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  • 1. Brought to you byhttp://homebiznessresource.com/trainingyourdog
  • 2. Chapter 1: Dog Behavior Training To Housebreak Your PuppyChapter 2: 3 Important Things To Remember When Training Your PuppyChapter 3: Crate Training For Your PuppyChapter 4: Dog Training - House Training Your New PuppyChapter 5: Paper Training A Puppy Without Ruining Your Floor Staining Your Carpet And Pulling OutYour HairChapter 6: Dog Training - Does Your Puppy Do ThisChapter 7: Basic Puppy Training TechniquesChapter 8: Dog Training - Teaching Your Puppy To Accept His Collar And LeashChapter 9: Dog Training Teaching Puppy Not To Jump Or BiteChapter 10: Dog Agility Training For Your PuppyChapter 11: Puppy Agility TrainingChapter 12: Puppy House-training - It S Easier Than You ThinkChapter 13: Puppy Training - The Importance Of Early Puppy TrainingChapter 14: Puppy Love Secrets To Professional Dog TrainingChapter 15: Puppy Owners Turn To Interactive Training VideosChapter 16: Puppy Training What Type Of Collar Should Your Puppy HaveChapter 17: What You Should Know About Crate Training - One Of The Most Effective Ways Of HouseTraining Any Puppy Or DogChapter 18: Puppy Training TipsChapter 19: Puppy House Training Do S And Don TsChapter 20: The Do S And The Don Ts Of House Training Your PuppyChapter 21: Training A New Puppy Diet Could Make A DifferenceChapter 22: Puppy Training - Good Doggie
  • 3. Chapter 1: Dog Behavior Training To Housebreak Your PuppyAre you ready to find the puppy housebreaking solutions you have been searching for? Im glad youfound my article. Sit back and relax and I believe you will learn a thing or two.Housebreaking is the most indispensable thing your puppy needs to learn. Ordinary sound judgmentought to reveal to you why. Do you hope for your home to stay spic and span Take care of your puppyshousebreaking thoroughly. Besides the preservation of your general domestic hygiene, trained dogs arecontented dogs. As creatures of habit, its in their make-up to maintain schedules as pack animals.Here is how you ought to housebreak your puppy:Best Housebreaking AgeAt the time your puppy attains the age of 8 to 12 weeks old, its highly appropriate to starthousebreaking. Bear in mind that slogan that old dogs cant learn new tricks It is accurate so why takea chance?Using a Crate HelpsDog trainers recommend using a crate in housebreaking your puppy. A crate is similar to a cage, havingyou can see through bars and a locking door that locks. Its area ought to fit sufficiently the dogsdimensions for it to move about in. It ought to be utilized similar to a dogs bedroom. It is advised tonot confine your puppy in his crate for longer than two hours at a time.The thinking supporting using a crate in housebreaking your puppy is that dogs would not foul theirareas where they sleep areas. Nevertheless, he may do so if you confine him in somewhere for longerthan he can keep it in. At no time use a crate to penalize your dog, it would boomerang. Usually, pupsthat are three-months old have to deal with natures needs every 3 hours, so you ought to lead him to aspecial out of doors comfort location more frequently.Teach Your Puppy To Learn RoutinesAn additional tip is to exit the residence through one way out exclusively. This way out ought to be theone that you desire your dog to scratch to advise you concerning his being called by nature.Taking your pup out at approximately the identical times every day would be extremely useful for theboth of you. This would assist in establishing a habit, and would force him learn to keep it in waitingfor you to become ready to accompany him out.Watch For CluesIf your un-housebroken dog is used to roaming unrestricted about the home, look for signs that indicateto you he needs to do it. Be absolutely watchful enough of his behavior, i.e., a lot of sniffing, circlingan room, staring at the door with a strong expression on his face, etc. If you discover him as he isrelieving himself, halt him using a rapid snatch of his collar and draw it up at the same time asserting"No" using your bass, strict tone (dont forget to use a deep, surly speech as you state statingcommands). Subsequently, accompany him into the outdoors and let him conclude what he hadstarted. Afterwards, pat him on his head while stating "Good (his name)!" It is a must to have your dogget accustomed to getting praised whenever he does anything that makes you pleased. Offering himtreats as a bonus whenever he does his business in the appropriate place can be very useful, too.Being Patient is a Big AssetSimilar to any disciplinary endeavor, housebreaking requires a lot of tolerance. If you absolutely hatewashing your dogs leavings off your Persian carpets on an hourly basis and having your entire residence
  • 4. smell similar to a community rest room, you want the housebreaking to be a success in a wink of aneye, if not sooner.Common Sense Makes a Lot of Sense And Is the Way To GoThe use of common sense will aid you big a lot in handling your puppys housebreaking. Thinkinglogically ought to let you know you to not give your dog water previous to bedtime if his inclination isto pee frequently at during the night time. Following his timetable as top priority should turn out to beextremely useful in having it slowly switch into yours.Besides tolerance and common sense, regularity is likewise one of the significant factors of this dogdisciplining exercise. If you suddenly draw a blank concerning the routines yourself, dont criticize ifyour dog if he starts committing accidents more frequently. Bear in mind that the stakes are significant(dirty and foul-smelling house). If you would prefer to succeed in this housebreaking achievement ornearly about in any additional disciplinary drills, dont handle it as a an amusement. Allocate sufficienttime and dedication on your side.Good luck!
  • 5. Chapter 2: 3 Important Things To Remember When Training Your PuppyThere are as many ways to raise a puppy as there are to raising a child. In fact, one way per family ingeneral! But most of us agree that when it comes to children, certain things are universal andundisputed. Here are three things that a lot of people just do not think of when it comes to raisingtheir dogs, however. How many times have we heard, "My dog just wont listen to me", or "He just wontbehave!"1. Dogs do not understand English until we teach them.The thing we all love about puppies the most is the way they live for us, the way they focus all theyhave on us, the way our lives become theirs. in the beginning, they study us to learn our bodylanguage, our facial expressions and our language. Until we teach them the English language, its allthey have. If we say, "Wanna go out?" one day, "Have to go potty?" the next day, and, "Hafta pee?" thethird day, if they DO figure out what we want, it is because we have picked up the leash and movedtoward the door with a happy face! If you want to speed up his training by three-fold, teach him YOURlanguage. Pick a command for EACH behavior and stick with it. Tell all in your family to use the samewords and commands, and your puppy will amaze you at how much faster he learns.2. A young puppys metabolism is racing along faster than we think.The younger your puppy is, the faster he is growing, the more food and water he needs to fuel hismetabolism, and the more often he has to go potty. Do not punish your puppy when he makes a house-breaking mistake. These are YOUR fault. Your puppys age in weeks and his breed size determine howoften he must go out. Once an hour is not too often for a large 6-week old puppy, especially if it issummertime. Dogs love the exciting smells outdoors, so there is no excuse to not have himhousebroken by 7-8 weeks of age. Right after a nap, after he eats and after grooming are the keytimes, and he will signal you. If he is happily chewing a toy and gets up suddenly with his nose to thefloor, move quickly! And every time he goes potty outside, praise him to high heaven! "What a goodBOYY!", "GOOD go potty!" and the like. Dogs love our happy faces, and they will do anything to get it.3. Dogs live for our facial expressions and body language.Because of this, the worst punishment you ever need to give your dog is a scowl and to turn away fromhim. You can see his tail fall down and his face get so sad. He will learn the lesson, I guarantee it. Buthis attention span is only 3-5 minutes, so do not scorn him any longer. Love him up and give him yourhappy face again. Physical punishment is never necessary. Use consistent commands and loving praiseand he will know what you want of him before you know. He will become a master of your bodylanguage and facial expressions in no time at all.Naturally there are many aspects of training your puppy well. Loving kindness works just as well forpuppies as it does with children, creating a happy, well-adjusted and obedient dog for life. These threeimportant tips, used consistently with confidence, will start him well on his way.
