There are as many ways to raise a puppy as there are to raising
a child. In fact, one way per family in general! But most of us
agree that when it comes to children, certain things are
universal and undisputed. Here are three things that a lot of
people just do not think of when it comes to raising their
dogs, however. How many times have we heard, "My dog just won't
listen to me", or "He just won't behave!"
1. Dogs do not understand English until we teach them.
The thing we all love about puppies the most is the way they
live for us, the way they focus all they have on us, the way
our lives become theirs. in the beginning, they study us to
learn our body language, our facial expressions and our
language. Until we teach them the English language, it's all
they have. If we say, "Wanna go out?" one day, "Have to go
potty?" the next day, and, "Hafta pee?" the third day, if they
DO figure out what we want, it is because we have picked up the
leash and moved toward the door with a happy face! If you want
to speed up his training by three-fold, teach him YOUR
language. Pick a command for EACH behavior and stick with it.
Tell all in your family to use the same words and commands, and
your puppy will amaze you at how much faster he learns.
2. A young puppy's metabolism is racing along faster than we
The younger your puppy is, the faster he is growing, the more
food and water he needs to fuel his metabolism, and the more
often he has to go potty. Do not punish your puppy when he
makes a house-breaking mistake. These are YOUR fault. Your
puppy's age in weeks and his breed size determine how often he
must go out. Once an hour is not too often for a large 6-week
old puppy, especially if it is summertime. Dogs love the
exciting smells outdoors, so there is no excuse to not have him
housebroken by 7-8 weeks of age. Right after a nap, after he
eats and after grooming are the key times, and he will signal
you. If he is happily chewing a toy and gets up suddenly with
his nose to the floor, move quickly! And every time he goes
potty outside, praise him to high heaven! "What a good BOYY!",
"GOOD go potty!" and the like. Dogs love our happy faces, and
they will do anything to get it.
3. Dogs live for our facial expressions and body language.
Because of this, the worst punishment you ever need to give
your dog is a scowl and to turn away from him. You can see his
tail fall down and his face get so sad. He will learn the
lesson, I guarantee it. But his attention span is only 3-5
minutes, so do not scorn him any longer. Love him up and give
him your happy face again. Physical punishment is never
necessary. Use consistent commands and loving praise and he
will know what you want of him before you know. He will become
a master of your body language and facial expressions in no
time at all.
Naturally there are many aspects of training your puppy well.
Loving kindness works just as well for puppies as it does with
children, creating a happy, well-adjusted and obedient dog for
life. These three important tips, used consistently with
confidence, will start him well on his way.
About The Author: Dy Witt has shown, bred and trained standard
poodles for 25 years. Her puppies' new vets and groomers sent
word back that they had never worked on such well-adjusted dogs
in their careers. To read free articles, more about her dog and
puppy training techniques and her new ebook, visit: http://www.DogTraining15MinsADay.com.