Training for your New Puppy/Dog
Housebreaking and Commands
Have a new addition like a new puppy? Oh, how nice and so cute and cuddly but training time so let us explore shall we?
This is a subject that everyone in the world has their own ideas on, and what has worked for them does not always work for you am I getting this right?
How I train my puppies might not work for you either but, here I will lay out what I do and if you want to add to this or you have a way that you feel works much better I encourage you to please share! You can adopt a puppy from the shelter too, please do not forget this!
I base house training on the age of my new little fur baby, how old when I bring him/her home.
At the age of 6 to 8 weeks, they have such small kidneys they cannot hold any liquid for any length of time so you might want to have papers by your door or puppy pads. Fair warning they are going to have accidents!
I at this early stage take them out every half hour sometimes even sooner if I see they are drinking water gives them the idea drinking causes tickles go outside.
As they mature and get a little older I increase their time a little at a time 10 to 15-minute intervals usually is best.
Once they reach four to six months you will notice that they are going outside regularly and will have a way of letting you know they have to go.
For the stubborn ones, you will find these it can take up to 18 months to get your new pet completely housebroken.
And should they get sick, because they do pick up viruses and colds, they could still have an accident in the house.
Teaching Your Puppy Commands
In order for your puppy to follow commands you must instill them early in their lives, but at 6 to 8 weeks old they have no clue. I started when mine were they about 3 months old when they were more familiar with my voice and different levels in it.
Always use a very stern voice when giving commands never yell. This lets your fur baby know you are the boss.
Believe me, they want to please you very much because your love for them is everything when they make you happy they are happiest.
Use small puppy treats or you can break off a small piece of cheese or something to give them a treat when they obey the command.
Now a ton of people will disagree with giving your puppy people food, my veterinarian when asked told me if you eat it then it is ok for your dog.
If its something that you feel is spoiled and would not eat do NOT give it to your dog.
With that said, the three main commands that most people start with are: sit – lie down – stay.
SIT – To have your puppy sit hold the treat above their head giving the command as one word only “Sit”.
If the puppy tries to jump up, push on their rear end to get them in the sitting position, still holding the treat above their head, and keep repeating the command “SIT”.
Once they have accomplished sitting for a few seconds at first then increase the time as training continues prior to giving them the treat.
DOWN – Training your puppy/dog to lie down, (always try to use one-word commands they work best).
Finding it best to have the puppy sit first, take the treat and move it from their nose down to the floor in front of them, using the command “Down” repeatedly until they lie down.
You will need to work this way for some time until they are used to the command of “Down”.
When they have adapted to lie down on the command straight from the standing position you can increase the time as training continues prior to giving them the treat.
STAY – To train them to stay I would get mine to sit with a treat in hand and start with just two steps backward, repeating the command to “Stay” holding my other hand palm up in front of the puppy’s face.
When they accomplished this for a few seconds I would have them come and get the treat.
As they get the hang of it, keep backing up more steps before calling them to you and rewarding them with the treat please do not forget the praise for being so good.
Training for Your Adopted Shelter Best Friend
When you have it in your heart to adopt a pet from a shelter, you may have quite a variety to choose from and all ages.
So depending on the dog you have selected the personnel at the Shelter may or may not be able to give you some advice to what the animal has been through before they came to them.
Ways Pets End Up at The Shelters
Some animals are rescued from abusive homes where people have starved them, beaten them, left them tied outside in all kinds of harsh weather conditions, and many other terrible acts of cruelty that I do not even want to go into.
The Shelter personnel works with these animals to try to get them back so they can be adopted and find a furever home where they will receive the love and care they deserve.
Other animals come to them from people who can no longer care for them, some are heartbroken that they have to give up their sweet baby but have no choice.
These animals are always very sad and confused they once had a human who loved and cared for them and now they are sitting in a cage all alone scared.
Others just take their unwanted adult dogs to the shelter because they no longer want them they are not a cute little puppy anymore and too much work for them.
Lastly, some people do not care enough about their animals to keep them in fenced in yards they run away and get lost.
Some don’t even care to turn them over to a shelter so they just dump them off and the animal has to fend for itself unless someone is kind enough, or they have Animal Rescue Personnel to pick it up and take it to the shelter.
These poor ones are lost very confused and do not trust humans what so ever, they end up being in the shelters the longest because they are not adoptable when they come and the time they have to spend there is sometimes longer than the shelter gives them so they end up being put down due to overcrowding.
These Animals Are Trainable
With time and patience, these animals will trust a human again, if a human did train them at certain things it will come back to them.
If you have a really big heart and a ton of patience making up with these shelter pets it is the ultimate sacrifice to getting a new pet that will love you furever until it is gone from our world.
To turn their lives around will not only keep some of these poor babies alive but at times can actually save a humans life in the end.
So in order to train these grown animals, you would treat them the exact same way as a new puppy when you bring it home.
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