  • 6. Chapter 3: Crate Training For Your PuppyTeaching your puppy crate training is the first and best step in his life. It makes all the other steps inhis training go so much smoother, much like a solid foundation makes for a superior wall. Establishingyou as the Alpha member of his “pack” is one very good reason for starting your puppy in a crate whenhe is very young.Another reason for crate training is that dogs love predictability. To know what is going to happen inany given situation makes him happy, and more apt to be the best-behaved dog he can possibly be.A strong crate is the very basis of good puppy training. A wire crate with a lock is the best kind. Makesure it is large enough for him to stand up and turn around. But not so large that he can roam andwander around. A too-large crate will inhibit house breaking.A crate that is just the right size will be perceived as his “nest”, where puppies never “go potty”. Theywill learn to hold it if you don’t make a prison out of it. Never leave a puppy under 8 weeks longer thanone hour in his crate. He will soil it, after struggling and suffering as long as he can.Put a nice pad in there with a bone. Start with placing a tasty treat in there, he will go in and get it.Do this several times without closing the door, let him come in and out freely for an hour or so. Praisehim highly each time he goes in, make it all very pleasant.Then when his attention is on his treat, close the door. Praise him quietly, “What a good boy, it’s ok,such a good boy!” In 10 or 20 seconds, no longer, let him out without a word, no praise, just a pat. Dothis for increasingly longer intervals, but do not give him a chance to get upset. You can do this severaltimes the first day.Make sure every training session ends on a happy note, this is crucial.Once he sees the crate is his own private territory, he will go in there on his own, expecting treats andyour attention. When he does, say, “Wanna crate?” with a happy face while getting his treats. Startleaving the room while he is in there for 2 minutes and onward, gradually. When you return, don’tmake a fuss, just walk over and open the crate. In 3 days he will be officially crate-trained, ready to beleft alone for an hour, no longer at first. Leave him gradually longer, slowly and carefully.Q. Why do I want a crate for my puppy? A. Because they love it is the best reason. They feel very safeand secure in there. Here are some more:When you leave a puppy alone, he always has some measure of separation anxiety. This leads him toany behavior that brings him comfort, which is chewing, digging, or when it is severe, voiding hisbowels. When placed in a crate, he feels safe because nothing can get to him, nothing can harm him.He will sleep and chew and wait for you to return. When leaving him overnight at the vet, if your dogis not crate trained he will cry the entire time, feeling lost and abandoned. With crate training, he issure you will return, you always do. Of course the vet’s office is strange and will cause him someanxiety, but nothing like the pure terror he will feel without experience in being locked in.NOTE: About crate-training, do not make a prison of his crate. Do not use it as punishment. Do notleave him there for more than 2 hours, just time for a long puppy nap and some chew time. After thathe will cry. Do not remove him while he is crying. This will make him think he has to cry to get out. Nomatter what, make sure he is being good when you open the door. He will learn he has to be quiet toget out. Do not make a fuss when you are letting him out, just quietly open the door and take him outto potty. When he potties, praise him to high heaven! Dogs naturally do not go where they nest, butsometimes it happens. Do not scold, just clean it out with a bland face. He will learn the lesson. Ifpossible, try to clean it while he is outside so he returns to a clean crate
  • 7. Chapter 4: Dog Training - House Training Your New PuppyHouse training is the first thing your new puppy must learn. The toileting process a puppy learns in thefirst few months as a member of your household will last a lifetime so it’s important to do it right thefirst time. House training issues are the number one reason why dogs are taken to animal shelters solet’s begin.It’s important to understand that your puppy probably won’t be completely trained until he’s about 6months old. That’s because young puppies lack the bladder and bowel control that they need to bereliably left alone for long periods of time.It is also important for you to be available to supervise your new puppy but we all know that lifehappens. If you can’t be available for a period of time, confine your puppy to a small puppy-proofroom. The entire floor should be covered with newspaper or some absorbent, disposable material. Atfirst, your puppy will go everywhere in the room. As he gets older he will favor one area. Slowlyreduce the area covered in papers until the puppy eventually goes only on the toilet papers. The floorin the puppy-proof room should not resemble other floor areas in the house like carpet or hardwood.Once your puppy is used to eliminating on a particular surface, he will want to eliminate on that typeof surface.If you want to train your puppy to use only papers, your task is complete. Most owners prefer for theirdogs to eliminate outside so the puppy-proof room should only be used when you aren’t home tosupervise. If your puppy spends time in a crate, which he should at first, you can place papers in onearea in the crate for your puppy to use. Dogs are naturally very clean animals and they will do theirbest no to soil their bed area. This really helps your puppy develop self control.For puppies who are to be outdoor trained, take the puppy to his designated toilet area every 45minutes. When your puppy does his business in his designated area, lavish praise on him. Don’t beafraid to look like a fool when providing this praise. He is learning the most important lesson in livingin your household so go overboard with praise.Put your puppy on a consistent feeding schedule so you can anticipate his needs. While he does needfree access to clean, fresh drinking water, don’t give him unrestricted access to food. Likewise, untilhe is fully trained, do not give him the run of the house. One thing that will greatly aid in this processis putting a collar and long lead on your puppy and tying the other end of the lead around your waist.Your puppy will like being close to you and he won’t have the opportunity to make many mistakes.That doesn’t mean that mistakes won’t happen. When they do, don’t punish or reprimand him. Hewon’t understand the reason for the punishment and he might become nervous or agitated. He mighteven think he is being punished for eliminating at all. This could set your training back rather thanmoving it forward.The main thing you need for house training your puppy is patience and a good sense of humor. Be calmand relaxed while being consistent in your schedule and your puppy will be relaxed and calm whilelearning what he needs to learn to become a well adjusted member of the family.
  • 8. Chapter 5: Paper Training A Puppy Without Ruining Your Floor Staining Your Carpet And Pulling OutYour HairYouve just adopted the cutest, tiniest teacup Chihuahua puppy! Youve brought him home and got himaccustomed to his surroundings.And now its "housetraining a new puppy" time!Now youre sweating at the thought of urine stains on your beautiful Persian carpet or a pile of poop onyour expensive exotic hardwood flooring! You can relax, because there is a solution!Housetraining a new puppy can easily be done inside by paper training!Here are some basic guidelines for paper training a puppy:1. Place several layers of newspaper in a spot that is away from the puppys feeding and wateringdishes.After your puppy eats and drinks, take him to the papers. Also take your puppy to the papers, tourinate and defecate, the first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. He must also be takento the papers after he chews, plays hard, and comes out of his crate.2. Change the papers after each time that the puppy uses them.Under the fresh papers, put a lightly soiled one. Your puppy will be encouraged to go to the bathroomby the scent left on the soiled paper.3. Clean underneath the papers with an odor neutralizer.If you fail to do so, your puppy will smell his scent on the floor and start sniffing around the edge ofthe paper. Thats a no, no! You want to keep your puppy ON the paper and using an odor neutralizerwill keep him focused on using the bathroom on the paper!4. Clap your hands to startle your puppy if he makes a mistake.Please! Just startle him. Dont scare the poor thing half to death! This will distract your puppy and stophim from urinating. Pick him up and take him to the paper where you want him to go. Lavishly praiseyour puppy when he finishes going to the bathroom!5. Dont go BALISTIC if your puppy urinates or defecates off of the papers.Dont punish him by spanking, yelling, or rubbing his nose in the mess! Remember, your puppy is just ababy. He made a mistake; he did not commit the crime of the century!6. Do not use a product containing ammonia to clean up after your puppy.Urine contains ammonia and that lovely familiar scent will invite your puppy to urinate again on thatvery same spot! If you are concerned about permanent odor or staining, putting plastic or waxed paperunderneath the papers will help preserve your carpet or flooring.7. You must be consistent.Put your puppy on a schedule. If you alter the schedule or let your puppy do something differently oneday and not the next, he will get confused!8. Keep a close eye on your puppy.Never, ever leave an untrained puppy alone in your house! Doing so is just asking for trouble!9. Carry your puppy to different parts of your apartment or house and say "papers!"Then, carry him back to the papers. This will train your puppy to go to the papers when he has thedesire to go to the bathroom! And you will have survived paper training a puppy!
