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Training Begins When You Bring Your Puppy Home

There is no need to wait until your new pet is a little older or until he gets used to his new environment. The sooner you lay down the laws, however gently you choose to do it, the sooner your dog will be a welcome member of the family.

Puppies are fun. They are cute, playful and have very short intestinal tracts. Housebreaking is the first thing for you to consider. Consistency on your part will make your training easier. Puppies need to be taken to the chosen area as soon as they wake up, right after they eat and when the play session has ended.

Are you paper training your dog? The paper needs to be in a confined area. Several layers of newspaper in a room that can be accessed will help. Spread the paper all over the floor. As each day progresses, remove a few pieces of the paper that are not where your dog has chosen to eliminate. They will go back to the same spot fairly routinely because they look for the scent. Eventually you will be able to leave a smaller section with success.

If you are training your dog to go outside, choose an area outside your home for him to use consistently. You may have to accompany your pet to that area with a leash to get him used to going in that particular spot. Eventually that will be where he heads all of the time.

Just like children, dogs love some positive reinforcement. Rewards for a job well done should be given freely. Most dogs like treats. In fact there aren't too many who don't. If you provide a treat to your dog when he comes in after doing his business, it will encourage repetitive behavior.

For small puppies you may have to keep them in your line of vision all of the time in the early days of your training. A six foot leash that you can attach to your waistband or a piece of furniture in the room you are in will help tremendously. You can look for the signs, sniffing, walking in circles and the ultimate squat. That is the time for you to move and take the puppy to his designated area.

If you are crate training your dog, you can paper train in the crate as well. Dogs are den animals and they try to keep their dens clean. If you are going to train in a crate it needs to be bigger than the dog will need for comfort. Place paper in a part of the crate and something soft and comfy in the other part. Allow the dog to have a good line of sight to family activities and not feel isolated. If you are going to be gone for long periods of time, such as work, you may want to enlist the help of a family member or dog sitter to let the dog out of the crate several times during the day.
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