Many people think that by scolding their puppy, they are preventing them from peeing or pooping in the house. This is a misconception. Going back to the fact that dogs do what comes to them naturally with the basics of communication, your puppy will understand how to communicate with you when he wants to go to the bathroom. If you take that into account, you should be able to understand your puppies actions better and help him become potty trained using the following best puppy training tips.
You should start establishing a regular feeding schedule for your puppy such as when and how often he is feed and when he has to go outside to potty.
Watch out for your puppy if he exhibits signs of wanting to go to the bathroom. Does he start to pace around the room? Does he seem to be sniffing the floor? Does he begin to foam at his mouth? Is he making wheezing sounds? You are looking for signs that he is trying to let you know that it is time to potty.
Once you catch your puppy in the act, you will want to quickly put him in the bathroom and reward him with praise and a treat when he finishes potty in the right place.
Apart for the above potty training tips, it is also important to keep in mind the following pointers during your puppy training program:
Environment – start your puppy out in the best possible situation. Be sure you have the most positive experiences possible. The indoors and outdoors will provide excellent encounters. Introduce your puppy to as many new things, entertainments, noises, and smells as possible.
Behavioral Developments – Teaching your puppy to be a well-behaved member of your household requires both effort and patience. While it is certainly not going to be an easy task, the process of teaching your dog to have acceptable manners is a lot less frustrating than many owners make it out to be.
While you are in the puppy’s world, watch for his signs of potty, whining and housetraining behaviors, how he interacts with your children, bringing a rag, bumps, licks, and etc. Behavioral Developments will help determine what your puppy will be like as an adult. You’ll want to establish good habits now, so that when he grows up, he will continue to follow your expected behavior.
Health Issues – Hips, teeth, body language, and emotional development play a vital role in a healthy puppy. If you see your puppy not behaving well, it is vital to review the reasons why so as to try to correct the issue.
Food and Water – your puppy needs to eat three to four times a day. At about 12 weeks, he should be eating one meal per day. Different breed of dog growth spurts at different times, so adjust your puppy’s feeding schedule to fit the growth spurts.
Basic Commands – Teaching the puppy to sit, down, stay, come, and heel are essential for communicating with your puppy. It is imperative that the puppy has a “place” to go when they need a break. It should be a secluded area away from sleep.
Socialization – speaking of interaction!! Puppies need to be socialized at an early age so that they become more acceptable of themselves in a world of strangers and other dogs. Puppy that has been well socialized will respond in a very different way to unfamiliar people and animals than those that never had a chance to be socialized.
If you want to have a well socialized well mannered dog, you should get him involved in things. Bringing him to the beach when you go to the beach, walking in the neighborhood under your supervision, etc. are all things that will help you develop a well rounded dog.
The bottom line is that proper socialization of your puppy or dog will prevent many issues in the future. Proper socialization should begin before your puppy is four months old. If your puppy is more than four months, you should consult a veterinarian because he can begin showing you signs of problems with the socialization process.
If your puppy is particularly in need of a specific type of training, keeping a journal of what you would like to accomplish with the training and use this journal as a reminder. Keep in mind that a puppy’s attention span is quite short, thus your house training sessions will be more successful if you keep it short and fun for your puppy.
Keep your training sessions down to only five minutes each. Puppies, like children, have short attention spans. You will not get much out of a 10 minute session. Puppies also learn by association and if you make it enjoyable for your pup, you will easily get his attention.
As far as rewards go, that would depend on what your dog likes. Ice cream is a universal favorite. Be careful with random food treats though. You don’t want your dog to be perpetually on guard for a goody. You want your dog to be a happy and well-adjusted dog. Rewards should be infrequent, but when they are there, they should be for really special occasions – when he does something right!