  • 9. Chapter 6: Dog Training - Does Your Puppy Do ThisUnfortunately, eliminating problem behaviors is one thing that most dog owners eventually face. Thisarticle will focus on a few of the most commonly encountered behavior problems.Problem #1 - Jumping up on peopleOne of the most frequently cited problems with dogs is that of jumping up on people. Unfortunately,this is one of those behaviors that is often inadvertently encouraged by well meaning owners. After all,it is cute and adorable when that little 10 pound puppy jumps up on you, your family members andyour friends.Many people reward this behavior on the part of a small puppy with kisses and treats. This is a hugemistake, however, since that cute little puppy may soon become a full grown dog who could weigh wellin excess of 100 pounds. Suddenly that cute jumping behavior is no longer quite so cute.In addition to being annoying, jumping up on people can be dangerous as well. A large, heavy dog,jumping enthusiastically, can easily knock over a child or an older or handicapped adult. In todayslitigious society, such an incident could easily make you, as the dogs owner, the subject of anunwanted lawsuit.The time to teach a dog that jumping up on people is unacceptable is when he is still young and easy tohandle. Retraining a dog that has been allowed to jump up on people can be difficult for the owner,and confusing for the dog.When the puppy tries to jump on you or another member of your family, gently but firmly place thepuppys feet back on the floor. After the puppy is standing firmly on the floor, be sure to reward andpraise him. It is important for every member of the family, as well as frequently visiting friends, tounderstand this rule and follow it religiously.If one member of the family reprimands the dog for jumping and another praises him, the dog will beunderstandably confused. As with other dog training issues, consistency is the key to teaching the dogthat jumping is always inappropriate.When praising and rewarding the dog for staying down, it is important for the trainer to get down onthe dogs level. Giving affection and praise at eye level with the puppy is a great way to reinforce thelesson.Problem #2 - Pulling and tugging at the leashPulling on the leash is another problem trait that many puppies pick up. Unfortunately, this behavior isalso one that is sometimes encouraged by well meaning owners. Playing games like tug of war with theleash, or even with a rope (that can look like the leash to the dog) can unwittingly encourage aproblem behavior.The use of a quality body harness can be a big help when training a puppy not to pull, or retraining adog that has picked up the habit of pulling on the leash. Try training the puppy to accept the bodyharness the same way it accepts the regular buckle collar.When walking with your dog, try using a lure or toy to encourage the dog to remain at your side. Atraining collar, when properly used, can also be a good training tool for a problem dog. When using atraining collar or choke chain, however, it is very important to fit it correctly, and to use a size that isneither too big nor too small for your dog.When walking with your puppy, it is important to keep the leash loose at all times. If the puppy begins
  • 10. to pull ahead, the handler should quickly change directions so that the puppy fast finds itself fallingbehind. It is important to reverse directions before the puppy has reached the end of the leash. Theleash should stay loose except for the split second it takes the handler to reverse direction. It isimportant to use a quick tug, followed by an immediate slackening of the leash.When training a puppy, it is important to never let the puppy pull you around. Training the puppy towalk properly while he or she is still small enough to handle is absolutely vital, especially when dealingwith a large breed of dog. If your 150 pound Great Dane hasnt learned to walk properly while he or sheis still a 20 pound puppy, chances are it never will.It is important not to yank or pull on the puppys neck when correcting him. A gentle, steady pressurewill work much better than a hard yank. The best strategy is to use the least amount of pressurepossible to achieve the desired result.
  • 11. Chapter 7: Basic Puppy Training TechniquesThere are a number of important guidelines that you need to keep in mind when teaching your puppythe basics about good behavior. Exercising the right training techniques is what will make or break yourtraining regimen with your dog. Follow these five important guidelines and teaching your puppy will beeasier than ever.1 - Be Gentle - Your new puppy is going to be extremely sensitive at first, and as a result will not beable to handle anything that is too stressful on both an emotional and a physical level. Althoughlearning generally quickly takes place, now is the time where your puppy will react poorly to stress orbeing trained too rough. If fears are picked up too easily during the training process, then it mayinhibit the puppys ability to learn, so make sure to be gentle but firm in your training.2 - Keep Things Brief - Puppies have even shorter attention spans than children. Your puppy is onlygoing to learn when his or her attention is on you, and you will not see the results that you are lookingfor when your puppy is tired physically or mentally. Make sure to be brief when putting your puppythrough training activities, and then you can move on.3 - Exercise Patience - Expecting overnight results is only going to frustrate you and cause your trainingregimen to lose its focus. Relax, and understand that things like this will take time, and puppies learnin spurts. Puppies also do go through brief memory lapses so do not allow yourself to becomeoverwhelmed if your puppy seems to forget some of its training from one day to the next. Exercisepatience when it comes to training and you will be just fine.4 - Exercise Simplicity - Teaching your puppy should be done in a step by step process if you want toattain the best results. This is the best way that your puppy will learn. Exercise a simple, step by stepapproach and your puppy will learn more quickly and will enjoy the process more thoroughly than ifyou were to employ a more intensive training regimen.5 - Build Confidence - Confidence is the core of every healthy adult dog, and confidence begins withbuilding confidence in a young puppy. Building confidence in your puppy is not hard at all to do; all youneed to do is spend positive time with your puppy as often as you possibly can. This will help to buildself confidence in your puppy. You should not always be in training mode when you first get yourpuppy, but instead sometimes you should step back and play with your dog, having fun with him or herin the process. Training is important, but above all else your dog needs to know that you are friends.These five fundamental training foundations are vital in preparing your puppy for an effective trainingregimen and will drive better results when properly integrated into your step by step puppy trainingprocess.
