6 Simple Puppy Training Tips
How to prevent a puppy from developing a jumping problem:
Unwanted behaviors such as jumping up for attention are often learned at a young age. A puppy demands a response from us by being physical and putting its paws on us as well as barking and nipping. We inadvertently reward this by petting or picking up our puppy. You don’t want your puppy to interpret this as a reward for a behavior you are not going to like in the near future. When your puppy is excited, stay calm. Do not feed into your puppy’s frenzy. Only pet your puppy when he is seated. At first, you will need to help him get into the seated position. Then calmly pet and praise your puppy. This will teach your puppy at a young age to earn attention instead of physically demanding it.
Simple Puppy Training Tips
To Crate Train or not to Crate Train?
While some people view crate training as cruel and unnecessary, the benefits far outweigh any negatives. When done correctly, a puppy will come to appreciate the crate as their den area and feel safe and comfortable. When you first get your puppy home, you should introduce the crate immediately. There may be a transition period. A puppy is used to sleeping with litter mates and might whine the first night or two. Don’t give up. Your puppy will get past this phase quickly and it will be of great benefit that your dog has been crate trained. The crate serves as a great tool for housebreaking, safe confinement when unsupervised and when traveling. Your pup will grow to like the crate as long as you do not overuse it or use as a punishment. If your puppy is raised in a crate, they accept it as part of life.
We recommend using a wire crate with a divider so that you can adjust the size of the crate as your puppy grows. You want your puppy to be able to lie down and to turn around comfortably in his crate to start off. You don’t want your crate to be too large. A crate that is too large could lead to the puppy having accidents. Puppies are typically clean animals and don’t want to soil their eating, sleeping and playing areas. Do not put water in your puppy’s crate instead use ice cubes or ice chips. Take water away at least 30 minutes prior to putting them in the crate. Be sure to take them out immediately before you put them in the crate to give them one last bathroom break. Don’t leave your puppy in for more than a couple of hours at a time to start off. The exception is overnight. If you work and are gone more than 3 or 4 hours, you will want to invest in hiring a dog walker for the first few months since your puppy is going to need to go out several times during the day while you are away. Once your puppy is older and able to hold it longer, you can wean down the number of times a day your dog walker needs to come. Have your dog walker offer your puppy a small amount of water while there. You can also have the walker put ice cubes/chips in the crate so your puppy can gradually hydrate.
The crate is a great housebreaking tool. You don’t want any accidents to occur while your puppy is in his crate. If he does have an accident, don’t panic. Make sure you clean the crate with a product such as Nature’s Miracle which is an enzyme cleaner and odor eliminator or bleach. If your puppy has an accident in his crate, then he was probably in there too long. So next time, let your puppy out more frequently. You can also make the crate more appealing for your puppy if you put some type of safe chew toy such as a “kong” or “nylabone” in it to help him enjoy his time in it. Most puppies love their crate and view it as a safe place. Puppies are den animals and have a den instinct. The crate serves this need.
6 Simple Puppy Training Tips At Home
1- If you’ve just become the proud owner of a new pup, the first item on your agenda should be, no doubt, house training. We recommend that you do not use pee pads to house train your puppy. Pups need to eliminate as many as six times a day, outside preferably. Prepare to invest some time and effort into house training your pup.
2- The best training tool to begin the house training process is a crate. Get your dog a wire crate that is big enough to accommodate increases in size over the next few months, and small enough that he doesn’t find a corner of the crate in which to relieve himself. So get a crate that comes with a divider. Initially, keep your dog in the crate for short periods of time. Take him out to the yard to the same place if possible, at regular intervals to get him to eliminate. If he does, lavish him with praise and give him a reward. If he doesn’t go, put him back in his crate for about 10 minutes. Then take him outside again to the same spot which should be free of distractions. If he refuses to go, then put him back in his crate for 10 minutes. Continue this process until he eliminates outside. Over a period of days, your dog’s needs will become clear. Being confined to the crate will help your puppy learn to hold it for longer periods of time and wait for the next opportunity to go outside.
3- Don’t keep him confined for too long, one to two hours at first. If he relieves himself in the crate, then you will want to take him out more often. Make sure you clean up the mess with an enzyme based cleaning product such as Nature’s Miracle.. You can find this type of product in a pet store.
4- Don’t punish your puppy after accidents. All pups have accidents along the way. As an owner, it’s your responsibility to train your dog to behave the way you want him to behave. He’ll be more than happy to oblige if you teach him correctly from the beginning.
5- When your pup is out of his crate, always supervise. Watch out for telltale signs such as walking around in circles, sniffing, or losing interest during play. When he exhibits any of these behaviors, stop whatever you are doing and take him outside. Also, if your pup has been chewing a toy or bone and stops, then take him out immediately. Chewing stimulates his system for the need to go to the bathroom. Always go outside with him to make sure he goes.
6- Make sure to take him outside not too long after he gets a drink of water or eats and when he first wakes up from a nap. Don’t leave water in the crate overnight or even during the day. Try not to get up with him in the middle of the night if possible. Housebreaking takes time, so don’t get discouraged! It is a slow process, but the fewer mistakes your puppy has along the way, the better and quicker the route to housebreaking success.