Preparing for puppy:
Initially 3 times a day, then in a
few weeks to 2 times a day.
Do not "Free" feed/water until
housebreaking is achieved.
Keep food and water out of
reach during training phases.
Matter of Preference. Be
absolutely sure to get all soap and
water out and that coat dries well
before putting collar on. wouldn't
Keep up with this! It keeps the
"Quick" shorter so the nails
can remain shorter and your
puppy will remain familiar with
it. The front nails do not get
naturally worn down as much
as the back nails. Don't forget
about the Dewclaw if your
puppy has them yet.
Estimate 1 hour for every month of age up to 8 hours. All
crates must allow for puppy to stand and turn around
comfortably. No wired bottoms as that is uncomfortable.
Use this as a bedroom safe spot not a punishment.
Is your puppy getting into
mischief? Puppy probably
needs some more exercise.
Just like children they need
a recess and change of
environment to learn and
Especially during the change
from baby to adult teeth. It will
end, just be patient. Remove
chew temptations and offer
safe options. Utilize crate time.
Keep cords and wires away
because pups don't mind what
they chew. Never hit for
Keep puppy safe from Chocolate, Sugar Free gums, Onions,
Garlic, Rasins & Grapes, and many plants such as Lilies, Lilly
of the Valley, Rhubarb and so many more. Do your research!
Never... We repeat NEVER hit a puppy! Never slap, kick, pinch, or tap a puppy with
with children, it REALLY doesn't work with puppies!
ALWAYS use Positive Reinforcement:
This means rewarding a job well done for desired behavior. You can reward with your
tone of voice, treats, good body rubs and hugs, and extra toys and attention. For
undesired behavior you can use a firm LOW and Stern tone of voice with quick and
precise terms. Not long words. They do not speak English but they understand tones
that are sharp and direct. Do NOT YELL. A puppy is not yelled at by their mom so
volume is ineffective. Their mom directs them with very low tones and short sounds.
It is their instinct to react to those better than yelling or screaming.
Take puppy out to potty after every meal or treat and repeat this
again in a half hour. Use the same verbal commands repeatedly
and use hand commands to point where to go. If using a bell at
the door, swat the bell, then go out. The puppy will catch on. 2-3
weeks of consistency is what makes the best difference. Also
after naps, cuddle time, or a lot of play time.
Sit & Stay:
At 8 weeks your puppy will
learn sit quickly and has
already been exposed to it.
Use the commands at least 3
times a day and you'll see the
2 weeks. Keep it up daily for 2
months and they won't forget.
Lay and Down:
Use these as TWO SEPARATE terms. Lay is for laying down.
Down is for when you want puppy not to jump or to get down
from the table/counter they jumped up to be nosey about. It's
easier to distinguish the two as separate terms if you do not
use Lay down and down. Instead us Lay and Down. Don't
forget to also use hand commands so the puppy learns both.
This is for when you want
your puppy to happily come
because you are here and
you want the puppy to come
over. This is picked up
quickly with the use of treats
and then petting.
You'll be glad you taught this.
Also use a hand command for
"Shhhh" but use the vocal
command "Quiet" After awhile
you can just use the hand
command and it works like a
This is your URGENT "Come" call. This is the one used when
you mean business. Such as for running in the road, or
another dog running up to prevent danger. Use an URGENT
vocal sound to teach this and require puppy to sit next to you
with your hand on the puppy to complete the task.
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AVOID Negative Reinforcement:
This is confusing to some people. An example is when a new puppy is whining in his/her kennel. If you answer every time
the puppy screeches, the puppy learns you will come when he/she makes that sound so he/she will continue to use what
works. Instead don't answer. Offer additional alternatives. Check on puppy if you must but make it brief. No verbal
comforting, no cuddling, make it a quick in and out. Respond to puppy when puppy is well behaved. Another example:
Puppy barks and you give a treat or a toy. Now puppy learns to bark at you when he/she wants a treat. This is useful when
teaching "Speak" but not for just when puppy wants a treat. Do not give in to puppy's bad behaviors or tantrums. This is