Getting Started with your New Puppy
Helpful tips and suggestions
by Jude Iaconianni
House Training and Paper Training;
House Training actually begins with
"Training yourself First".
Create a schedule, routine and stick to it
100%. Start out with small time
frames like every 30 to 45 minutes and slowly extend this time longer.
Use the same door and/or area while training.
Carry the puppy near the door
you have selected repeating your command
a few times in a playful excited tone.
Pick something and don't change it
"Outside" "Potty Time" "Let's Go Outside"
As your puppy learns this command stretch out the
distance from the door where
you set the puppy down. You may even start
out carrying the puppy all the way
outside to the potty area.
Praise and reward with success immediately after
they potty but continue to stay
outside with your puppy for several minutes after
they potty. They might not be finished
or they may learn to associate going potty with
having to go back inside.
This association can lead them to hold it while
they are outside until they want to
go back inside. Always take your puppy
outside after waking up from a nap and after
Watch for sniffing at the floor. In most
cases this leads to potty activities.
Use your command you selected and proceed to the
door and/or area for going potty.
If you do not catch them before they have a
accident or during the accident reprimanding
will have no effect. In fact punishing after
the accident occurred could actually cause
them to just be more sneaky about it.
Getting through the First Few Nights:
Try using a small crate or carrier on a chair next
to the bed where the puppy can see
you. Make sure the crate or carrier is stable
and with puppy movements it won't tip or
fall. Place the puppies bed, blanket, stuffed
toy and or chew toy with the puppy at night.
If the puppy begins to cry or bark tell your
puppy "NO" and stick your finger through the
crate or carrier at the bottom but don't play with
the puppy. Try not to move your fingers
or the puppy may think its play
time. In most cases the puppy will sniff maybe lick or
nibble at your finger then will settle down and lay
against your finger. Once the puppy
settles and goes back to sleep slowly remove your
finger. This reassures the puppy
they are safe and not alone and builds confidence in your puppy.
Do's and Don'ts:
Never chase or lunge at your puppy trying to
catch it. This can lead to a fearful
dog that will run from you when you call it by
name. Always try to coax or call the puppy
over to you then pet and reward the puppy
when they come to you. If you need to retrieve
the puppy try to move slowly towards them
always pet and reward
when you get your puppy.
No matter how frustrated or angry you
are at the puppy for not coming to you scolding or
punishing the puppy may teach your
puppy that coming to you when called is not
rewarding and cause your puppy to avoid
contact with you.
In other words it teaches your puppy to
"RUN and HIDE" when it hears its name.
Always stick with easy simple commands:
Short and simple commands
work best. Try not to overwhelm your puppy
with to many commands to learn at the
same time. Teach one trick at a time.
When teaching verbal commands try to
associate the verbal command with a
hand signal or visual command at the
same time. You never know as your puppy
grows and enters his/her senior years
whether they will loose their sight or hearing.
By teaching both verbal and visual
commands you prepare yourself and your dog
if they ever become hearing or sight