  • 12. Chapter 8: Dog Training - Teaching Your Puppy To Accept His Collar And LeashLearning to walk on a collar and leash is the basis of all further training for every puppy. Until thepuppy has learned to accept the collar and leash, it will be impossible to perform any additionaltraining.The first step toward getting the puppy to accept the collar and leash is to find a collar that fits thedog properly. It is important that the collar be neither too light or too heavy, neither too thin nor toothick. A collar that is too light for the dog can be easily broken, while a collar that is too heavy maybe uncomfortable for the puppy to wear. It is also important that the width of the color beappropriate for the size of the dog.Determining the proper length of the collar is relatively easy. Simply wrap a tape measure or a stringlightly around the dog’s neck to get an accurate measurement. It is important that the tape measurenot be tight, just slightly snug.Most collars are sized in two inch increments, so you may have to round up to get a properly sizedcollar. For instance, if the dog has a 13” neck, you would buy a 14” collar, and so on.After you have purchased the perfect collar, the next step is to put it on the dog and allow him to wearit around the house. Do not be dismayed if the dog whines, paws at the collar or otherwise tries toremove it. This is normal, and the dog should not be punished for it. It is best to simply ignore the dogand allow him to work out his own issues with the collar.The dog should be allowed to wear the collar 24 hours a day for a number of days to get used to thefeel of the collar on his neck. After the dog is accepting the collar well, it is time to start introducingthe leash. A lightweight leash works best for this process. Simply attach the leash to the dog’s collarand allow him to walk around the house with it. The dog should of course be supervised during thisprocess in order to make sure he does not get the leash caught on anything. Getting the leash caughtor snagged could frighten the dog and create a leash phobia that will be hard to overcome.In the beginning, the leash should only be attached for a few minutes at a time. It is important toattach the leash at happy times, such as playtime, meal time, etc. It is important for the dog toassociate the leash with happy things. When the leash is not attached to the dog, it is a good idea tokeep it near the dog’s food and water bowls. The dog should be encouraged to investigate the leash,and to discover that it is not something to fear.After the dog is used to walking around with the leash attached, take the end of the leash in your handand just hold it. Allow the dog to walk around. If the dog bumps into the end of the leash, just allowthe dog to react and move as he desires. The goal of this exercise is to simply allow the dog to getused to the feel of the collar and the leash.It is important to allow the puppy plenty of time to get used to wearing the collar and leash beforeever attempting to lead the puppy. It is best to perform this exercise in the home or otherenvironment where the puppy feels safe and secure. After the puppy is comfortable and contentwalking on the leash in the home, it can slowly be taken outside. It is best to make these outside tripsvery short at the beginning, and to lengthen them slowly over time. Some puppies take to the collarand leash immediately, while others may require some additional time.
  • 13. Chapter 9: Dog Training Teaching Puppy Not To Jump Or BiteYou finally have your adorable, cuddly new puppy. You are happy to have him and he is happy to havea family. But wait - its just the beginning. There are 2 behaviors you need to deal with almostimmediately - jumping on people and biting.Jumping on peopleThis is a problem that you or others might inadvertently encourage. He is so little and cute, that littletail is wagging and, after all, isnt socialization and getting used to people important? Of coursesocialization and getting used to people is crucial but allowing him to jump on people isnt the way todo it.Imagine your cute, little puppy as a full grown 80 - 100 pound dog. Will it be so cute when hejumps on people then? No and it will be dangerous if he jumps on children or small adults because hecould easily knock them down.The best time to take care of this is, of course, when he is a puppy. When the puppy jumps up on youor someone else, gently place the puppys feet back on the floor. When he remains standing there, besure to praise him extensively. Give him an alternative to jumping up. Puppies jump up on people toexpress their enthusiasm, so it is important to redirect this energy in a more socially acceptabledirection. Try teaching the puppy to present his paw instead of jumping up. When teaching the puppyto not jump up on people, it is important to be consistent. Consistency is important in any trainingprogram, and all members of the family as well as friends must understand that the puppy is notpermitted to jump on them - ever.BitingBiting is one of those things that every puppy seems to do, and every puppy must be taught not to do.Like many behaviors, such as jumping up on people, biting and nipping can seem cute when the puppyis small, but much less so as he gets older, larger and stronger.Left to their own devices, most puppies learn to control their biting reflex from their mothers and fromtheir littermates. When the puppy becomes overenthusiastic, whether when nursing or playing, themother dog, or the other puppies, will quickly issue a correction.Unfortunately, this type of natural correction often does not occur, since many puppies are removedfrom their mothers when they are still quite young. It is therefore up to you to take over thisimportant process.Socializing the puppy with other dogs and puppies is one of the best and most effective ways to teachthe puppy the appropriate, and non appropriate way to bite, and to curb the biting response.Many communities and pet stores sponsor puppy playtime and puppy kindergarten classes, and theseclasses can be great places for puppies to socialize with each other, and with other humans andanimals as well. As the puppies play with each other, they will naturally bite and nip each other.When one puppy becomes too rough or bites too hard, the other puppies will quickly respond bycorrecting him.The best time for this socialization of the puppy to occur is when it is still young. It is vital that everydog be properly socialized, since a poorly socialized dog, or worse, one that is not socialized at all, canbecome dangerous and even neurotic. Most experts recommend that puppies be socialized before theyhave reached the age of 12 weeks, or three months.Another reason for socializing the puppy early is that mothers of young children may be understandablyreluctant to allow their young children to play with older or larger dogs. Since socializing the dog withother people is just as important as socializing it with other dogs, it is best to do it when the puppy is
  • 14. still young enough to be non threatening to everyone.It is important for the puppy to be exposed to a wide variety of different stimuli during thesocialization process. The socialization process should include exposing the puppy to a wide variety ofother animals, including other puppies, adult dogs, cats and other domestic animals. In addition, thepuppy should be introduced to as wide a cross section of people as possible, including young children,older people, men, women and people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.While socialization is very important to providing the puppy with life lessons and preventing him frombiting, it is not the only method of preventing unwanted biting and mouthing. Giving the puppyappropriate things to play with and bite is another good way to control inappropriate biting. Providinga variety of chew toys, ropes and other things the puppy can chew is important to preventing boredom,keeping his teeth polished and keeping him from chewing things he should not.As with any training, it is important to be consistent when teaching the puppy not to bite. Everymember of the family, as well as close friends who may visit, should all be told that the puppy is to bediscouraged from biting. If one person allows the puppy to chew on them while everyone else doesnot, the puppy will quickly become confused, and that can make the training process much moredifficult than it has to be.
  • 15. Chapter 10: Dog Agility Training For Your PuppyYou may be thnking, "When can I start agility training with my new puppy?" You can start immediately,with certain recommendations. Puppies are always learning, so every time you are with your pup youcan be playing and socializing with agility in mind. Always remember, if you can control your puppiesenvironment, you can teach and train the behaviors you want, left on their own, even in a fenced yard,puppies will learn and develop behaviors that later we may want or need to extinguish.Expose your puppy to different surfaces. One of the first behaviors we teach our pups is "Box" or"Table". This behavior transfers to the agility pause table. Lure pup up on a low pause table, treatthem on the table. You can call the pause table anything you want. (If I was starting over I wouldname the pause table "Box" instead of "Table" for my dogs because on the agility course there is thepotential to have too many "T" words, i.e. tunnel, tire, table, and teeter. The problem is I am also acreature of habit, and under pressure revert back to my default words, "table" would be one of them.)Teach your pup to "Box", meaning to get up on a variety of obstacles. In our training field we use"Box" for upside down kennel tops, the bottom of barrels turned upside down, bird crates, and more.Be creative with your pup, get them to get up on all kinds of surfaces, exposing them to differentshapes, sizes, and textures. Once your pup is comfortable getting up on a "Box", then you can begin toask them to sit on the box also.You can also begin to use Buja boards for motion training. Buja boards are generally made fromplywood, 36" x 36" with a painted surface or covered surface. On the underside, there is a 2x4 boxwhere a partially deflated ball is placed. This enables the Buja board to rock gently. At first you canreward your pup for getting one paw on the board, then reward for two feet and eventually all four.Depending on your pups temperament will determine how fast they get comfortable on the Buja Board.Perch training can also be started with young pups. The Perch is generally a 1x1 wood surface that israised by 2"x4"s underneath. So the Perch is about four inches in height. The Perch helps teach pupsrearend awareness. Again, you can reward your pup for getting one front paw on the perch and thenthe other. Perch training is mostly used with just the front paws on the Perch.These are just a few behaviors you can teach your young pup. Exposure to a variety of surfaces andheights will help your pup build confidence in his future agility training.
