Monday, March 23, 2009

Using Dog Training Collars to Train More Than One Dog

Many dog trainers are used to training more than one dog at a time. If you are training dogs for a living or if you have more than one dog to train, you can use a dog training collar that will allow you to train up to three dogs at a time. This can save you a lot of time and get all of the dogs working together in harmony.

The purpose of the dog training collar is to get dogs trained as quickly as possible in the most humane way. Dogs have a short attention span and a short memory as well. You cannot yell at a dog for something that he did 10 minutes ago as he will have no idea why you are upset.

Up until a few years ago, there weren’t too many ways to communicate with dogs. Dog whistles were considered to be the most effective tool to use when training dogs, especially multiple dogs. It was confusing at first, however, for the dogs, as they were inclined to react on all the whistle calls. Gradually, they began to learn that a certain whistle call was for them. It took some time for them to actually understand this process.

Shock collars, years ago, were effective, but were considered to be inhumane. They delivered an electric pulse to the dog which could not be varied. Many dog trainers did not like using them, especially since they did not differentiate between a minor infraction and something major. However, in recent years, electronic dog collars have made tremendous strides. No longer are they referred to as “shock collars” as they deliver a wide range of stimulation that is meant to correct and not punish the dog.

Some electronic collars can train up to three dogs at a time. They work by transmission signals. You hold the transmitter in your hand and the three dogs each wear a collar that has a different signal. Many dog trainers will tie bandanas over the collars or mark them in some way so that they do not get mixed up when they are training more than one dog in this manner. The trainer can then use the transmitter to send stimulation to the dog that does something that warrants a correction right when he does it. In this way, you are correcting the dog the minute that he makes an error, so that he understands. And because the levels can be adjusted when it comes to the electronic stimulation, you are giving the dog only a bit of a nudge that he needs to stop bad behavior in his tracks.

When you are training three dogs at one time, the electronic collar is the best way to go. You should still use a whistle so that the dog associates the pitch with the instruction, but by using the electronic dog collar, you are allowing him to make the association a lot quicker.

Electronic dog collars are the most effective way to train more than one dog at a time and work to the advantage of both the dogs as well as the trainer.

Geoffrey A. English is the Founder of, the internet's premiere online magazine dedicated to bird dogs. Their site has a great variety of dog training collars, inlcuding brands such as Dogtra and SportDOG.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Do You Need Dog Training Tools When You Train Your Dog?

There is no question about it, if you own a dog you need to make sure that it behaves well with people, strangers, and with other animals. Your dog needs to obey commands to keep the dog and his surroundings save. This means you need to train your dog and the best time to start with training is during its puppy time. It is possible you do not have a clue what it takes to train a dog, in that case we advise you to go to a puppy training school where you and the puppy can learn together.

During the time you are training with your dog (and that can be its whole life) you will come across dog training tools and you will wonder if these can help you to train your dog. The most controversial of the dog training tools you will come across is the electronic dog collar.

Is an electronic dog collar necessary?

Well that question can be answered quick and clear, No it is not necessary at all, there are many ways you can train your dog and there are many tools that can assist you with the training process, but an electronic dog collar is not one of the dog training tools we can advise. We already said it these kind of collars, (there are different types and forms) are controversial to say at least. If you look them up on the internet, you will read stories of people who think these collars are the best way of training and they absolutely do not harm or hurt the dog in any way, well I suppose those people did not put the collar around their arm or neck because it does, it hurts like a sting of a wasp and we all know that can hurt like hell.

The electronic dog collar works by giving the dog a shock that makes him understand that certain behavior is not right and it has to be avoided as much as possible. The idea is not bad, but there are so much other ways to train your dog

Do you need other dog training tools?

Also a no to that question, you do not need dog training tools at all, if you gather the needed basic knowledge for dog training and you do some research about how you can best train your dog you do not need a thing. But there are some handy dog training tools available that can be fun to try and dog training needs to be fun for the dog and for you, because when you play and learn, dog training comes natural and much more easy.

When you follow the market carefully for a couple of years you will notice that there are many dog training tools introduced that seem very attractive but almost all are no substitute for basic normal dog training. There is just one of the dog training tools that stick for quite a few years now, and that is the clicker training.

