A dog's training programme must start as early as possible because at a young age they have an excellent capacity for learning.
Puppies need guidance in the form of puppy obedience training to learn good manners and develop a pleasant, obedient nature, Crate training, house training and lead training puppies are primary areas in which your puppy will begin their education to become a good family member and a confident canine citizen to avoid any nervousness that could lead to destructive behaviour in the future.
Most puppies won’t be toilet trained when you bring them home for the first time. Have a calm, assertive energy when training. Be prepared for accidents to happen in the first weeks as puppies are unsure where to go to the toilet at first and are usually given too much freedom too soon. Ensure your puppy only has access to one or two rooms in the house, where the family spend most of their time.
A crate is a great tool, it provides your young dog with a sense of security when you are busy or away. Puppies are less likely to soil their sleeping area as they see this as their safe space and want to keep it clean but never leave a puppy in a crate for too long because they need regular toilet breaks.
Take them out frequently and regularly after every meal and nap, before bed and as soon as you get up in the morning so they get used to this routine. Taking them to the same place every time so they can recognise their own scent.
If you notice your puppy turning round and round, or sniffing the floor indoors, this is a sign that they need to go. In the event of an “accident”, don’t scold your puppy, but disinfect the spot to remove their smell. Don’t clear it up while they are in the room and don’t use bleach, both to avoid stimulating their interest.
Praise and treat every time they go outside. Associate a term with it such as, “Go toilet” or “Wee wees” as soon as the dog starts going.
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By Sami Beale