  • 16. Chapter 11: Puppy Agility TrainingYou may be asking, "When can I start agility training with my new puppy?" Puppies are alwayslearning, so every time you are with your pup you can be playing and socializing with agility in mind.Always remember, if you can control your puppies environment, you can teach and train the behaviorsyou want, left on their own, even in a fenced yard, puppies will learn and develop behaviors that laterwe may want or need to extinguish.One of the first behaviors we teach our pups is "Table" or "Box". This behavior transfers to the agilitypause table. But more than that, the table is the center and control point of our puppy training. Weintroduce pups and older dogs to the table set at a 12 inch height. If you have a very small pup youcould use an 8 inch table, but even with bigger dogs we use the 12 inch table and not higher. To begin,lure pup up on a low pause table, treat him for getting on the table. Once the pup is comfortablegetting up on the table, then lure the pup up to a sit. You can also lure to a down.Next you want to work on distance to the table. If you have a person to help you you can use a whitetarget plate on the table, take the pup and step back from the table about 3 feet. Have your helpermake a noise to get the pups attention, and place a treat on the table. Release your pup to, "Gotable." The pup gets his reward only when getting up on the table. If you dont have a helper, thanplace your treat in a covered container that will be recognized as a treat box for your pup. Leave thetreat container on the table, step away from the table about 3 feet, face the table and say, "GoTable".If your pup is very young, you can hold him as you lift him off the table and move away from the table.If your pup is too big for you to hold then use a flatbuckle collar and light dragline for your pup.Now introduce your jumps to your pup. But you are not going to use the jump bars yet. First you wantyour pup to go through or between the jump uprights. Set a jump about 4 feet away from your table.Take your pup to the other side of the jump. So you are lined up pup, jump, then table. You want toget your pups attention to the treat on the table, either with a helper or a treat container, releaseyour pup to the table, "Go Table". Let the pup run ahead of you, but go meet him at the table so thathe can get his treat, praise him then offer him another treat for sitting on the table.Progress with adding one extra jump at a time. Spacing the jumps about 3 feet apart. You aredeveloping a jump chute that will lead the pup to the table. Remember your goal is to build thecommand, "Go" and "Table". You are also teaching the pup to move out ahead of you, working awayfrom you and getting comfortable working around tables and jumps. Your pup is getting familiarrunning through the jump uprights, but you are not focusing on having your pup jump.With all your puppy training, have fun with your pup. Use all your puppies motivators, praise, toys,and food. It is up to you to be more interesting to your pup than all the other distractions out in theyard.
  • 17. Chapter 12: Puppy House-training - It S Easier Than You ThinkHouse training is something that is vital if you want to have a good experience of being a dog owner. Itis a training that should stay with your dog for his whole life so its worth getting it right from the start.A lot of people think that this is a difficult task, that it will take months of work, but in reality it is oneof the simplest things to achieve. It took me just four days to house train my puppy, to give him acommand for going to the toilet that he always responds to, and with the following methods, you canbe just as successful. It may take a few weeks, depending on you, your attitude, your livingarrangements and many other factors, but with patience and lots of time and effort, you can have aperfectly house-trained dog for life.This method does not entail using a crate, just regularly keep your dog in one particular area of thehouse, especially when unsupervised. Its best if its an easily cleaned floor, such as a linoleum in thebathroom, as there will be a few accidents to start with. You cannot allow your puppy to wanderaround the whole house unsupervised as she will just go to the toilet whenever she feels like it withoutbeing trained to do otherwise. Make sure your puppy has a nice comfortable bed in her chosen area andthat she is happy to use it. Once she establishes the bed as her own, she is less likely to mess near it.You should also ensure that she is happy in this area – fresh water should always be available, and playwith her and pet her there so she feels happy, safe and secure.The key to this method of house training is observing your puppys behaviour, so you must spend lots oftime with her. The other important factor is to have a regular routine for feeding. Puppies usually needto go to the toilet after eating, so a routine will help you both. Check also that her food and water andthe quantities are suiting her digestive system. You cant house train a dog who has diarrhoea, so thismust be sorted out right at the beginning. Speak to your vet if you cant resolve this yourself or if thereare urinary problems – it could be an infection.So heres the procedure, once you have everything in place. Think of a command word that you will useevery time you see your puppy about to go to the toilet or when you want to encourage her to do so.When she wakes in the morning, within half an hour after eating and before she goes to sleep, youshould take her to her toilet area (this will either be some newspaper on the floor or a convenient areajust outside the back door in the garden) and give her the command. The likelihood is that, if you arepatient enough, she will go to the toilet and you can praise her for doing so in the right place. When apuppy is young, they have little control and a small capacity for urine and faeces in their system, soyou should take her out every two hours so she has the opportunity to go if she wants to.When you are spending time with your puppy (and you should spend a lot time with her at this point inher life) you must observe her and become familiar with her behaviour when shes about to go to thetoilet – mine looks agitated and walks around with his knees slightly bent just before he goes, sniffingthe ground in circles. Once you know this, you can pre-empt your own puppys need, and either pickher up or call her quickly to her toilet area. Once your puppy is in the toilet area, give your toiletcommand in a friendly encouraging tone. If she walks away from the toilet area, lead her gently backthere and give the command. If your puppy is really averse to going in that area, look for a reason why– there could be a good reason that needs addressing.DO NOT chastise your dog when she gets it wrong. She will not understand why youre telling her offand it will only confuse her. You should also be careful to clean up any accidents with a detergent thatremoves the smell – dogs like to mess again where they have left their scent and you need todiscourage this through thorough cleaning practices.So, to re-cap, spend lots of time with your puppy, learn her pre-toilet behaviour and pre-empt it. Leadher to her toilet area and give the toilet command. Praise her abundantly when she goes on commandin the right place. Keep her living area clean, comfortable and fun to be in for both of you. Above all,be patient – house training does take time and your dog has a lot to learn at this stage of her life. Sheneed lots of love, lots of fun and games and lots of encouragement.
  • 18. Chapter 13: Puppy Training - The Importance Of Early Puppy TrainingThat sweet little bundle of fur you brought home for the kids is getting bigger now, and needs to learnsome manners. At what point does its nibbling on your fingers stop being cute? When do its “accidents”start being on purpose? How do you know when it’s a good time to start training your puppy?Some experts have recently begun to suggest that the training process starts before the puppy is born.In the past, the prenatal period wasn’t considered in the social development of dogs because theunborn puppies couldn’t be observed. The availability of the ultrasound machine shed new light onwhat happens in the womb as early as the fourth week of gestation.Scientist theorize that since puppies’ are responsive to touch at birth, their conditioning to touchbegins before they’re born, possibly by nudges from the pregnant mother. Studies show that theoffspring of pregnant animals are calmer and easier socialized when the mother is regularly petted.In roughly the first 14 days of a puppy’s life it may be able to learn some associations, such asrecognizing a human caregiver, but it is still so mentally undeveloped that anything he learns isn’tlikely to carry over to progressive stages of development.During the three to 12-week period the puppy begins to pick up on social behaviors. Playful wrestling,curiosity and even mimicking sexual behavior is an important part of teaching the puppy its place inthe family. It’s also important that the puppy has plenty of time with its mother and littermates,where the mother will teach it to play well with others. Puppies can learn tricks and basic commands,such as sit and stay as early as eight weeks of age. At this point, it’s only limited by its still-developingcoordination, concentration and physical stamina.Obedience classes are a good place for pet owners to learn how to communicate with their animals.Some trainers offer socialization classes as soon as the puppy is established in its permanent home, butobedience classes typically want the animal to have at least started getting its initial vaccinations first,usually around three to six months of age. The longer training is put off, the more difficult it will be forboth dog and handler, especially if the dog has already begun to pick up bad habits. It’s easier to instillgood behavior than to try to deprogram bad behavior.The emotional maturity and stability of the dog is equally important as the age factor in deciding whento start the training process. Often the handler focuses too heavily on making sure the dog understandsthe commands being issued and doesn’t pay enough attention to the information the dog is sending.This is counterproductive, because an animal that is stress, scared, confused or distracted will notlearn efficiently.