Clickers are hand held devices that fit in the palm of your hand and make a click-clack sound when you push them. It is rather loud and your dog should be able to hear it even when surrounded with common background noises. when you give a command and the dog obeys you click and give a treat or other reward. and you keep repeating this until you are sure that the dog understands, when you regular repeat this type of training it can be very effective.

Eddie Gillespie just loves his dog, a black labrador, that's why he started Dog Info Point to let other people know about the fun you can have with dogs. So when you want to read about service dog training or positive dog training visit his website doginfopoint com

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An Insecure Dog -- Training Your Dog To Be More Assertive!

There are a lot of people who have pets and all these people have different problems ranging from their pet always barking at people when they pass by to being as quiet as a mouse and for any reason. The funniest and least funny of all these problems is when your dog won’t seem to want to sleep somewhere else besides your bed and oddly enough your side of the bed on top of that. There can be many solutions to all these types of problems and they will not always work for every person but this article is for the purpose of taking the time to address this quite irritating issue. Thinking about it this can be caused by many different issues such as insecurity to a dominance problem. It is your job as a dog owner to be able to tell the difference between the two. For example, if it were a dominance problem you would see other signs besides the sleeping on the bed issue. You might see aggressiveness or constant barking but as it may seem these two signs usually go hand in hand with a scared dog. Also if you were dealing with a insecurity problem than you might notice that your dog is always scared and has his tail down constantly. It might help him to sleep in your bed as security or simply because it makes him feel safer than sleeping alone. This problem is a lot more common than people think.

The best way to deal with the aggressive problem is to stop it dead in its tracks. Dog usually are aggressive because they think that they are being threatened by whatever they are barking at. This is usually caused by you the owner because the reason for this is that he thinks he is the leader in your household. He has been given enough power and leeway to feel as though you should be following him so any attempts to silence him will go on deaf ears so to speak. The best way to silence this kind of issue is to show him that you mean business and that you are the leader in this household and not him.

There are a lot of animals that in the wild before they were domesticated ran in a pack mentality. This means that in a pack mentality there is only one leader and it is usually the one who is the strongest in the pack. He relates this mentality to the home and sees that he is stronger than you. With that in mind you need to take back that leadership role and show him that you are the leader. This is the quickest way to silence your dog and to have some kind of confidence that he wont one day turn violent whether it be towards you or to someone else outside.

When we talk next time I want to address the second part of this article which will apply to dogs that suffer from insecurity issues.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

How Valuable Is Dog Agility Training For Your Dog

Having an active dog is quite stressful. Even though your dog have undergone a good obedience training, it is much better to dog in to something and train them further to make your dog really intellectual so to speak. Dog agility training, is something that you might want to try for your dog.

Dog agility training is the sport directing your dog to go through some choreographed obstacle course while getting the best time being the most accurate. Dogs who participate in dog agility training learns how to run over these obstacles even without getting treats from their trainer. They do not get stuffs as an incentive for a job well done. The signals used in a dog agility training are only limited to a few body signals and selected voice commands. This is quite a challenging sport to both the dog and the dog trainer as it requires dedication and commitment to make this training a successful one.

There are various types of obstacles that your pet would undergo in the whole course of the training. Among these includes, teeter totters, jumps and poles that they would run in between. There are also several dog agility courses used in preparation for an agility competition. The presiding judge is the one who will select the course that they will utilize on that particular day of competition. The trainers and the dogs are being watched carefully by the judges while they conquer the obstacles and they are being marked on their performance in each category. Agility competitions are made fair by grouping the dogs according to size and breed.

You will know if this kind of sport is challenging for you and your dog when both of you enjoys outdoor activities. A dog can be a good candidate for agility training when he is quite active and a little bit aggressive. Also make sure that your dog is happy with what she is doing. Before you put your dog into dog agility training, make sure that your dog has the potential of taking directions well. If not, then your dog might not do well. This kind of dog training demands a high level of discipline and the pet must be trainable for the training to be successful. Do not force your dog into something that they are not capable of, otherwise they will just rebel and may turn destructive for pushing them into something that they are not comfortable with.

Dog agility training is truly challenging and somewhat very appealing. It is a fun new sport that both you and your dog could get involved in. It is recommended that you start dog agility training as soon as your dog displays interest in following challenging commands. Other than having good benefits and fulfillment in indulging to active sports like this one, you will also have the benefit of having a close bond of friendship between you and your dog which you will definitely treasure even if the training have already ended.

