Congratulations on your new puppy. (Your newest
your puppy starts as soon as
puppy comes home.
basics start during the first week the
puppy is home is critical.
You need certain physical items for you puppy
right away, such as a dog bed or crate, (see crate
training) food and water bowls, puppy chow,
collar, leash, toys, etc.
Also important, is all family members must
decide and agree upon daily routine, such as responsibility and rules.
This is very important. So be prepared for
the many training opportunities that will arise..
Remember the first few days are extremely
important for training your puppy.
Excitement and emotions are up. Everyone
wants to feed the puppy, play with puppy and hold the puppy. Pre-established rules can
be easily broken.
Everyone will agreed that
puppy will sleep in his/her crate but as soon as puppy's home, someone melts and insists that
puppy will sleep in their bed.
What happens next. Everyone previously agreed not
to let puppy jump up on them, but in the excitement, no one even notices that puppy is jumping up.
No one sleeps the first night. Because puppy
wins and gets to sleep in someone's bed. The next morning we find puppy has urinated and
messed all over the bed.
So now the following night puppy is banned to her
crate. The pup now wimpers and yelps all night. No one will sleep tonight
Oh no! now your enthusiasm is down. No one
wants to get up at the time we agreed upon for that early morning feeding.
Now, how will we go about house training puppy? How are we going
to get some sleep with her constant whining and barking?
Here's Some Do's and
Don'ts When Starting Out
Begin puppy training as soon as you
bring your new puppy home - don't wait for bad habits to set in!
Always put your puppy in a crate or small confined area when you
can't be watching him/her.
Set up a small room to be his very own special place for the next
couple of months. Paper the entire floor and put his food/water bowls and bed in one corner.
Scatter his toys everywhere.
Remember make the crate a "happy place" Toys, blankets and treats
Take puppy out every two hours for potty breaks - and ALWAYS after
eating, sleeping and excited play.
Always give lots of praise for toileting on cue and in the right
Puppy proof your house - keep tempting and dangerous items out of
reach and out of sight.
Always correct bad behaviour at the moment it's
Use a guttural or growl tone and a loud clap of the hands to
Always praise puppy as soon as he/she stops.
Remember to end every training session on a positive note - make
it lots of FUN!
Puppies need lots of sleep. When puppy is sleeping leave him
When playing with your puppy do so quietly and gently.
NEVER..Use hands for punishment - hitting, grabbing, dragging and forcing the puppy down
creates fearful submission or aggressive retaliation.
Never- Assume that he'll "grow out" of bad behaviour - it's your job to teach him
right from wrong.
Never- Encourage behaviour in a puppy that you don't want to see in an adult dog -
eg. biting hands, jumping up.
Never- Use your dog's name in a hostile tone - his name should be a
Never- Reprimand after the fact - if you see evidence, but have
missed the bad behaviour - it's too late!
Never- Give your puppy free run of the house - until he knows the rules he will do
whatever suits him.
Never- Let your puppy off leash unless the environment is entirely safe and
Never- Leave children in charge of a puppy - adult supervision is
Never- Rub puppy's nose in his pee or poop - it's very traumatizing to the pup and
makes NO sense at all.
Never- Give in to your puppy's demands - if puppy wins, puppy rules!