  • 19. Chapter 14: Puppy Love Secrets To Professional Dog TrainingYoure proud of the new member of your family, that furry four-legged creature that is full ofunconditional love and that will be with you for years to come. All too often, though, a new puppy ordog can wreak havoc on your home, yard, and neighborly relationships. For the sake of a happy homelife and a contented puppy, dog training is a necessity. The right approach, combined with professionaldog obedience training, will ensure that your newest family member will fit right in. Here are foursecrets that the pros use for success.1. Whos the Top Dog?By nature, dogs travel in packs, with the alpha dog as the leader of the pack. There can only be onealpha dog per pack; otherwise, chaos would ensue and the safety of the pack would be in peril. Yourdog needs to understand that you are the alpha dog of the pack. You communicate that to your dog byexerting your leadership, such as taking him for a walk when you come home from work or bysuccessfully completing a dog obedience training course together. You also exert your alpha dog statusby controlling your dogs food. When he knows that you feed him twice a day, it reinforces yourposition as top dog.2. Consistency is KeyVirtually every dog trainer will tell you that humans are generally at fault when dogs dont successfullylearn commands. Thats because dogs see the world in black and white, whereas humans see the worldin shades of gray. For humans, "Come" and "Cmon" mean the same thing; a dog, on the other hand,may understand "Come" but is clueless as to what his owner wants when he says, "Cmon." Wheneveryou want to modify your dogs behavior or teach it a command, use a consistent vocabulary and tone.3. Mutual Respect Leads to ObedienceA happy and healthy human-canine relationship is based on mutual respect. Your dog respects yourposition as the alpha of the pack and you respect his needs. Contrary to what you may read, respectand obedience do not grow out of a package of doggie treats, nor do they grow out of fear. Excessiverewards and excessive sternness will lead to erratic behavior, while appropriate praise and correctionwill lead to respect.4. Timing is EverythingTiming comes into play in various aspects of dog training. The adage, "You cant teach an old dog newtricks," isnt entirely correct, but it is much easier to train a puppy than it is an older dog. Some peoplemake the mistake of engaging their dogs in long, drawn-out training sessions. Like young children, theattention spans of dogs are relatively short, and fun 15-minute lessons are more likely to bring resultsthan hour-long drills. Timing is also key when establishing your alpha role. For example, the alpha dogeats first, so you should feed your dog after youve finished with your meal.Dog training is a necessity, but it doesnt have to be a chore. Regardless of the location of your dogtraining - Chicago, San Francisco, or Miami - you should find a dog trainer that both you and your dogenjoy, and work with her or him to make your new family member feel right at home.
  • 20. Chapter 15: Puppy Owners Turn To Interactive Training VideosFive million puppies are born each year in need of love, patience and round-the-clock training. Andtheir owners know all too well that training issues can arise at any time. Now puppy owners will findexpert training guidance they need right at their fingertips.Those with access to podcasting devices can download a series of free puppy care and training videosfor immediate help. The videos are approximately two minutes in length and cover such topics as cratetraining, house training, biting and chewing, barking and simple commands such as "sit," "off," "stay"and "heel."Puppy owners can download select videos on iTunes; this interactive Web-based guide provides acomprehensive selection of articles and videos on puppy training, nutrition and health.Owners who have access to this virtual training library can reap the benefits of a well-behaved, well-socialized dog. The videos offer many other advantages:* Take me with you: According to the Association of Pet Products Manufacturers, 40 million pets willtravel with their owners in 2006. This has its unique challenges, especially when the pet in question isa puppy being trained. But theres no need to stay tethered to home base when training guidance is atyour fingertips.* Owner see, puppy do: Reading about training techniques and seeing them in action are two differentexperiences. With video training, owners view step-by-step training instructions, which make themethods as clear and useful as possible.* Whenever, wherever: A busy life is a fact of life for most Americans, which can make it a challengefor puppy owners to follow a consistent, time-consuming training routine and stay educated about theirpuppies needs. Having access to a virtual puppy care library gives owners an opportunity to reviewproper training techniques and other pertinent information about their puppies when its convenient forthem.
  • 21. Chapter 16: Puppy Training What Type Of Collar Should Your Puppy HaveWhether the concern is to train your dog or impart an identity to it, dog collars and leashes play acrucial role. Dog collars come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles, and are much of a fashionstatement nowadays. A dog collar could be a lifesaver for your puppy if, God forbid, it disappears fromyour residence.With such a wide variety of dog collars available, choosing the right one for your puppy can be quiteintimidating. The collar should be selected based on your preferences and your puppy’s habits. For afairly obedient puppy, a soft fabric collar is quite appropriate. However, an obstinate puppy has to becontrolled by a quick yank of a pronged collar. A dog trainer may assist you in making the correctchoice of a dog collar for your faithful canine companion.The buckle variety is the most common type of dog collar. A wide variety of fabric may be used tomanufacture a buckle collar, bearing different colors and designs. Your puppy’s name may beembroidered onto the collar for identification purposes. Buckle collar consists of a series of spacedholes, and the buckle is fastened to attain the required size.Buckle collar is the most basic type, which can be enhanced to ensure added safety for the puppy. Forinstance, breakaway collars are designed to pull apart under extreme stress. Some collar types areequipped with release tabs that ensure a hasty removal of the collar, relative to the conventionalbuckle type. Such variations may help prevent your puppy from choking in unforeseen circumstances.Another collar type is a prong collar, which is quite beneficial if your puppy is rather rigid and typicallypulls hard while on lead. A prong collar has perpendicular metal prongs that are evenly spaced aroundthe inside of the collar. Upon pulling the attached leash, the prongs prod your puppys neck, therebyinhibiting its unruly behavior. The phrase "prong collar" does sound as something harmful for yourcanine. However, when used appropriately, prong collars never cause any injury to the puppy, and aremuch safer than even other types of dog collars.