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Using Dog Training Collars To Train Your Dog

If the expense of sending your dog to Dog Obedience School is preventing you from training him, here’s another option. You can train your dog yourself, as long as you obtain the right dog training tools. It doesn’t have to cost you a fortune to make sure you have a well-behaved and mannerly dog.

Although there is a variety of tools available for training a dog, the best choice is usually a dog training collar. For the do-it-yourself dog trainer, there’s really nothing better. These aren’t just the ordinary leather or stretch-mesh dog collars that don’t do much more than hold an ID tag and clip to a leash. Let’s look at two possibilities.

A training collar is definitely going to cost you more than an ordinary collar. Be prepared for that. Dog training collars are usually made from very fine materials, designed to outlast years of wear and tear. In addition, these training collars may come equipped with various unique add-ons that help you encourage your dog to cooperate with the training.

Probably the least expensive dog training collars you can find are the various Canny collars. These Scottish-designed collars are manually operated, consisting of a conventional collar with a buckle fastening for security, and a leash that attaches to a soft, strong slip line that fits over the dog’s nose. Its effective pressure-and-release system makes your dog realize pretty quickly that when he pulls ahead of you it puts pressure on the bridge of his nose, while walking sedately beside you relieves that pressure. To discourage other undesirable behaviors, you can pull back yourself and exert the pressure on the dog’s nose.

One of the good things about Canny collars is that there is virtually no risk of choking the dog, since the leash attaches from behind to the slip line around the nose. But you need to understand that this training device is really only focused on correcting your dog’s behavior when he’s being walked on a leash. It won’t do anything about other behaviors, like barking, digging, or jumping up on people.

A very successful training device is the electronic dog training collar. This provides a very low electric shock on the back of the dog’s neck when the dog does not respond correctly to a command. The shock is only about the same intensity as the static-electricity shock you get on a carpet in the winter, so there is absolutely no danger of harming the dog. It’s more of an irritation than a pain. These collars can be quite expensive, however, depending on the features. The cheapest can run at more than $100. The popularity among professional dog trainers of this type of training device attests to its quality, so you might think of it as an investment. And you can be certain it will give you a well-trained dog, with no risk to his safety.

Whatever way you decide to train your dog, either by doing it yourself or by using a dog trainer you will need training tools.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Training Your Dog To Use His Dog Carrier Comfortably

The time for travel has come. Have you packed your toothbrush, your swimsuit, your wallet? Have you taken out the kitchen trash, watered the plants today, fed the dog…wait…the dog. The dog is going with you. That means you have to put Peanut in his dog carrier. Have you prepared yourself for this task? Peanut hates to be locked up and there is no knowing how ballistic he will go in his dog carrier. He will bark, cry and probably bite any unsuspecting fingers that come his way. Is this Peanuts fault or your own?

Training your dog to behave in a dog carrier will help to avoid any last minute disasters if you have to spontaneously take him on a trip. A well-trained dog will allow you to feel more confident in his social interactions and ultimately result in a higher mutual respect. Existing problems only worsen without proper training, but it is important to know that it is never too late to begin teaching Peanut how to act appropriately in his dog carrier. It is important to remember throughout this process the more calm and in control you are the more calm and receptive Peanut will be.

If you practiced crate training for your dog at an early age, then he is much more equipped to adapt to dog carriers. Many people crate train their puppies with the motive of teaching them not to defecate or urinate in the house. The idea is to keep them in their crate for several hours at a time while they are still being potty-trained and then to allow them to go straight outside once the crate is open. That way the owner will always be available to positively reward the puppy every time he releases himself outside. A Dog carrier will remind your dog of his crate and it will take minimal training for him to become accustomed to it.

Even if you have not crate trained Peanut when he was a pup, there is still hope. The most important aspect of training your dog to be comfortable and feel secure in using a dog carrier is to always emphasize it as a positive place to go to. Never scold Peanut and send him to his dog carrier. This will make him connect negative emotions to his dog carrier and he will get nervous and confused when you later try to get him prepared for travel. Use the dog carrier in more situations then just going to the vet. This way he does not associate his dog carrier with solely that experience. There are many daily opportunities to do this. Utilizing the dog carrier to take Peanut to the dog park, beach, and nature trails are just a few of those.

