When Do You Start Training

The answer is immediately!  The first week in a new home is extremely important for a puppy and the lessons learned may last a lifetime!  So planning ahead is important.  Family members should discuss what they want to train the puppy to do and how they want to train the puppy.  Puppies will learn very quickly with proper instruction!  And consistency is key!

There are many great training resources available online and easy to follow training videos by reputable instructors.  Check them out!  15 - 30 minutes a day is all that it takes to train your puppy to be a well behaved, well socialized member of your family!


Mouthing or nipping is common behavior in puppies.  They have needle sharp little teeth and they may be teething.  It is important to redirect the behavior by giving them a toy or a chew bone to gnaw on.  

Puppies learn limits during play with other puppies.  Puppies will yelp when the play gets too rough which teaches a puppy bite control.  Try letting out a high pitch yelp then walk away from or ignore your puppy for 30 seconds.  

House Training

Quite simply, what goes in must come out!  It is normal for puppies to be pee and poop machines!  Young puppies will need to eliminate on an hourly basis.  As they get older, they will need to go outside less.  Puppies have not developed bowel and bladder control so they can't "hold it" as long as adult dogs.

The easy rule of thumb is: 

1.  If the puppy has been playing - it will need to go outside. 

2.  If the puppy has been sleeping - it will need to go outside.

3.  If the puppy has been eating - it will need to go outside.

4.  If the puppy has been drinking - it will need to go outside.

So plan on slipping on some shoes and going outside with your puppy every time for the first several weeks.  It is important to reinforce good behavior positively by praising the puppy when it eliminates outside.  Your puppy will love that it is pleasing you and you will take pride in your puppy's success.  

Ignore house training accidents as they are not the puppies fault.  Do not discipline, strike, yell or rub their nose it.  They will not understand why they are in trouble and you will teach them to fear you.  House training accidents occur due to a lack of supervision.  If you are not paying attention to your puppy then it is probably up to no good!

It is always helpful to put your puppy on a regular feeding schedule and to establish a routine.

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