There are many things you can do to help your puppy grow up to be an amazing member of pet society! It all starts with training. Training is an interactive experience for the entire family and is important for your puppy’s successful transition into your home!
Common Training Questions
We love sharing our expertise with our families to ensure they can help their puppy to be the best they can be! Here are a few of the most common training questions we are asked:
Crate Training Your Puppy
Crate training your puppy requires patience and consistency. It is very similar to setting a sleep schedule with a newborn baby. If you can be consistent, most of our families find their puppy is crate trained very soon!
It is very important to provide your puppy with the rest that they need! People seriously underestimate a dog’s need for rest. Being a good puppy is very hard work! Rest is a critical element in training and allows your dog to soak up his lessons and recharge his mindset. Crate training has been proven to be the fastest and most effective way to housebreak a dog at any age. A dog’s natural instinct is to avoid being near his own waste, so he’ll make an effort to avoid going potty in his crate.
Destructive behaviors are often the result of an unsupervised puppy being bored or anxious. Using a crate during an owner’s short-term absence eliminates this possibility! Crating your pup while you’re away or unable to supervise keeps him from being destructive, stops nuisance behaviors, and prevents him from ingesting something that could potentially harm him.
A daily schedule is another element to adding beneficial structure to your dog’s day. Daily Structure is essential for your dog’s mental and physical well-being. Dogs like knowing exactly what to expect! To summarize, have a daily schedule for your puppy!
Potty Training & Rituals
Remember, rituals are predictable activities that lessen stress and anxiety in your puppy because he knows he can count on you. Even going potty is a ritual that does far more for your dog than merely potty training him. Potty mistakes are a result of too much freedom and lack of supervision and lack of appropriate confinement. Furthermore, punishing a potty accident actually increases their incidences. Accidents are not due to a dog’s desire to go in the wrong spot. They are 100% due to a human’s lack of supervision and not picking up or “reading” your dog’s particular pre-potty clues.
You want to make sure that you put your puppy to bed at night with all of their needs met. This means you will have fed dinner several hours prior, given your puppy time to play after dinner, time to relax, and always several chances to go potty in the appropriate place. The very last thing you should do before putting your puppy in the crate is taking them to the bathroom. It may take several minutes but be patient with your puppy and allow them to void before putting them down for the night.
The crate can be a very helpful tool in potty training. You want to use the divider your crate comes with to make the puppy area only large enough for your puppy to lay down comfortably, but not any larger. This uses their natural instincts of not wanting to go potty where they sleep to teach them to hold their bladder and bowel movements. As your puppy grows, you can move the divider farther back until you no longer need it.
Potty Ritual Dos:
• Take your puppy to the potty spot after being in their crate for a sustained period of time (2–3 hours).
• Put his leash on and go directly to the potty spot. Hang out, don’t talk or interact with your puppy, you could distract her from getting her business done.
• When an accident occurs (not if, but when), completely clean up the soiled area! Use white vinegar! You don’t want to leave any scent residue, or it will become a new potty spot.
• Praise your pup calmly and gently after going potty, you can even give a treat!
Having your trainer set up and ready to go when you bring your puppy home is a sure way to many successful years with your pup!
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