Getting Peanut to enjoy his dog carrier is only half the battle in ensuring smooth traveling. Next, you need to rid him of his excessive barking and aggressive behavior toward strange noises and people. The whole airport experience is filled with mystery voices and sharp clatter. The best way to desensitize him to alarming noises is to always play with him by rewarding him for his tricks when loud noises are going on in the background. If you play with Peanut during a thunderstorm or give him treats for sitting while someone vacuums, then he will be less inclined to connect fear with loud disruptions. If new faces commonly surround him then he will be less impressed with strangers and thus less likely to react negatively. Try carrying Peanut through crowded areas in his dog carrier before letting him frolic in the park. Take him on walks in areas with a lot of social activity. Give positive reinforcement to him every time he lets a stranger pet him.

Next time you are confronted with the last minute need to put Peanut in his dog carrier you will be prepared and there will be no reason for fear of his ballistic behavior again. You will both be grateful knowing that Peanut will be capable of acting appropriately in his dog carrier anytime the situation for use should arise. Training your dog will benefit you as much as it does him. Your dog is only as well behaved as you train him to be.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Basic Dog training Of A New Puppy

Bringing home a new puppy is always an exciting time for the entire family. Getting that new puppy off the right start with proper training is very important to making that puppy a valued member of his human family. There are a number of talents that every new puppy must master, including going up and down the stairs, and how to accept a new collar as if she's worn it her entire life.

It is best to introduce a new puppy to the household when everyone in the family is present, and when the household is as calm as possible. That is why animal care experts discourage parents from giving puppies and kittens as holiday presents. The holiday season is typically much too busy, with far too many distractions, for a young puppy or kitten to get the attention it needs. It is best to wait until the holidays have passed before introducing the new family member.

Once the puppy is part of the household, there are some things he or she will need to learn. One of the first challenges of a multi-story home will be learning to climb up and down the stair. Many puppies are afraid of stairs, and that usually means that they do not know how to climb them properly. It is important for the puppy's owner to slowly build the confidence of the dog, starting off at the bottom of the stairs. In general, a wide stairway will probably be less frightening to the puppy.

To build confidence, the owner should go up the first step, then encourage the puppy to join them, using their voice, treats or a toy. After the puppy has joined you on the first stair, go back down and repeat the process until the puppy will go up that step on his own. It is important to build confidence slowly and not rush the process. Taking a one step at a time approach is the best way to teach the puppy to not be afraid of stairs.

Another thing every new puppy must learn is how to accept the collar. Learning to wear a collar is important to every dog, but many puppies are baffled, frightened and bewildered by this new piece of equipment. Many puppies constantly try to remove their new collar by pawing and pulling at it.

Fit is important when choosing a collar for your new puppy. A properly fitted collar, chosen for your puppy's size, is more likely to be comfortable and accepted. While choke collars, slip collars and training collars can be good training aids, they should never be used as a substitute for a sturdy buckle type collar. And of course that collar should have an identification tag and license attached. This identification will be vital in having your puppy returned if she becomes separated from you.

The best way to introduce the puppy to the collar is to simply put the collar on and allow her to squirm, jump, roll and paw at the color to her heart's content. It is important to not encourage this behavior by trying to soothe the puppy, but it is just as important not to punish or reprimand the puppy. The best strategy is to simply ignore the puppy and them her work through her issues with the collar on her own. Introducing distractions, such as food, toys or playing, is a good way to get the puppy used to the color. Getting the puppy to play, eat and drink while wearing the collar is a great way to get her used to it. After a few days, most puppies will not even know they are wearing a collar.

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Dog Training Online: How To Socialize Your Dog?

Basic Social Manners
Basic dog training also emphasizes socialization skills(especially for puppies). Good socialization skills teach your dog to get along with other dogs and people. For those of you who need help with house breaking your dog help has arrived. A calm firm and authoritative voice is most effective while training a dog.

Most dog training course instructors will tell you that positive dog training is the best technique to utilize. And before spending any money ensure that the dog trainer uses methods you are comfortable with. Use his name and explain what you want him to do. See

In this case most people have the inclination to yell and tell their dogs to shut up. This particular reaction of dog owners will confuse their dogs and will only make them understand that the reason why their owners are yelling is because they are also enjoying the shouting scene and that they are "barking" along with their dogs. Giving the dog a job can be crucial to his well-being. Dogs were originally bred by humans complete important tasks with them and for them. Socializing your dog helps boost it's confidence and reduces your dog's fear and nervousness in normal circumstances. When you are introducing new things to your dog make sure that you have him firmly under control. Praise him for any movement that gets him toward the sitting position. Be careful not to hold the treat or toy too high or your dog will lift his feet off the ground.

