Dog House Training can be simple
To start your dog house training, the first thing you'll need to do is buy your best pet friend a nice dog training collar, lead and dog crate. You should choose one made of nylon or soft leather. When your puppy grows older, you can buy him a heavier collar, and if he's a large breed, it should be made of heavy leather, with a strong buckle and clip. Dog house training can be simple. We'll need to be patient and prepared to spend enough time to work with your new friend right from the start. We can avoid your doggie being among the 60% that land up in humane societies (dog pound) because of behavioral problems. It's like being on a dog rescue mission.
Get yourself a crate large enough for your puppy to stretch and lie down in (for those naps). But not one that's too big either. You don't want your doggie to be able to potty in one corner and sleep in the other. Your little pet should be in the crate anytime you're not available for watching your doggie. Our attempt is to get your friend to understand that they'll have to wait until we come to their rescue teaching them to "hold" the potty which is obedience training.
Your little sweetie can be left in the crate for 6-8 hours at a time. You mostly do it at night time when you go to bed, but can also do it during the day if you have to be away.
When you're at home, leave the puppy out of the crate, but set a timer (you know, one of those we use in the kitchen for timing) for every 60-90 minutes (no cheating; 90 minutes is the maximum). Each time the timer rings, take the pup out for a walk for 10 minutes, giving them the chance to eliminate, and reward them when they are successful. Positive reinforcement and love is the way to go. Don't be surprised if you walk them for 10 minutes, nothing happens, and when you come back in the house they have an accident on the kitchen floor. BE PATIENT.
These are only some guidelines, but take your time and do not become frustrated. In a month or so, you will look back and laugh.
Remember that your puppy will grow very fast, so his first dog collar should be adjustable. Often the puppy's breeder will give you a collar and lead with your puppy when you pick him up. Dog care and training really can be fun. You and your best pet friend so to speak grow up together.
If your puppy is not used to a collar yet, he should start his dog training by wearing the collar in the house for a few days. At first he will try to get rid of the collar, but in an hour or so he will get used to it, and then you can remove it. Remember dog house training benefits everyone. Wait till you see that puppy smile when they know there're pleasing you.
Dog House Training
By Rolf Rasmusson
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