Puppies and House-training

You have found the perfect pup and the whole family can’t wait to take him home. The kids are ecstatic and can’t wait to play with him. Having a new puppy in the house is exciting and keeps everyone on their toes.

Pet ownership is enjoyable and fun and we at Pets Corner, want you to enjoy your pet and train your him/her to be sociable and well-behaved at all times. But we all know that training a young puppy is not an easy task since they are at a very playful stage. Training should start at 10 weeks of age.

Toilet training a puppy

All puppies are so irresistable and can get away with almost anything. Ever seen how forlorn those adorable eyes can get when you raise your voice or scold them when they did wrong? One of the things nagging at the back of a puppy owner’s mind is about toilet training itself. The most important thing is to exercise lots and lots of patience. Puppies are unable to control their bladder well when they are young, they too are learning and getting used to these experiences for example they are learning new things about you, their owner, and trying their best to please you in a way, so beating them in any way is not advisable.

Aristopet’s – Housebreaking Aid’ (from Australia) comes to your rescue and will help you achieve a trained puppy in several weeks. You can entice puppies to certain areas by placing a few drops of ‘Housebreaking Aid’ on the newspaper and your pet will be attracted by the scent to defecate.

It is important to be very patient with your pup and allow him plenty of time to sniff around and do repeat the procedure 2-3 a day and continue the next day and after until you have a pet you’ll be proud of. (Hopefully in several weeks’ time). Some of them will ignore the newspaper and tear up the place and make a nuisance of themselves. Well, if they are indoors you need to act fast. This training aid can be used indoors or outdoors.

How toys can make a difference!

Toys play a big part in a young dog’s development and growth. Playing ‘fetch’ or ‘football’ with them makes them well-rounded sociable canines. For those dogs who like to go on chewing, (on your shoes etc.) toys such as ‘Kong’ and ‘Toy-bred’ can keep them entertained for hours and are a must, so they don’t get bored easily.

Other training tips for an obedient pet

1. Training a puppy should start at the age of 10 weeks. Puppies can be easily tired. Therefore, the training session should be short and held once or twice daily for about 10 to 15 minutes. Dogs usually have short memories so one has to be patient. Repetition is necessary. Remember to praise your puppy when it obeys your commands.

2. You should always train your puppy in your compound. If a trainer is used, he must pass his commands to you and you should be able to take control of your dog at the end of the training so that it will recognize you as its master.

3. Choose the correct place where you can teach your dog. It must be away from distractions such as other dogs or active children.

4. All exercises should take place preferably one hour before his actual meal-time, because most dogs are easily motivated by food.

5. It is impossible to teach an untrained dog to ‘sit, stand and drop’ just by using hand movements and voice signals alone. Always use nutritious ‘treats’ – not human food for dogs when training. By holding the ‘treat’ in your hand, your pet will keep eye contact with you – especially at the piece of food!

6. Teach each command slowly and repeat them at least a dozen times daily for 2 to 3 consecutive weeks and you are certainly on the path-way to success. Some dogs seem to catch up faster than some others who are easily distracted by minor interruptions and therefore, are certainly slower. Patience is the key word, there are no short cuts. Make sure each command is correctly mastered by puppy before the next command is taught.

7. To teach the ‘sit’ command keep a piece of ‘treat’ in your hand and place it in front of the dog’s nose. As soon as the dog adopts the ‘sit’ give him the ‘treat’. Repeat the command until the dog understands it. Don’t forget to praise him.

8. Once your dog understands your hand signals and responds to your commands then it is time to stop using food to stimulate a response.

9. Keep the food inside a pouch or your pocket where the dog cannot see it. By this time you should be able to maintain his interest in the training.

Exercise

Puppies love exercise and taking it out for a walk every day will improve its muscle development and prevent obesity. If you follow this routine, your puppy will probably be trained in a much shorter time than expected. So don’t forget to praise him whenever he listens to your commands.

All puppies need a good amount of supervising and an understanding owner throughout their lives, just like children who always look up to their parents for guidance and approval. So take care of your pup and spend lots of time with him so that he can be moulded into a well-bred dog who is happy and most importantly makes pet ownership meaningful and fun!