Training your dog can be time consuming and frustrating at times but it's well worth it. Bringing a dog into your family is basically like bringing a wolf into a pack. Crate training: This is important especially to build up a tolerance to stay in a kennel environment for several hours.

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Dog Training: Would Your Dog Listen If You Punish Him?

Always use praise instead of punishment with dog training. Dogs respond best to positive dog training rather than negative. With all of this in mind you should be able to teach your dog the 3 basis commands such as sit - stay - fetch. There are many different dog training techniques that are out there today. Many people often don't realize that dog training courses often utilize different dog training techniques. Unfortunately one part of dog training that is not gone over very well in dog training classes is chewing.

Reprimanding your dog should not happen often as dogs respond better to positive reinforcement used in dog training. A dog that has been properly trained won't take a nip at other dogs or pedestrians when you are out for walks. Your frustration can cause you to want to force the issue and end up taking two steps backward with your progress. See

The dog may run back and forth and bark. The owner may think this is annoying or anxious behavior on the part of the dog and that training is the answer. There are several things to keep in mind before starting any dog obedience training. You need to understand that dogs have an attention span of no more than ten to fifteen minutes. A well socialized bred and adjusted puppy or dog will feel no need to act aggressively. A dog that acts this way demonstrates that there is a problem with the dog's relationship to humans. " To let your dog up from sitting give him a release command such as "free" or "break.

When these feelings are all mixed up their only known protection for themselves is to bite because they cannot understand the situation logically. Therefore people should know that in order to avoid such circumstances. So-- How do you work with a "high functioning" abused dog? And how do you teach your dog to relax and enjoy life? Dogs bark because we humans want our dogs to bark. For years our domestication process and selective breeding has allowed our dogs to develop their barking abilities. The sit command: This is usually the first command new owners teach their dog.

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Why It's Important For New Dog Owners To Take Dog Training Seriously

Are searching for answerers to your dog training problems? Well then you've come to the right place. Most new dog owners think that training their dog is going to be a difficult, daunting task, and for most new dog owners it is, but it doesn't have to be that way. The choice is up to you! The early stages of your dogs life should be a happy time for the two of you. You shouldn't to deal with dog training problems, especially since dog training mistakes are easy to avoid if you are armed with the right information.

A dogs first year is very critical because it is going to set the stage for the rest of his life, and it will ultimately determine what kind of companion a dog is going to become. Most new dog owners unknowingly making mistakes when they begin the training process. These mistakes lead to problems that make the first year of their dogs life a confusing and trying time for both the owner and the dog. However, learning what you need to avoid doing in order to prevent these behavior problems from occurring is a lot easier than you might think!

Training mistakes that go unnoticed, and never get corrected are often the most crucial mistakes. If your puppy doesn't seem to be "getting it" when you start potty training him, then subtle mistakes that you might be making could be the culprit. Don't worry though it is not uncommon for new puppy owners to experience these kinds of setbacks. Just don't forget to remember that certain training mistakes will affect your puppy's ability to learn, his behavior later on in life, and they can cause accidents in the house to go on for what might seem like forever.

The experiences that a puppy goes through during the early stages of his life, define who him. Believe it or not the potty training stage is an extremely crucial period in your puppy's life! Training mistakes that are made during this period can result in behavior problems taking place later on in your dog life. More often than not these behavioral problems that some dogs experience later on in life, are often traced back to the puppy training stage. Here are some typical problems that are the result of puppy potty training mistakes:

* Going to the bathroom in a remote location of the house.
* Waiting to use the bathroom until he is inside of the house.
* Reliving himself inside of his crate.
* Excessive barking or whining when he is in the crate.
* He is overly submissive with you.
* He acts scared, or he exhibits fearful behavior.
* He seems to ignore your commands.
* He turns around and heads the other way when you call him.
* He is constantly displaying obsessive or compulsive behaviors.
* He displays some forms of aggression towards you or other dogs.

