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TRAINING YOUR DOG

Potty Training Your Puppy

Scold & Praise   © @roygsymonds 1999-2022

My Training Method has always been, among other things, based on Basic Scold & Praise.

This means that if your doggo does good, Praise it.

Always      "Good Boy / Girl! "

With a gentle stroke. 

But if it does something you do not want it to do, say,   " NO!!  "   or   " Bad Dog! "

Never smack or beat your dog.

 

Make " GOOD! "     OR    " NO! "  the basic commands that will be the foundation of ALL your training.

I will lay out in other pages, in how to further train your dog, but this page is about Potty Training your Puppy.

 

Scold means:

To rebuke, to find fault noisily, with voice

Rebuke means:

To express sharp disapproval to a person, or dog for a fault or disapproval. 

Praise means:

To express warm approval or admiration of, a commendation.

To Pet means:

Approval to a domestic or tamed animal kept for pleasure or companionship. Express fondness or familiarity. Fondle. 

 

But above all, give love and if the love that you are giving is not at least ten times more than the scolding, something may be wrong.   You must be aware that the undeveloped puppy-dog needs more attention.

 

 

 

 

Potty Training Your Dog.

When you have got your >8-week old puppy home, we hope that you have prepared the event somewhat before hand. Decide where you are going to keep your dog, as it is a ' Pet ', it MUST be kept inside your home and treated like a member of the family but as a puppy you must confine it to a suitable area that you can keep controlled.

I have NEVER used cages.

A warm kitchen with a hard floor, covered in lots of newspaper, is ideal. Do NOT let the puppy roam around the house, as he will find a little toilet for himself.  Always define what rooms your dog can use. Get a child gate or something to pen the dog into one room. Never let your dog into your bedroom or any of your children's bedroom.    NEVER! 

The bedroom, is a personal place, and if your dog gets too comfortable, especially if you let the dog sleep with you, it will be harder to control. If the dog is a small Yorky, this might not matter but try to remove a 180 pound Rottweiler dog who thinks that you are trying to take over its bed. This will also undermine your Alpha position.

For Potty Training confine your dog to say the kitchen and or a utility room, especially when unsupervised.    Place several old newspapers in a strategic place that your dog can easily find.

We hope that the breeder had also used old newspapers as a "toilet", thus the puppy might recognise this.

Have a suitable very comfortable bed situated away from the toilet area.

Initially, on the hour place, place the dog onto the paper and encourage it by saying " Wee! ",  or  " Have a wee! "  Should the dog wee, praise it no end for about ten seconds.

Wee will be your "Code-Word" for the dog throughout its life, that will trigger it to have a wee or indeed a #2. Your Sold & Praise usage will have "Brain-Washed" your dog to know and understand that you want it to make toilet, and that it has your full permission and this is the right area.

Be prepared to pick up your dog's Poo, if you are in a public area. Or even in your own garden, if you leave your 'garden' full of old Poo, because you have not picked it up, it is dangerous on many fronts, it will reflect on you and you may still be in trouble with the authorities. Needless to say if any dog does a Poo in your home, pick / clear it up at once, and disinfect the area. 

However, a puppy may be playing and then for no reason it will stop and have a wee where it stands. You will have to clear this up, but do so by soaking up with some old newspaper and place this on the toilet area you have provided. Sometimes, you may be able to catch the dog mid-flow and take it to the potty paper area. a gentle " Good " might be productive if some ends up on the paper.

Do not Scold the dog as it is only a puppy. Eventually with patience the dog will learn that if it is to be Praised it might be best to wee on the paper and not the floor.

If you placed slightly soiled paper onto the toilet area, the smell here will also encourage the puppy to go in this area. As the paper becomes wet, dispose of the wet bits and leave damp sheets on top to reminds the dog. Smell is a dog's biggest sense and tool.

Of course if you have a garden, or an area that could stand a little wee, every hour take your dog here and encourage it to wee.       If it does, Praise! Praise! Praise.

As for the No. 2, a healthy well fed animal will do a number 2, once or twice a day. Watch out for this and place the dog onto the paper if you can and if any goes onto the area praise it.

Of course if you take it into the garden and it does a Poo outside, praise it again for a few seconds.

Eventually it is hoped that you puppy will learn that it is in his best interests to go where you want.

 

 

It must have its own bed.

 

The bed must be big enough and VERY comfortable.

 

Restrict and train your dog to go where you want it to and nowhere else.

UNTIL he has had TWO inoculations and you have waited about five days after this, keep him away from other dogs and places where other dogs have been.

 

If you have a garden that is easily accessible and is protected, this will make your life a lot easier. If you live in a flat or an apartment maybe up one or two floors, you must be a dedicated and patient owner to take on any dog of any size, especially a large one. 

 

A good routine is the key to success.

 

Get him a large and secure box or basket that is well padded and that he can get into easily. Cover the padding with something that is easily washed or replaced and cannot harm him. It must be very soft and warm; heaven to lie on, and it will always be his favourite place. A dog must have a place he can call home; a place where he feels safe and comfortable, his little corner. Somewhere to go, when you tell him that it is advisable that he gets into his bed. Remember that a fully grown large dog will need a bed that measures at least about 45" X 30" .  

That is 110 cm X  75 cm. This takes up a lot of space. Do not therefore invest too much in a factory made bed / basket until they are fully of grown.

Never ever have anything lying around that could possibly harm him. Keep everything that is not his out of the way, until your dog is fully trained. He will want to chew ANYTHING & EVERYTHING, so keep everything out of harms way. Buy, from a Pet-Shop, a suitable little cuddly toy and ask the pet shop’s advice in  what to buy the puppy as far as chewing on something durable is concerned.

Never give your dog anything that could be bitten into pieces. A large dog has a very powerful jaw, so what you may feel is indestructible could only last a few minutes with a full size dog. Remember not until your dog is around 8 - 12 months old will it fully stop trying to chew most things it will find, or learn what it can chew and should not. In fact it is as natural for a dog to chew as it is for us to breathe, the secret is to guide your dog as to what it can or cannot do. Never let it get away with chewing anything it should not. Take the item away, but then offer it something it can cut its teeth on.

 

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