  • 22. Chapter 17: What You Should Know About Crate Training - One Of The Most Effective Ways Of HouseTraining Any Puppy Or DogCrate training is one of the most effective ways of house training any puppy or dog. Crate training isvery efficient, and very effective, since it uses the natural instinct of the dog to achieve the desiredresult of a clean house and a well trained dog.The key to successful crate training for a puppy or an older dog, as with other forms of dog training, isto establish a good routine. This routine will enhance the ability of the dog to do its business in theright place, and avoid eliminating in the wrong place. It is important to shower the dog with praiseeach and every time it eliminates in the established toilet area, and not to express frustration or angerwhen the dog makes a mistake.It is important to confine the dog or puppy to a small part of the house, generally one puppy proofedroom, when you are not at home. The room should contain a soft bed, fresh water and some favoritetoys to prevent the dog from becoming bored and frustrated.Crate training is different from confining the dog to one room, however. With crate training, thepuppy or dog is confined to a crate when unsupervised. The idea is that the dog will think of this crateas its home, and not want to soil is home.When crate training, it is important to remove the dog from the crate as soon as possible afterreturning home, and to take the dog promptly to the previously established toilet area. When the dogdoes its business in this toilet area, be sure to provide lots of praise and treats. It is important that thedog learn to associate proper toilet procedures with good things like treats and toys.It is important to never leave the dog in its crate for long periods of time, as this will confuse the dogand force it to soil its sleeping area. The crate is simply a tool, and it should not be abused by leavingthe dog in it for extended periods of time. If the dog is left in the crate for too long, it could set backthe training program by weeks if not months.The dog should only be confined to the crate when you are at home. Except for nighttime, the dogshould be given the opportunity to relieve itself every 45 minutes or so. Each time the dog is takenout, it should be put on a leash and immediately taken outside. Once outside the house, the dogshould be given three to five minutes to do its business. If the dog does not eliminate in this timeperiod, it should be immediately returned to the create.If the dog does its business during the set time period, it should be rewarded with praise, food, play,affection and either an extended walk or a period of play inside or outside the home.During the crate training period, it is important to keep a daily diary of when the dog does its businesseach day. If the dog is on a regular feeding schedule, the toilet schedule should be consistent as well.Having a good idea of when the dog needs to eliminate each day will be a big help during the housetraining process. After the dog has used his established toilet area, you will be able to give the dogfree run of the house to play and enjoy himself.It is very important to not punish the puppy or dog when it makes a mistake or has an accident duringthe crate training process. If there has been an accident, simply clean it up. Accidents during housetraining mean that you have provided the dog with unsupervised access to the house too quickly.The dog should not be allowed unsupervised access to the home until you can trust her bowel andbladder habits. If mistakes do occur, it is best to go back to crate training. Taking a couple of stepsback will help move the house training process along, while moving too quickly could set things back.
  • 23. Chapter 18: Puppy Training TipsWith more and more people buying dogs the need for good training is become a necessity. There aretons of people out there who are buying dogs because they are cute and lovable. And yes, that is agreat reason to buy a puppy, but if you are going to purchase a dog, you must be ready to take care ofit the right way. Below is a list of do’s and don’ts for you new puppy. These training rules can be usedas a basic outline for ensuring that your puppy will be well behaved for its entire life.1. Be sure to train your puppy to be comfortable staying in a crate for an extended period of time. Thisis often overlooked because most people want to play with their new puppy 24 hours a day, seven daysa week. You can work up to a longer period of time by first start with small durations. For example,keep your puppy in its crate for 15 minutes every night. Do not pay any attention to it. After the 15minutes take the puppy out and reward it for its good behavior. Every night you can extend theduration of time, and soon enough your new puppy will be comfortable in its crate.2. Teach your puppy early and often that it is not acceptable to jump up on guests when they enteryour house, or while they are trying to eat. This is not only a bad habit for the dog, but it is also verydisrespectful to your guests. The first couple of times that your new puppy does this be sure to correctit in a positive manner. The most important thing to remember is to not let the puppy ever get awaywith this. If it happens once, it can happen again. And after a habit is established it will be muchtougher to break.3. Absolutely no chasing or running after other animals, or other people. A lot of puppies get into thehabit of chasing after anything that will run from it. This goes for animals that it may see in the yard,or the mailman who visits your house everyday. After breaking this habit you will be glad that you did;just ask your mailman!4. Train your dog to quit barking when told. This can be one of the tougher habits to break, especiallyif you get a dog who loves to bark. The most important thing to remember is to stay persistent withthis one. If your dog is barking when it should not be, correct it every time. Do not give up on yourpersistence, and you will have success in the end.5. A new puppy should never be allowed to be protective of its toys, food, or bed. Try to break yournew puppy of this habit as soon as possible. You will be able to tell if this is a problem by a simple test.When your dog gets done playing with a toy attempt to pick it up and take it away. If the puppy snapsat you are growls, then you have this problem. Be sure to remedy it as soon as possible. If you let it gotoo long this can turn into a serious problem at a later date.6. Make sure that your new puppy can be left alone without supervision. Also make sure that when leftalone, your puppy is not destructive. Again, like the crate exercise discussed above, leave your puppyat home alone for a few minutes at a time. Eventually you will be built up to the point where you canleave your new puppy at home for hours on end without ever having to worry about coming home to ahuge mess!7. Make sure that your puppy is comfortable in places other than its home. Making your puppy feelcomfortable outside of its comfort zone will surely make your life easier as the years pass. This is veryimportant because your new puppy will eventually have to spend time at the veterinarian, a kennel,groomer, or at another person’s house. If you miss out on training your dog for this, you will be helddown by it for the rest of your life. If you can never leave your dogs side, you will surely feel theeffects anytime it needs a haircut, a vaccine, or if you ever decide to take a vacation. Do not miss outon this training step!Overall, these seven training rules will surely make your relationship with your new puppy a positiveexperience.
  • 24. Chapter 19: Puppy House Training Do S And Don TsHouse training a puppy is important for the well being of your puppy and for your own sanity. The lackof house training is the number one reason that dogs wind up neglected, abandoned, or in animalshelters, but its the failure of the owner - not the puppy.Its very important for you to house break your puppy properly. Proper toilet habits need to beestablished when your puppy is young, since these habits can last a lifetime, and are very hard to breakonce theyre established. In most cases, true house training cant begin until your puppy is six monthsold because puppies younger than that probably lack the bowel and bladder control needed for truehouse training.The entire floor of the room should be covered with newspaper or some other absorbent material, andthe paper should be changed every time it is soiled. Over time, you will notice that your puppy has apreferred spot for using the toilet. Gradually begin reducing the amount of paper you put down -narrowing in on that preferred area.This preferred toilet area will form the basis of later house training and once your puppy is old enoughyoull begin to train him to exercise bladder and bowel control. You will establish a new toilet area(outside) and begin to train him to control himself until taken outside to the toilet area.The Do’s of House Training Your Puppy* When youre not at home or cant supervise your puppy, you must be sure the puppy cant make amistake. Confine your puppy to a small area that has been thoroughly puppy proofed. Make sure yourpuppy has unrestricted access to the established toilet area* When youre home, physically take the puppy to the toilet area every 45 minutes. Extend the timebetween potty trips gradually, as your puppy exhibits an ability to control his urges.* Always provide a toilet area that doesnt resemble normal floor coverings in your home. Training yourpuppy to go on concrete, blacktop, grass or dirt is a good idea.* Reward your puppy every time he eliminates in the established toilet area. You want him to associaterelieving himself in the established areas with good things, like treats, toys and praise. A little playtime makes a good reward, and will reinforce the early bonding between you and your puppy.* Keep a set schedule when feeding your puppy, so that your puppys need to relieve himself becomesconsistent. Provide constant access to fresh, clean drinking water.* Keeping your puppy in a crate can help your puppy develop self control. Dogs dont like to soil theirimmediate living area, and will naturally try to control their need to go.* Its important to be patient when house training your puppy. The process of house training could takeseveral months, but its much easier to house train right the first time than to retrain a problem dog.The Don’ts of House Training Your Puppy* Dont give your puppy the run of the house until he has been thoroughly house trained.* but... Dont totally isolate your puppy while house training, either. Your puppy needs attention andinteraction from you.* Never reprimand or punish your puppy for mistakes. That only leads to fear and confusion in yourpuppy and will make the process take longer.
  • 25. * Dont leave food out all night as your puppy wont keep to a set feeding schedule on its own, and willeat throughout the night. Random feeding leads to random toilet habits.House training isnt always the easiest thing to do, and some dogs are much harder to house train thanothers. Its important to be patient, consistent and loving as you train your dog. A rushed, frightened orintimidated dog will be confused and wont be able to learn the his house training lessons. Once youvegained your puppy’s love and respect, youll find that house training your puppy is actually easier thanyou expected.
