What can be said about Puppies?
Puppies, while we love them, they can be a ton of work. Before you run out and adopt a new puppy, take the time to realize how much work they really can be.
While we all know that potty training can be difficult for some puppies, some are easy to train. What options do you have for training your pup?
One option is crate training. Crate training can be stressful for both you and your dog. If not done properly, crate training can cause fear of the crate, stress, and anxiety in your dog. Some very helpful tips can be found on Cesar’s Way .
One of the most essential tips for crate training your dog is to make sure to get your dog accustomed to spending short periods of time in the crate before leaving them for long periods of time. Dogs who have been abandoned or spent time in shelters may be more afraid and stressed than other dogs, mainly because they already know what it is like to be locked in a cage. Make the cage a happy place to be with treats and toys. Something to chew on is a plus as it will keep the puppy occupied for a short time. 15 minutes of stimulation for a dog is plenty and will mentally exhaust them so that they will nap. Show the puppy that even though you are leaving, you will return. Leave them for a few minutes to start with and return. Then for longer periods of time, and return. Showing the puppy that you will eventually return, and not because they are barking or whining. Even though some puppies can be quite shrill, be sure not to run back if they start to cry! They need to accept that you cannot come running every time they cry, just like children.
Pee Pad Training
I am personally not a fan of pee pad training for a puppy. This still teaches them that it is okay for them to go potty in the house. To me this is not acceptable. Teaching a dog bad habits that you will just have to break later, is not ideal. Unless you are okay with buying pee pads for the duration of the dogs life, and are happy to keep cleaning the mess up every day, this in not something that I recommend. However, it is something that people do and it is an acceptable way to train your dog to potty in one spot and not all over the house. More information on Pee pad training can be found here
Helpful Tips for Potty Training
- Keep the puppy on a regular feeding schedule and take away his/her food between meals.
- Take puppy out to eliminate first thing in the morning and then once every 30 minutes to an hour. Also, always take him/her outside after meals or when he wakes from a nap. Make sure he/she goes out last thing at night and before he’s/she’s left alone.
- Take puppy to the same spot each time to do his/her business. His/her scent will prompt him/her to go.
- Keep him/her on a leash so you know when the puppy has done his/her business
- Stay with him/her outside, at least until he’s/she’s house trained.
- When your puppy eliminates outside, praise him/her or give him/her a treat. A walk around the neighborhood is a nice reward.
Behavior training is another thing to consider before jumping in to get a puppy. Some puppies are easily motivated to do what you want them to do on command, and others are a bit more difficult. Behavior training can be done at home with little money, just invest some time spent with the dog each day training, usually in increments of about 15 minutes a day(puppies have a short attention span). Other dogs may be a bit more difficult, or have issues that you are unable to address on your own. When this happens, you may need to invest some serious dollars in order to hire a dog trainer. The best dog trainer in the world of course is Cesar Milan, and I refer to him frequently in my blogs. He has many helpful tips on training dogs on his pages. If you ever have a question about dog related anything and you cannot find it on my blog, see his page Cesar’s Way
Treats seem to be a favorite of most pets, in my experience, I have found this the best way to train a puppy. Most dogs, with a bit of time and a few treats, can be taught basic commands. Sit, roll over, stay, beg, all can be taught using treats. To keep your dog from becoming food aggressive, while they are eating, just toss in a couple of treats. Each time you do this move your hand closer and closer to the bowl until you can reach your hand into the bowl with no response from your dog! This is one of the best tricks I have learned yet. Of course, all training has to be the same for everyone in the family. One person cannot use sit and another use down for the same command. If you want your dog to sit use simple one syllable words like sit. If you want your dog to lay down use commands like down or lay. Dogs can understand simple one-two word phrases.
Key Takeaways for Today
- Training requires time
- Training is not for the faint hearted
- Training needs to be the same with every person in the home
- Everyone should participate, so the the puppy listens to everyone
- Potty training can be a long process
- Stay away from pee pads unless you want to spend your life cleaning up after your dog