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do you have any tips on puppy traing like teaching them to sit, stay, and potting training.
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I don’t believe in “puppy pads”. I think that you will never get a dog to go outside if they become adjusted to using them…. and if you don’t put the pads down, the dog will use your rugs!! Put them on a leash and take them out every 2-4 hours.
use treats and patients. teaching them to sit is easy. tell him/her the command, “sit”, then physically make the dog sit and reward it for sitting. eventually it will catch on. you can reward with treats or by praising the puppy. potty training is the same way. if your dog is sniffing around, it’s probably going to go to the bathroom. so take it outside to where you want it to go and praise like crazy when it does it in the right spot. conversly, scolding the dog when it goes in the house
As far as teaching “sit”, try this: take the treat in your hand and go above the pup’s head while moving the treat towards his tail. This will put the pup into an automatic sit. He will catch on fast if you do this. As for house breaking, do not let the pup on your carpet. They do not know the difference between rugs and grass and when they feel the rug, they will potty. Only allow the dog on the rugs when you KNOW he has gone very recently to the bathroom. Take him out every 2 hours or after a nap, play or immediately after eating. My pup is 11 months. the first three months are the hardest.
Be patient.. no dog will learn without mistakes. Sit is easy: If the puppy is standing, get his attention and gently press down on his rear end to make his butt go down to the floor. When he is sitting, praise him like crazy! if you want, you can give him a small healthy treat, but beware that some dogs will learn to do tricks only for food. Praise is better but requires more patience. Do this over and over again.. a little every day, and if he begins to sit on his own (even if it was an unintentional sit), praise him more and he’ll soon get the idea of sit.
Stay is one of the most difficult tricks to teach a dog, because they always want to be with the owner. First make them sit, once they are sitting, say “stay”, you can even do a hand gesture and put the palm of your hand in front of his nose and then walk a few steps away. Your dog will most likely follow you, so be patient. Take the dog back to the original place where he was sitting and make him sit, say “stay” and walk away again, but not too far. Do this over and over again until he does stay and praise praise praise! next time walk a little farther away.. and try again.
Getting your dog to go outside will require even more patience, because accidents will happen. develop a schedule with your puppy where every day you take him out at the same times. Try taking your pup outside right after you feed him. when he does go, praise him to let him know thats a good thing. if he does have an accident inside, dont punish him badly, just point at it and say ‘outside’ and walk him outside to where he should go.
SIT, COME, DOWN, STAY, HEEL.
Holding a treat in your left hand just above the pup’s nose, gently rest your right hand on pup’s rump.
Slowly move the treat in an upward motion while applying gentle pressure to the rump. ( you dont want to push hard because if you do the dog will sit every time someone touches him and this is not good for competitive obedience)
as soon as pup sits say in a very happy excited tone “GOOD SIT” and give the treat.
Repeat excersize 7x. then take a play break and move on to something elce.
very young pups should not train for more than a half hour each day
every time you put food bowl down or give a treat give the sit command, and wait for the sit. then once pup sits give treat or food down.
DO NOT move on to something new until pup has the new command down pat.
walk away from pup about 10 feet to start. say pup’s name and “COME” in a happy voice. once pup comes praise it lavishly have a bit of a play and give it a treat.
Gradually increase the distance you walk away. and eventually once pup knows command only treat every 3rd come. tappering off until he comes every time with out treat using only praise.
this will take a few days to learn if you practice every day.
Start with pup in sit. move hand with the treat between the pup’s front paws on the ground.
Say “DOWN” in firm but not loud voice.
pup might try and get treat without going down, dont let him have it until he downs.
praise in happy voice “GOOD DOWN”
Start pup in down possition. say “STAY” in firm voice. walk to end of leash, backwards. if the pup moves say once only “AP” in a not pleased tone. go back do not say anything. put pup in down again repeat “STAY” walk backwards to end of leash.
pup does NOT get praise or treat untill he stays for 30 seconds, then a minute, then 5 minutes. move times up each week.
after he can do a 5 minute down/stay every time. move on to a sit/stay doing exactly what you did for down/stay.
Once on leash sit and down/stays are reliable for 5 minutes each. drop the leash and walk away from your pup, your back to the pup. about 10 feet away. wait 5 min. recall your dog. with dog sitting in front of you once he reaches you. treat and praise.
Please do NOT train with a choke collar. i recomend martin gayles.
with dog on a short leash exactly beside you on your left side say “HEEL” if the dog starts to pull give a correction snap with leash on collar. and recomand “HEEL” the second your dog complies peaise with “GOOD HEEL” in happy voice. and continue to walk , correct, and praise for 30 minutes.
Allways end training sessions on a positive note. Never get angery with your pup for not responding to a command. Praise lavishly every time pup responds to a command.
NEVER hit your dog. NO reason is an acceptable reason for physicaly abusing your pup.
