Housebreaking Your Pet
Potty training is pretty simple if you can keep the dog in your site. You should be able to see that he or she is sniffing around and walking in circles (that’s the best indication of needing to pee or poop) Right when You see the action of “going to the bathroom,” give the dog a quick tug on the collar and walk him outside to the potty spot. The point of this is to make it a negative experience for the dog. When he does go to the bathroom outside, praise dog like it just made you a million bucks. Doing this right and consistently can sometimes get your pup potty trained in a weekend!
If you cannot follow your dog around at all times to look for potty signs, crate Him or her. This is another good method. It is not cruel. It saves both you and the dog a lot of heartache down the road. Make sure you do this early. 8 weeks is a great age to start. Take the Baby out often. Play with it, love it, feed it and reward it When it potties outside. Then put it back in its own space. This will not only help potty train your baby but it will make it easier to manage as well. Know that it will be very difficult for the first week or so. You might need to put the crate far away from the bedrooms as the pup might cry a lot. You have to be strong and know you are doing the best thing for all of you. It only takes a couple weeks and after that you will be able to leave the crate door open so your baby still has access to its own space. You will be surprised how often your pup goes back to its crate on its own because it has become its safe den.
Crate training tip:
Crate training can be difficult, and we often train our dogs to do the opposite of what we want them to do, and here is why. You put your pup in the crate, walk away, and the pup starts to cry, bark, and whimper, and continues to do so for 5-10-15 minutes. Then feeling bad for the pup go take the pup out, hold it, pet it and comfort the pup. Then you put the pup back in, and it does the same thing, and you “Rescue” the pup again. You now have trained the pup to cry, bark, and whimper to get out. This cycle will never work; you and your dog will become confused and frustrated.
First step put a treat in the crate and allow the pup to walk in and out of the crate freely a few times. After this, put the pup in the crate and close the crate. Don’t walk out of the room yet, sit by the crate, but ignore the pup, even if it cry’s, barks or whimpers. (It is very important to not give in) wait until the pup settles down, and stops crying and/or whimpering (Depending on the pup this can take anywhere from a few minutes to several minutes) When the pup has calmed down, pull the pup out and pet it normally, don’t over do it. We sometimes make it a bigger deal then it needs to be. Repeat this step a few times a day for 1 to 3 days. This teaches your pet that it’s okay to be in the crate; the pup will soon stop crying, and will be more wiling to enter the crate and stay. Next step is to move further away from the crate, until you’re able to exit the room without the pup crying.
While the above methods have the best results, sometimes there is that stubborn pup that doesn’t mind sleeping where it eliminates or has no desire to potty where he or she is supposed to. This section is for those puppies that refuse to potty train. It is also for those of you who work long hours, who feel bad about leaving your pup in a crate and those who plan on having your pup outside and dont feel the need to potty train. Metal puppy play-yards are excellent for keeping your pup confined but with enough space to play. Line the entire bottom with wood chips; this will keep things nice, clean and fresh smelling. The chips soak up all the urine and bury the poop so it doesn’t get all over paws and fur. The only downside is the woodchips get everywhere, so keep that in mind when setting up the play-yard. You have to know that doing this does not help in potty training but it can be a huge help to those of you who have a stubborn baby that has made one too many messes. The majority of pups will potty train with the listed methods if you are firm and stick with it. This advice is mostly for that hard headed pup that doesn’t mind sleeping in his own poop. In cases like that wood chips and a playpen can save your relationship.
Teaching Basic Tricks
Teaching Your Puppy to “Sit”
Get the attention of Your puppy by holding a treat out. Hold it just out of His reach. Raise the treat toward the top of His head. When His head follows the treat up and slightly back, say SIT and His rear end should naturally go down trying to follow the treat with His head. When the dog’s rear is solidly on the floor, give the dog the treat and praise. If the dog jumps up rather than sits, The treat might be up too high. If the dog backs up instead of sitting, try teaching the command with something behind the dog.