Most of the dogs that develop these problems, do so, because of training mistakes that went undetected, and were subsequently reinforced because they were repeated on a consistent basis. In the end it all boils down to the training, along with the dynamics of the dog owners relationship with their dog that cause a puppy to end up as an adult dog with these behavior problems. however with the appropriate training, and a good upbringing these problems won't be part of your dogs life.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog Dog Training Tips

All types of dogs, including your Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog, can benefit from dog training. Jumping, aggression, and all types of obedience can be learned by your Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog. Training courses and products are available at retail stores, while online dog training information can be accessed immediately.

Your Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is instinctively aggressive. In the wild, dogs need to be aggressive in order to successfully hunt for food, to continually defend against other creatures, and to protect their food, bed, and mate. Even though this aggressive trait has been minimized over time by selective breeding, we all realize that dogs are instinctively aggressive.

The good news is you can learn to recognize, prevent, and handle dog aggression.

Dogs most commonly exhibit aggression toward one of 2 groups:

1...strangers members

Each type of aggression requires different intervention because each stems from a different cause.

If your Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is aggressive toward STRANGERS, it might be because he has not had a real opportunity to interact with strangers. Your dog relies on you to help him learn about the world. You need to take your Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog on plenty of trips outside of your home to help him become comfortable in different surroundings with different animals and people.

This process (called "socialization") helps to prevent aggression toward strangers by allowing your dog to learn through experience that he does not need to be afraid of new sights, sounds, and smells. You'll want to start this process slowly so your Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog does not become overwhelmed. Over time, both of you will look forward this socialization process, while eliminating or reducing your dog's aggression toward strangers.

The most common cause of aggression toward FAMILY MEMBERS is known as "resource guarding." Your Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog tries to defend his possessions from someone he perceives as a threat. This overly possessive behavior results from the issue of dominance.

Dogs are inherently pack animals. A pack is a very structured environment. Every dog in a pack is aware of the hierarchy or rank of every other dog in the pack. Your Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog views the family environment the same as a dog pack environment.

You can change your dog's dominant, aggressive behavior through frequent and consistent obedience training to establish your authority over your Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog. Try conducting two 15-minute sessions each day to help your dog understand that you are in charge. Simply reward him with treats and praise for following your command ("sit") and briefly punish him for misbehavior.

Do you want more information about socializing and handling the aggressive and dominant behaviors of your Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog? Do you want lots of detailed information on a variety of other common Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog behavior problems?

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Dog Training - House Training Your New Puppy

House training is the first thing your new puppy must learn. The toileting process a puppy learns in the first few months as a member of your household will last a lifetime so it’s important to do it right the first time. House training issues are the number one reason why dogs are taken to animal shelters so let’s begin.

It’s important to understand that your puppy probably won’t be completely trained until he’s about 6 months old. That’s because young puppies lack the bladder and bowel control that they need to be reliably 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 life happens. If you can’t be available for a period of time, confine your puppy to a small puppy-proof room. The entire floor should be covered with newspaper or some absorbent, disposable material. At first, your puppy will go everywhere in the room. As he gets older he will favor one area. Slowly reduce the area covered in papers until the puppy eventually goes only on the toilet papers. The floor in 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 type of surface.

If you want to train your puppy to use only papers, your task is complete. Most owners prefer for their dogs to eliminate outside so the puppy-proof room should only be used when you aren’t home to supervise. If your puppy spends time in a crate, which he should at first, you can place papers in one area in the crate for your puppy to use. Dogs are naturally very clean animals and they will do their best 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 45 minutes. When your puppy does his business in his designated area, lavish praise on him. Don’t be afraid to look like a fool when providing this praise. He is learning the most important lesson in living in your household so go overboard with praise.

Put your puppy on a consistent feeding schedule so you can anticipate his needs. While he does need free access to clean, fresh drinking water, don’t give him unrestricted access to food. Likewise, until he is fully trained, do not give him the run of the house. One thing that will greatly aid in this process is 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. He won’t understand the reason for the punishment and he might become nervous or agitated. He might even think he is being punished for eliminating at all. This could set your training back rather than moving it forward.

The main thing you need for house training your puppy is patience and a good sense of humor. Be calm and relaxed while being consistent in your schedule and your puppy will be relaxed and calm while learning what he needs to learn to become a well adjusted member of the family.

While you and your puppy are bonding during this training time, you can start to introduce other commands like sit, come, stay, down.

About the Author
Cathy Perkins is a dog lover who is allowed to live with her two dogs, Tillie and Pierrot, in the beautiful foothills of North Carolina. See my other articles on these individual commands and be sure to join me on the web at:

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