A puppy is like a baby. He will relieve himself anywhere, anytime. Because a newly adopted adult dog is unfamiliar with your home, he may not understand where he should “go”! Housetraining, or teaching your dog to go outside to relieve himself, is an important lesson your dog must learn.
It is up to you, the new parent, to housetrain your new puppy or dog with patience, love and understanding.
In the wild, wolves live in a den or cave. It is important the entire wolf pack keep this area clean. The same idea works with your family pet. Your dog’s crate is his home, his bedroom. It is likely that your dog will not like to soil his bed. Therefore, he will wait until he is let out to do his business.
HOUSETRAINING WITH YOUR CRATE
On average, puppies can hold their bladders one hour for every month they have been alive, plus one hour. For example, if you have a three month old puppy, he can wait 3 + 1 = 4 hours. If you work longer than this, the best solution is to have someone (a neighbour, a relative, a dog walker) come in at an appropriate time to let your dog out.
100 PER CENT SUPERVISION
Supervision is the key to housetraining! While you are at home, your dog must be supervised. Whether you are watching television, making dinner, on the phone or on the computer, your puppy must be watched. While it sounds like an impossible task, it isn’t. Keeping the crate in a social part of the house makes it easier. Using a house lead – a small, thin lead with a little clip on it – also helps immensely. Outside, you put a lead on your dog so you can control him. If the lead is removed after returning home, control is lost. For example, when watching television, have the lead tied to a couch leg. Your dog can have his blanket and toys with him. He’ll feel safe and comfortable. The majority of accidents happen when your pup wanders off and you haven’t noticed. You don’t want him to sneak off into the kitchen and find a puddle a short time later. If your pup is kept from wandering, the possibility of an accident is diminished because he will not eliminate where he is sitting. 100 per cent supervision means ensuring your dog is playing with you, in his crate, outside or on his house lead.
In the morning, take your dog outside. He should urinate and possibly have a bowel movement. Spend about five to seven minutes with him and then bring him in. Do not play with him yet. Feed him breakfast, either in the crate or with the lead, and supervise it. If your pup did not have a bowel movement earlier, take him back outside about 15 minutes after he has eaten. Use the lead to keep your pup moving along while outside. Otherwise, he may start sniffing, stopping and playing to avoid the job at hand. You can say “hurry up” and your dog will begin to associate these words with the task at hand. Praise him excessively when he has eliminated. Bring him back in the house and place him in his crate if you are going to work. Continue to supervise him with the crate or the lead if you are home. When returning after being out, go directly to the crate, let him out, praise him and put him back in. Feed him his meal, take him outside 15 minutes after he has eaten, praise him after he eliminates, and bring him back in. Continue to follow the same steps consistently.
While you are home, you should take your pup outside on a regular basis. Even if your pup is in a crate or on a house lead, he still needs the opportunity to eliminate. Also, be careful what you wish for! A pup who barks to go outside may be cute and clever now. However, you must try not to fall into the habit of leaping up every time your dog wants in or out. It is a very submissive gesture on your part. Have your pup wait a moment or two.
Setting up a schedule is also a good idea. If your pup is under four months of age, take him out for five minutes every hour on the hour. If your pup is over four months old, take him out every second hour on the hour. The schedule will help you remember when to take him out. Go out for five minutes only. It provides the opportunity to eliminate even if your pup may not need to go. Take your dog out after active play and also after napping. If an accident occurs, you may have forgotten to take him out .
Having a puppy drink a lot of water and then placing him in his crate is much more unkind than letting him be a bit thirsty for an hour or two. Adult dogs should have access to drinking water at all times. However, this is not the case for untrained pups. Most parents will not allow their children to drink a big glass of water before going to bed. Avoid setting your pup up for failure. Restrict his water intake to three or four drinks daily and make sure you remove the water dish about three hours before bedtime. This will help your dog sleep more comfortably.
If it is a hot evening, supply your pup with a few ice cubes. They will enter your dog’s system at a slower pace. When feeding your pup, provide a high-quality food that is a good source of protein. The food must be concentrated so your puppy’s body doesn’t require much of it. If you feed less, your puppy eliminates less. Food is directly related to how well puppies do in their housetraining.
It is important that your pup gets a lot of exercise, especially while crate training. You can play fetch, chase or hide and seek in your home. You can call ‘come’ at the same time to provide further training. Anyway you do it, your pup needs to be able to run and play.
I’d suggest reading some really good books on training, preferably BEFORE you get the dog. Try not to do it randomly – there are a lot of bad books out there also! These are some of my favorites:
Don’t Shoot the Dog – Pryor
Training Your Dog: The Step by Step Method – Volhard
What All Good Dogs Should Know – Volhard
Good Owners, Great Dogs – Brian Kilcommins
Dog Problems – Benjamin
Cesar’s Way – Cesar Millan
Also, watch the Dog Whisperer on the National Geographic Channel. Cesar Millan is the best trainer I’ve ever seen on tv.
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