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Submitted by: Kelly Marshall
His eyes begged you to take him with you and you are bewitched. The cute little doggie in the window is brought home eagerly. You have visions of cuddle time and play time with the new member of the family – but how ready are you to live with a dog?
When you have a new puppy, everybody in the family should take part in the puppy’s training. Everyone should understand that this little stranger who will be living with them needs to be loved yet disciplined. This will be a hard journey when you walk the walk with your new puppy until he finds his place in your home. The journey will be tough but the rewards are great.
After giving him a name, the real business begins. So you thought you knew all about puppies. Sure they are cute, but they are for real, not stuffed cuddly toys. They have to go to the toilet, not on your carpet or on the chair. Potty training a puppy demands discipline, not on the puppy’s part, but on yours. You have to keep an eye on the puppy to observe if he is ready for the toilet.
Establish the pattern. Choose a spot where he has to relieve himself every time he needs to do his business. Don’t leave the area until he is done and give him a healthy, not sugary treat to reward him. Don’t shout at the little runt if he fails to please you. He’s scared too, and he is far away from home. Keep at this routine until the puppy knows where to go.
Dog hair all over the place can test your patience. As a rule, establish routine for feeding time, nap time, and potty time. Show him where he is going to eat, sleep, play, and where he is going to have his toilet.
Use a word for each of the routine – eat, sleep, play, potty – the puppy will pick it up and understand what is expected of him. Of course, this won’t happen overnight. This will take weeks and tough persistence on your part.
He should understand that he is not welcome to sprawl on the carpet or on the chair. He must understand that he is not welcome to some areas of the house. Be patient and keep your cool. Your puppy will soon learn that if keeps to his side of the bargain, he earns rewards – a bone, a hug, or a tickle and a massage.
Be firm. Use a commanding voice when training your puppy who by now answers to the name you have given him. When the puppy knows all the house rules, he begins to feel he is part of the family. You earn his trust and respect. This will be the beginning of a friendship that will last years. That is, if you continue to care for and love your puppy until he grows old. The little doggie in the window will be your best friend.
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