  • 26. Chapter 20: The Do S And The Don Ts Of House Training Your PuppyHouse training a puppy is very important for the well being of both the puppy and the owner. Thenumber one reason that dogs are surrender to animal shelters is problems with inappropriateelimination, so it is easy to see why proper house training is such an important consideration.It is important to establish proper toilet habits when the puppy is young, since these habits can last alifetime, and be very hard to break once they are established. It is very important for the owner tohouse break the puppy properly. In most cases, true house training cannot begin until the puppy is sixmonths old. Puppies younger than this generally lack the bowel and bladder control that is needed fortrue house training.Puppies younger than six months should be confined to a small, puppy proofed room when the ownercannot supervise them. The entire floor of the room should be covered with newspapers or similarabsorbent materials, and the paper changed every time it is soiled. As the puppy gets older, theamount of paper used can be reduced as the puppy begins to establish a preferred toilet area. It is thispreferred toilet area that will form the basis of later house training.The Do’s of House Training Your Puppy:• Always provide the puppy with constant, unrestricted access to the established toilet area.• When you are at home, take the puppy to the toilet area every 45 minutes.• When you are not at home or cannot supervise the puppy, you must be sure the puppycannot make a mistake. This means confining the puppy to a small area that has been thoroughlypuppy proofed. Puppy proofing a room is very similar to baby proofing a room, since puppies chew oneverything.• Always provide a toilet area that does not resemble anything in your home. Training thepuppy to eliminate on concrete, blacktop, grass or dirt is a good idea. The puppy should never beencouraged to eliminate on anything that resembles the hardwood flooring, tile or carpet he mayencounter in a home.• Praise and reward your puppy every time he eliminates in the established toilet area. Thepuppy must learn to associate toileting in the established areas with good things, like treats, toys andpraise from his owner.• Always keep a set schedule when feeding your puppy, and provide constant access to fresh,clean drinking water. A consistent feeding schedule equals a consistent toilet schedule.• Using a crate can be a big help in helping a puppy develop self control. The concept behindcrate training is that the puppy will not want to toilet in his bed area.• And finally, it is important to be patient when house training a puppy. House training cantake as long as several months, but it is much easier to house train right the first time than to retrain aproblem dog.The Don’ts of House Training Your Puppy• Never reprimand or punish the puppy for mistakes. Punishing the puppy will only cause fearand confusion.• Do not leave food out for the puppy all night long. Keep to a set feeding schedule in orderto make the dog’s toilet schedule as consistent as possible.
  • 27. • Do not give the puppy the run of the house until he has been thoroughly house trained.House training is not always the easiest thing to do, and some dogs tend to be much easier to housetrain than others. It is important, however to be patient, consistent and loving as you train your dog.A rushed, frightened or intimidated dog will not be able to learn the important lessons of housetraining. Once you have gained your puppy’s love and respect, however, you will find that housetraining your puppy is easier than you ever expected.
  • 28. Chapter 21: Training A New Puppy Diet Could Make A DifferenceHaving trouble teaching Fido to sit and stay when you want him to? New research shows nutrition couldaffect your dogs ability to learn.A study released at the 2004 meeting of the American Veterinary Medical Association showsdocosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an essential brain-building nutrient for human babies, is good for puppies,too.The new research, conducted by The Iams Co., looked at the role DHA plays in brain development forpuppies. It found puppies nourished with high levels of DHA - both before and after weaning - weresmarter, more trainable than puppies fed low amounts of DHA.These findings correlate with those on human nutrition. In 2001, the Food and Drug Administrationacknowledged the benefits of DHA when it approved the fortification of human infant formula withDHA to ensure formula-fed infants received the cognitive benefits of this nutrient."The role of DHA for puppies is similar to that for human infants - it is a major structural component ofthe brain," said Dr. Dan Carey, a veterinarian with Iams. "This research shows why feeding a diet highin DHA is so important. Good nutrition, combined with training and loving care, primes puppies forhealthy lives."In the Iams study, 39 puppies were evaluated for the effects of dietary DHA on learning. Puppies werefed a complete and balanced diet that varied only in DHA levels, as were the puppies mothers prior todelivery. After they turned 9 weeks old, each puppy was tested in a shape-recognition food-rewardtest, which included a maze course with symbols associated with the location of a food treat.Following 30 days of testing, the success rate for puppies nourished with enhanced amounts of DHA wastwice that of those receiving typical amounts of DHA in their diets."Based on the results of this study, I would recommend that breeders and pet owners feed their dogsfoods enhanced with DHA," said Carmen Battaglia, founder of the "Breeding Better Dogs" program. "Ithink theyll see better results not only in their puppies as they grow and develop, but also in bettertraining due to better brain development."Eukanuba puppy foods, which have enhanced levels of DHA, are perfect for dog owners who wantsmarter, more trainable puppies. - NU
  • 29. Chapter 22: Puppy Training - Good DoggiePuppies are cute cuddly and so full of life throughout the infancy stage. It is at this time when puppytraining is vital - because believe it or not these cute cuddly little characters can cause so much havocin the home - with their outbursts of action packed antics all brought on by excitement.Fun it may be at the time but when you waken to find the remains of a chewed slipper- scratch markson the furniture and puppy poo to mark the pup`s presence then it is time for an obedience checkHow do you go about house training a puppy - simple the same as you would potty train a baby? Yesyour right it will take time and patience but all worthwhile in the end. To be honest the whole processof puppy training can be quite fulfilling as well as fun. There will be times when you may get frustratedthroughout the process but just the fact that you have accomplished what others would see asimpossible is an achievement in its self. To have an obedient dog standing at the side of its master(you) will make you proud to be the canines owner. Even evening walks are so much more enjoyablewith an obedient dog.You have to think about safety for yourself and that of your pooch if they are not trained. Dangers bythe roadside and where children are concerned - have to be a couple of vital factors why puppytraining is important.Puppies need to use the bathroom regular sometimes as much as up to 8 to 10 visits a day - thisgradually lessons to about 3 to four times at 30 weeks old. Our liittle four legged friends are cleananimals but still need nurturing with correction lessons teaching them right from wrong.If you are going to kennel/crate train the puppy then build the shelter to accommodate the size of thedog to have comfort. Section the kennel in half while the puppy is small and as he/she begins to growthen remove the partition. By not splitting the shelter in two the pup may decide to go to the back ofthe crate and leave their mark there.The kennel/crate should be big enough to permit the dog to stand easily and stretch. As long as thedog can manoeuvre around then that is all that matters.Timing is crucial when puppy training - have a doggie diary with a schedule of times and adhere tothem. Work this pattern around what is best suited for you and your dog For example: 10 to 10:30 am. lead the puppy from the enclosure outside and always keep to the samespot every day. The puppy will get used to this allotted space and in time will make his or her own waythere. Remember puppies are like babies they need feeding. Times for this is best after the firstmorning release - approx about 30 minutes. A little later let the puppy out for a friendly romp in thegarden for a play without commands. Leading the puppy from the kennel is an action you have to repeat over and over again at thescheduled times you have logged in your doggie diary. Before retiring to blanket street take the puppy outside again and let them have a little time toinvestigate and nosey around - in other words sniffing every nook and cranny.If you are serious with this practice then the puppy`s needs have to be checked again around 3 am inthe morning. It is a good idea to have a catchphrase for the pup to relate to. Words like (want to poopoo) will do the trick.When your puppy is at your side and obeying your commands it is then you will know why that famoussaying came about - GOOD DOGGIE.