Dog House Training


When you being a new puppy home, most often it will not already be housebroken. As with children, the only thing you need to house break your puppy is patience, and a lot of it. As soon as the puppy has been fed, he should be taken out - puppies often relieve themselves right after they eat, and so taking them our right after eating reinforces the idea that they should only relieve themselves outside.

 

An alternative method you might want to try is placing old sheets of newspaper on the floor. Understand though, that  this method takes plenty of time and patience, so don't give up. Every time the puppy relieves itself in the house, cover the mess with newspaper, and allow the puppy to investigate

it (for investigate it they will, if there is even an iota of puppy-ish-ness in them). Also, leave newspaper lying on the floor so that once the puppy recognizes the smell, it will use only the newspaper. To help it get the idea, place the puppy on the newspaper after it has eaten (and remember the magic word - patience, because puppies like to runabout after they eat).

 

Children and puppies should always be supervized. Never leave them alone with each other. Children can be unknowingly cruel to dogs (pulling whiskers, tail, etc.) and puppies can unwittingly retaliate by biting, which you certainly don't want.

 

Whatever behaviour you eventually want from your puppy, you must enforce from the start. If you do not want the grown up dog to be allowed in the bedroom, or sit on your living room couches, don't let them do so as puppies. On their first few nights in your house, puppies will be upset, and miss their litter mates etc. Make sure they have a nice warm and safe place to sleep in. If you want, you can sleep near that area for the first night. If you don't want them to beg from the dining room table - don't feed them while you eat at the table.

 

Above all, care for your puppy's health.Contact a local vet, and by all means, establish a good relationship. Your dog does not need to be ill to see the vet. The vet should see the dog while he isin good health, so he has something to compare the not well dog against, when you bring him in at

other times. Make sure you are up to  date on the puppy's shots. They can be expensive, but then, you decided to pay for them the day you decided to get the puppy. And as any dog lover will tellyou - puppies are worth every penny you spend on them, and then some more.