Who can resist the adorable gaze of an eight-week-old Shiba inu rescue? They can give you such a cute stare with their little neck tilted to the side and tiny eyebrows looking at you with an excited gaze. But they also use your house as a huge permanent bathroom.
Training your puppy increases your joy of having a dog, and makes the relationship with your dog much stronger. An untrained dog is an invitation for disaster. It doesn’t matter if its a four-pound Toy Poodle or a 100 pound German Shepard, a dog who doesn’t listen is always in danger.
Here is what to expect each day:
- 6 to 14 weeks old: 8 to 10 bathroom breaks
- 14 to 20 weeks old:6 to 8 bathroom breaks
- 20 to 30 weeks old: 4 to 6 bathroom breaks
- 30 weeks to a year: 3 to 4 bathroom breaks
Crate training works on the principle that puppies are instinctively clean animals. I recommend a crate large enough to shelter your full-size dog, and simply partition it off, moving the divider as the pup grows. At all times, the crate should be just large enough to allow the puppy to stand comfortably, turn around. and lie down. Otherwise, he just might go to the rear of the crate and do his business there.
A DAILY ROUTINE
You must make a schedule and stick to it. It doesn’t matter what your schedule is, your puppy will adapt to it as long as it is the same time EVERY day. For example, 9 to 9:30 A.M. take the puppy from the crate and immediately outside, always to the same spot. Bring him in and feed him. Twenty to thirty minutes later, take him back outside.
Make sure to give your puppy both quality time and crate time before you rush off to work. By noon you will want to repeat this routine of food, outside time, and crate time, then again at 5 or 6 P.M.
And of course, let your little friend outside before 11 P.M. and you retire for the evening. And don’t forget to get up at 3:00 A.M., that’s right – three o’clock. This is important only for the first few weeks due to a tiny blatter.
Each time you take your puppy out of the crate, repeat a catchphrase such as “Want to go poddy?” Use the same door every time you take your puppy outside. After just a few weeks stop carrying your little dog and say “Want to go poddy?” He will make the connection, and run out the door.
SIX STEPS TO REMEMBER
- Outside toilet time is no fun. Keep this very serious business (distinguish playing time with toilet time).
- Don’t blame your dog. Remember they are only animals.
- Use only one command. Then reinforce. (NO! SIT?)
- A training collar will help you guide your dog and “check” your dog if needed.
- Teach “STAY” ( for his protection)
- Understanding your puppy and knowing what he needs both physically and emotionally will help a great deal.
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