puppy real bacon, however, the puppy will never eat the fake bacon treats that you purchase for your pet.
It’s best if you get prepared before you ever bring your puppy home. First things first, the puppy needs a little space to call its own. Perhaps a doggie bed with some toys, a food dish, and a water dish must all be laid out and made ready for the newest addition to your household. If your puppy isn’t housebroken (and in almost every case, it will not be), put down a liberal amount of newspaper in the puppy’s area. An untrained puppy is going to mess on the floor and there’s nothing you can do about that. By preparing for the worst and putting down plenty of newspaper, you might be able to save your flooring.
Have a place for your puppy to sleep. True, most puppies will grow into doggies that will sleep in bed with you, but in the beginning, your puppy may not be big enough to jump into bed. You’ll have to put the puppy in your bed if that’s where you want your pet to sleep, but there is a note of caution with this. Animals that learn at a young age to sleep in your bed are always going to sleep in your bed. So you may want to have a special little bed just for your puppy.
Bringing Your Puppy Home
Your puppy won’t know that your home is its home right away. Probably the first few weeks of life have been confusing for that puppy, anyway. By the time your puppy comes home with you, it’s already been separated from its mother, brothers, and sisters, and might be coming into a home where no other animals live. It’s a very traumatic experience for your puppy, and keep in mind that the puppy doesn’t quite know who you are yet.
There are five essential guidelines that you need to keep in mind when teaching your puppy the basics about proper behavior. Choosing the right training method is what will make or break your training schedule with your new puppy. If you follow this blueprint when training your puppy, it will be much simpler than your previous experiences.
How to Care for Your Puppy
1. Be Loving – Your new puppy dog is going to be scared at first, and as a result, they may not be able to handle anything too stressful. Although learning generally takes place quickly, now is the time where your puppy will react poorly due to stress or being trained too rough. You don’t want fears to be picked up too quickly during this time. Take this time to build the foundational relationship of love and trust.
2. Keep Training Short – Puppies have shorter attention spans than children, and your puppy is only going to learn when their attention is on you. You will not see the immediate results that you are looking for when your puppy is tired so make sure to keep the training activities short with what you put your puppy through, then give them a chance to rest.
3. Exercise Patience– Don’t expect overnight results, that will create stress and cause your training schedule to lose its focus. Understand that this will take time, and puppies learn in spurts. Puppies also go through lapses of memory, so don’t allow yourself to become upset if your puppy seems to forget some of its training from one day to the next. Exercise patience when it comes to teaching, and you will be just fine.
4. Keep It Simple – Teaching your puppy should be a step-by-step process if you want them to attain the best results. Exercising a simple approach with your puppy will help them learn more quickly, and you both will enjoy the process more than if you were to use a more intensive training method.
5. Building Confidence – Confidence is the core of every dog, and confidence begins with building confidence within a young puppy. Building confidence in your puppy is natural; dogs are meant to be socialized and all you need to do is spend time with your puppy as often as can and socialize them with other dogs. Spend time playing and having fun with them.
Do you have friends with dogs or puppies? Go out to the park and spend time playing together. You shouldn’t always be in training mode when you first get your puppy; you should be having fun and focusing on building the relationship first. These five basic training guidelines are great in preparing your puppy for a training schedule. This will provide better results when properly integrated into your step-by-step puppy training process.
How to Train a Puppy
The Beginner’s Guide to Training a Puppy.
Includes Potty Training for Puppies and The Art of Raising a Puppy with Positive Puppy Training
If you’re thinking about getting a new puppy dog, there are a few things to remember before you make that decision. Currently, millions of dogs are euthanized in animal shelters every year, due in part to making the wrong decision on the type of dog to buy.
I made a list of 6 important things to consider to help you make the best decision finding the right dog for your personal needs as well as your personality type.
1. How much time can you devote to your new puppy? There are specific breeds, such as border collies, that require a great deal of attention and do not do well in a situation where they will be confined alone for long hours at a time.
Be realistic with your expectations and select a breed that is known for their patience and ability to spend a few hours apart from you.
2. Size Matters. Although your new puppy may be a small bundle of joy right now, in six months, you may be dealing with a monster. If you don’t have a lot of space a large breed may not be the best choice.
In addition to space constraints, it’s a good idea to remember that large dogs eat quite a bit more than the average teacup poodle and if you’re on a tight budget, a smaller dog will be more economical.
3. Research Dog Breed Traits. Buying a puppy should not be based on which dog is the cutest, or which breed you always thought looked nice. Take the time to thoroughly research these traits so that you can make an informed decision.
Some breeds shed more than others, while some breeds have known behavioral issues. For example, Great Pyrenees dogs are very beautiful, but they are bred for livestock guarding and not apartment living.
4. Research Dog Breed Health Issues. This is becoming a bigger problem due to improper breeding. Every breed may have congenital health issues, but some may be more severe than others. For example, German Shepherds are known to have problems with hip dysplasia, while some smaller dog breeds may have problems with their eyes.
6. Consider a Pet Shelter.Adopt-A-Pet is just one of many alternative pet shelters you have to choose from and they may be a good option if you do not have small children or if you do not mind getting an older dog. You could save a life by adopting a shelter pet and still end up with a wonderful and loyal companion.
Selecting a puppy is an emotional decision, but it pays to keep these points in mind before you make your final decision. Once you’re armed with the right knowledge, you’ll be able to pick that perfect puppy that the whole family will enjoy and love.