Teaching Your Puppy to “Shake”
Teaching to shake is fairly easy. Have a treat ready, grab Your Puppies paw and shake it while saying Shake. Do it over and over. Let the paw go down to the ground, then pick it back up and say shake again. Give a treat each time and Your puppy will get the idea very quickly.
Teaching Your Puppy to go “Down”
Start with the Puppy sitting in front of you. Hold a treat near his face, then slowly move the treat down toward the floor. Make sure the Puppy is watching the treat go down. Repeat this, saying down as You hold the treat close in to the dog’s body, moving it down to the ground. Some puppies get it right away and will lay down to be closer to the treat. On others It will take a few tries until the puppy will get frustrated and lay down. Either way Once the puppy lays down, praise him and give him the treat.
Teaching Your Puppy to “Stand”
Start with the puppy in a sitting or standing position. Hold a treat up and close to You so that the puppy must stand to get to it. Once the baby starts to get up, say stand. After the Puppy has stood, praise and give treat.
Teaching Your Puppy to “Speak”
First make sure You want to teach Your Puppy to speak. Sometimes encouraging Them to make noise cannot easily be shut off if They believe there is a reward it it. This can lead to unwanted barking and/or howling. If You still decide You want to teach this command You must first choose a simple word for the bark command. The word should be easy and used consistently ( "speak," "bark" or "talk" ) Next, Create a situation that will cause your dog to bark. The best method is to have a friend ring the doorbell or knock on the door. As this occurs, say your speak command in a clear, upbeat voice. After your dog barks 2-3 times in a row, say Your choosen word in a clear, upbeat voice while giving a treat. Repeat the speak command process several times until your dog seems to understand. If You havent found anything that naturally gives Your dog the urge to bark, You can try teaching Him or Her to speak by saying "speak" in a bark like pitch/tone over and over until He or She tries to respond. Once They do, give a treat.
Teaching Your Puppy to go“Sit” from “Down”
Start with the Puppy laying down. Hold a treat in front of His nose, keeping the treat close. Slowly raise the treat up over his head. As he follows the treat, he should move into a sitting position during which time You are clearly saying sit. Give him the treat as soon as he is sitting.
Teaching Your Puppy to “Roll Over”
It is best if You teach down before attempting to teach rolling over. Once Your puppy has learned down and is in the laying down position, hold a treat at eye level moving it back and around the puppies head, stay low or else He will just sit up. He should follow the treat with His head until He cant turn his head anymore and must roll his shoulders in the direction of the treat to continue to follow it. At this time you can help by giving His body a little push in the same direction. Say Roll Over, and lead Him to a rolled over position. Once there give treat and a nice belly rub! Then repeat until He gets the idea.
Sled / Weight Pulling
The most important part to training your dog to pull weight is You must first condition the dog. You have to spend hours slowly building up your dog's muscles by slowly increasing the weight He pulls. Whether you're goal is to compete in a weight pulling events or even if You just want to teach your dog to pull a sled, there are several steps to take first. Your dog should also know basic commands before pulling any real weight. And please do not let Your dog pull Your Children until He knows when You want Him to stop.
Before You get started You need a pulling harness. These have extra padding and fit low across the dog's back legs. They are made for comfort while He is pulling. You want Him comfortable so His mind is on His work.
At a Young age, attach the dog's harness to an empty sled, or to loose milk jugs. Get Him used to the feel of the harness and the noise of pulling things behind Him. This should be done daily.
Once He understands pulling and knows all of His basic stop and go commands, start adding bits of weight to the sled. This should be done over a lengthy period of time. Do not add all the weight at once, but rather up it every so often when You notice He is pulling the old weight as if there is nothing behind Him.
After proper training and conditioning, You will eventually get to a point where the amount of weight will be too heavy for him to get started, but it might not be too heavy to pull. To test and see if its still within His pulling ability, put him in the "stay" position, with a little slack in rope. Then when you say "come!" he will jerk forward which should start the heavy sled forward. This also can help in a real situation, when a sled is stuck in ice. That slack can give it just enough jerk to move and continue on.
Only attach the weight pulling harness when its time to work hard so Your dog can always know what is expected when He is wearing it.
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