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House Training a Puppy

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To increase your chance of having a well-trained, obedient dog, it’s best to train your dog as a puppy. House training a puppy should start the moment you bring your puppy home. It should include the basic toilet training to more complex behavior modification for an overly submissive or assertive puppy. And in training your puppy, you don’t need special puppy supplies; instead, you need to stretch your patience.

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Dog-Owner Relationship

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In the wild, a pack of dogs can’t survive without an alpha dog that sets the rules of the game; this hierarchy works well among dogs. In your home, your pet dogs would like to have structure too. So you need to step up to the plate and act as the alpha dog that sets the rules in the house, not the other way around. But establishing your authority over your puppy depends on whether your puppy is submissive or aggressive too.

Dealing with Puppy Behavior

You can’t treat all puppies the same because there are basically two puppy behaviors that should determine how you interact with your pup.

Assertive puppy

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Assertive puppies are those that are not shy in demanding attention jumping into people’s laps, barking, and biting to be noticed. Be careful in dealing with these types of puppies because you could train them into becoming a bully when they grow up. You need to assert your alpha dog position by not giving into the puppy’s demands. Don’t let the puppy nip, bite, or bark; it may be cute for now, but imagine your dog fully grown and still doing it. Don’t play with an assertive puppy with you lying on the floor and the puppy standing over you.

Submissive puppy

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Submissive puppies tend to shy away from unfamiliar people. When they’re cornered they tend to lie down and assume a submissive position. These types of puppies need to be assured using reassuring voice and encouragement. You need to provide them with a peaceful environment with no surprises. You can’t scold at these types of puppies when they make accidents because it can make them grow timid and aloof.

Toilet Training a Puppy

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Toilet training should begin the moment you bring your puppy home. Dogs don’t like to soil their living quarter, so use this opportunity to train your dog where to go. Wherever your puppy had an accident, clean the area well and let it eat its meal on that area. Scolding or punishing the puppy will not do any good; it will only confuse the puppy.

Be consistent in feeding your puppy at the same times each day and take it outside after eating to do its business. Always bring it to the same spot in order for the puppy to mark the place as its bathroom.

Dealing with Accidents

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When accidents happen, some dog owner’s instinct is to show the puppy its mess and punish it. They couldn’t be more wrong. Know that puppies can’t hold their business longer than adult dogs can; so some mistakes are bound to happen. But they’ll eventually learn to go to the toilet especially when proper toilet training is in place.

What you can do when accidents happen is to take the puppy away from the area and clean the mess. Don’t let the puppy watch you while you clean up after it because some puppies tend to derive pleasure seeing you cleaning their mess! So they’ll do it again just for fun.

Dealing with Puppy Chewing

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Puppies chew for two reasons: to escape boredom and to ease the gum discomfort during teething. To prevent your puppy from chewing your stuff out of boredom, make sure that you give it adequate attention and playtime moments. It has to have outlet for its excess energy.

When your puppy’s about 6 months old, however, it will start to lose its baby teeth. At this period, it’s next to impossible to prevent your puppy from chewing anything just to relieve the gum discomfort. What you can do is give your puppy plenty of items to chew to spare your valuable ones. Having plenty of chew dog toys around will definitely help.

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