How to Pick The Perfect Puppy
Early Puppy Care and Puppy Training
5 Easy Ways to Spot a Puppy Mill
Puppy mills can be found in almost every city.
But how can you spot them?
Here are five easy signs if you’re dealing with a shabby dog breeder.
You won’t be allowed to meet the parents of the pup you’re interested in at a puppy mill or farm.
The address for many puppy mills is in an industrial area, as opposed to a family home.
The areas where the dogs and puppies spend their time are not well taken care of and are confined
Puppy mills breed a lot of different breeds at once to always have pups available.
They don’t ask you any questions about why you want to get a dog.
Practical dog training can be challenging if you want to raise the perfect dog. You’ll find this to be especially true if your dog is of a stubborn breed. Sadly, some dog owners become frustrated and give up too soon, but it is best to act as quickly as possible. If bad behavior is allowed to continue, you may end up with a bigger problem on your hands.
The good news is, there are many easy ways that you can handle dog behavior issues in a humane and friendly way.
Dog behavioral problems can range from cute, but annoying little problems, to full-fledged dangerous issues such as biting. While there are many causes of behavioral problems, the solutions are fairly simple. The age-old adage, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” doesn’t really apply here with consistent training, you can overcome dog behavior problems.
Let’s look at a few simple and easy to implement dog training tips.
1. Be Consistent.This is the absolute key when training any animal. You may be tempted to let them slide every once in a while, but this will only serve to hamper your efforts. Be consistent with praise as well as with corrections and your dog will begin to understand that you are indeed the master.
2. Positive Reinforcement Training is Vital. While many older dog training techniques, such as choker chains may be initially effective, they may actually cause more problems down the road. Positive reinforcement training helps your dog associate good behavior with good rewards. This is a very effective means of tackling even the toughest dog behavior problems.
In brief, positive reinforcement training means that you reward a dog when they do the right thing, and withhold the reward when they do not. Even the most stubborn dog will begin to respond to these training techniques when they are applied consistently.
3.Introduction to a Crate. One of the easiest ways to put an end to destructive behavior is to provide your dog with clear cut boundaries. Crating them while you are gone, or when you need some space is an effective and humane training aid. You may need to introduce them to the crate slowly, and allow them time to get used to being confined. A crate should not be used as a punishment device, but rather as a safe place for them to go and relax.
4. An Additional Cautionary Note. Once the dog behavioral problems are addressed, and the corrective training has started, it is imperative everyone involved with the dog use the same training techniques. Everyone must be consistent in the handling of the dog. If not your poor dog will become very confused and may act out even more than before the corrective training was initiated.
Once you have started these methods, you can easily begin to solve dog behavioral issues without undue stress to you or your pet. A well-behaved pet is a happy pet and you’ll appreciate the lack of destructive and potentially harmful dog behavioral problems for you and your family.
The best way to deal with aggression in a dog is to prune their behaviors early on. Dogs are predatory animals, so it’s only natural that one would show signs of aggressive behavior even as a puppy. It’s the owner’s responsibility to train a dog to be submissive and obedient.
• Hunger • Protecting his territory • Struggling for dominance • Feeling trapped or threatened • Fear or insecurity • Boredom (chasing cars for example) • The dog has been pampered, and the needs or wants aren’t being met to their satisfaction.
Show your dog who’s the boss from the very beginning. There must be no doubt in his mind that your every command is to be obeyed immediately. It will take dedication and patience to accomplish. A very well trained dog will respond favorably to his master’s commands even at a distance and without a leash.
That is not to say you should never take your dog out in public without a leash. Most communities have leash laws, and even though you feel that you know your dog well, he may behave erratically in an unfamiliar situation.
Once your puppy has been de-wormed and had his shots, you’ll do well to introduce him to other dogs. Remain in control of his actions at all times. If the other dog becomes aggressive, hold your dog back to teach him not to respond to provocation. If your dog becomes aggressive, you’ll need to take charge quickly. A stern “no” and short jerk on the leash will send him the message that this behavior is not tolerated.
Another problem stemming from aggression is chasing cars, people, cats, or other dogs. Not only is it an unacceptable behavior, but chasing has resulted in the death of several family pets.
Chasing is an instinctual hunting behavior, and nearly every dog will chase something at one time or another. Going against such a deeply ingrained and natural trait is a challenge. Since hunting behavior is necessary for survival in the wild, it is probably the hardest habit to break in a dog. Even if your dog is obedient at other times, he may very well ignore your commands and take off after that irresistible rabbit.
There’s no way to outrun your dog. He’ll leave you eating his dust every time. So how can you stop him from exhibiting this aggressive behavior from a distance? The answer lies in gaining control of his ability to go after what he wants in an enclosed space.
Place a favorite toy or piece of food just out of his reach. Prevent him from going after it by holding him back with the leash. Tell him to sit and when he obeys you, shower him with praise. Then offer him the thing that he wants. By repeating this training, you are teaching your dog that he’s not allowed to have anything without your permission.
Start your puppy’s training early on and don’t allow aggression to take hold. You’ll have fewer headaches, passersby will be safe, and your dog will be more likely to live a few years longer.
5 Steps To Being The Pack Leader
Before you can have balanced dog behavior, you have to become the leader, and the leader needs to be every human in the family.
You have to communicate with your dogs in a way that they’ll understand, which means that you have to learn to think like a dog. Before you can think like a dog, you have to understand dog psychology.
Below are five steps to help put yourself in the Pack Leader position. Cesar Millan explains each point in detail.