4 Simple Puppy Training Tips
Some of the most important puppy training tips center on chewing
and urination. Along with those popular categories, take a look
at how you react to your pup’s unpredictable behavior, too.
1. Contain Chewing
When puppies are teething, they turn to shoes, furniture and
even humans for relief. Puppies are highly curious creatures,
and possess a nonstop need to explore. Sometimes this curiosity
and adventurism leads to chewing on inappropriate and dangerous
The first course of action is to stock up on toys that your
puppy is allowed to chew. Select chew toys and bones to keep
your puppy occupied, like:
- Chill toys
- Dog ropes
- Plush toys
- Squeak toys
- Rawhides for puppies
Then, keep your puppy well supervised. When you see him
chewing on something inappropriate, offer him a suitable treat
so he will develop healthy chew habits.
2. Puppy-Proof the Home
Take away tempting items your puppy will likely chew. This
includes anything from shoes to end tables. Don’t let electrical
chords dangle where your pup can reach them. In addition, keep
plants high enough out of reach, as some are poisonous.
3. Paper Train Your Puppy
Housetraining a puppy is all about teaching control. Paper
training is a simple way of getting your dog to go in one place.
For some pups, it’s a less emotional form of housebreaking than
crate training. The goal is for a pup to be able to hold his
movements for approximately six hours at a time. Most dogs are
able to achieve this anywhere from 6 to 8 months old.
Follow these paper-training tips:
- Choose a room of the house specifically for potty
training purposes. Rely on this area until your dog is able
to control his urine when on a walk or in the yard.
- Cover the floor of the room entirely with newspaper.
After only going on the newspaper, a puppy becomes familiar
with this routine.
- Slowly cover less and less of the floor with newspaper.
Observe if your puppy sticks to urinating only on the
papered section. If not, he needs more paper training.
- Wait a few days, and try taking away more of the paper
again. Do this until the puppy is able to hold his urine, or
bowel movements, on his own.
4. React Correctly to Submissive Urination
It’s no secret puppies are excitable and energetic. Before a
pup has reached maturity, his emotions go hand in hand with the
process of urination. In young pups, this is largely
Tips for dealing with puppies’ excitement levels and
- Control how you react to your dog’s behavior. If your
pup urinates inappropriately, ignore this behavior and wipe
up the mess.
- Don’t scold, strike or tap a pup for submissive
- Realize that a healthy puppy may show this behavior
anywhere from 4 to 7 months old.
- Don’t shout for your pup when you enter a room or come
- Soften your greetings with praise and gentle petting.
- When a puppy is older, feel free to cheer him on all you
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