Puppy Training Chapter 4 & 5 - Fluffy Puppies

Puppy Training Chapter 4 & 5

WHEN SHOULD YOU TAKE YOUR PUPPY TO OBEDIENCE TRAINING CLASSES?

It is best for your puppy to start obedience training before they are 12 weeks of age. 

You can train your puppy at home, or take your puppy to puppy training classes offered in your local area. We are a strong advocate for Obedience Training Classes that are often run by your local Vet. 

It is imperative that your puppy is vaccinated before going to classes.  If your puppy was first vaccinated at 6 weeks of age, you can have the second vaccination as early as 10 weeks of age. At this second vaccination appointment, your Vet will give your puppy a full Vet health check and your puppy will be right to start classes.

We believe that the owners learn as much as the pups!

Puppy school and Obedience Training Classes concentrates on puppy socialisation and also gives the owners great advice on identifying and correct behavioural issues that may develop as their puppy grows and develops.

If you prefer to train your puppy yourself at home, you have the advantage on being able to control the environment which can result in less distractions for your puppy.  However socialisation is also important, so be sure to ask your friends with similar aged puppies to come over for a play date!

Here are some tips when you are training your puppy at home:

 

BE CONSISTENT

Keep your reactions and methods the same every time to help your puppy learn faster.

BE CLEAR

Avoid multiple commands for one action. Keep commands short and to the point for example say ‘sit’ instead of a full sentence, for example ‘sit down now Rufus.’

BE PATIENT

Training takes time and effort. The most important rule during puppy training is to be patient. Puppy’s love to make their humans happy and will be trying their hardest to understand what you want and get it right.  If you get angry and frustrated with them, it will only deter them from interacting/listening to you.

BE IMMEDIATE

Remember 8 weeks is prime time to begin your puppy’s training. If you start later, there is time for bad habits to develop in your puppy. It is easier for your puppy to learn, rather than un-learn a bad habit and replace it with a good habit.

DON’T STRESS

Puppies can read you like a book!  They can feel your mood. It’s important you stay calm, take a breath and take a 5 minute break.  Your puppy may need a break too before trying again!

Remember, by training your puppy you will be giving your puppy a healthy, happy and active life.  A well trained puppy is a joy to have in your home and makes for an even happier household.

Chapter 5:

House toilet training your puppy

Our Fluffy Puppies are not house-trained when you pick them up, so here are some tips to help you train your puppy.  If you give your puppy too much space and freedom in your home they are more likely to have toilet accidents, because they are unsure of the right place to relieve themselves.

To avoid this, there are a number of steps you can take:

Only give you puppy access to one or two rooms in the house, where the family spend the most time

Put your puppy in a crate when they are unsupervised. Puppies will not poo or wee where they eat and sleep as they like to keep that space clean.

Only feed at a regular time - morning and night.  Watch your puppy closely after eating, as they like to poo and wee within 30 minutes of eating.  So be ready to take them out.

Reward your puppy with cuddles to congratulate them for urinating outside and stay with them so that you can give them immediate praise.

Don’t punish a puppy who has had an “accident” inside.  It was an accident and probably occurred because you did not recognise the signs that they needed to go outside.

Don’t wait for your puppy to signal that they want to go out. Most puppies will not learn to signal their need until they first learn to “hold” in the house. Take them out on a regular schedule.  We suggest for half an hour after they have eaten, and once a hour during the day, to do a wee.  Make sure you only use one exit door and they will learn to go to that door when they need to go outside.  This will be one of your signals to look for.  Another signal to look for is your puppy turning round and round, or sniffing the floor indoors, as this is a sign that they need to go to the toilet.

Take them out frequently, after every meal and nap, before bed and as soon as you get up in the morning so they get used to this routine. At the beginning, take them to the same place every time so they can recognise their own scent.

When your puppy does have an accident inside, don’t scold your puppy, but disinfect the spot to remove their smell. Don’t clear it up while they are in the room and don’t use bleach, both to avoid stimulating their interest.

Above all, be patient with your puppy.  They want to please you.

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