3 Critical Things in Puppy Training - Jim Burwell’s Petiquette

Puppy training must be at the top of your list. Yes, I know, getting a new puppy can be wonderful and exciting.  All that puppy breath and warm kisses are fun and exciting.

Enjoy the cuteness but don’t set yourself up for failure if you’re not prepared and well organized  to begin puppy training.

It can be overwhelming if you don’t prepare.

I’m going to, step-by-step, break down 3 critical areas of puppy training that are important to raising a confident, obedient and trouble-free puppy.

Housetraining Your Puppy is a Top Puppy Training Critical Step

Many new puppy owners just accept pee/poop accidents as part of the house training process.

I’m going to teach you a much easier way to housetrain your puppy, preventing  accidents in your home altogether.

A big critical step to a trouble-free puppy!

Here Are 4 Simple Steps to Housetrain Your Puppy

  • Establish an approved, designated area for outside elimination and take your dog there every time – on leash – Remain with your puppy so that you can praise and treat your puppy the second he pees/poops in the approved designated area.
  • Once you know that he has eliminated, play with your puppy outside for a while. It’s critical for your puppy to know that elimination outside means a fun, playtime with you. If you go in right after your puppy eliminates, then the message changes to “elimination means the fun is over!” This could cause your puppy to hold his business to begin extending time outside.
  • Next, keep your puppy on a leash inside your home to prevent accidents from happening – You must be able to supervise your puppy. This is not forever – just until he is fully house trained! Not having your puppy on a leash in the house allows him to sneak off to his “secret pee/poop place” and go potty.
  • And finally, when you cannot supervise your puppy, simply crate your puppy – but make sure he has a chance to potty outside before you crate him!

Teaching Your Puppy Basic Obedience is a Must

The Sit

The easiest way to get an obedient puppy is to first train him to give you a great “Sit!” on command.

It’s probably one of the easiest and most valuable commands you can teach your puppy because he soon learns that “Sitting” gets him everything.

Here’s what sitting gets him:

His food, going in and out doors and, all the other good things in life he wants and needs!  Knowing what to do and when to do it keeps him stress-free!

The the Recall or Come Command

Getting a fast “come to you” eventually outside can be life-saving!  Always associate good things with the come command. Coming to you should never mean the end of having fun or a correction.

Here’s a fast and fun way to do this:

With another family member or friend you can call your puppy back and forth with a sit on arrival to promote no jumping when greeting people – sit to greet! And finally, back yard recalls between family members – especially kids (with parental supervision) – can call your puppy back and forth randomly between each other. This gives kids a safe and fun way to interact with their new puppy. Keeping the treat hand down low keeps the puppy from jumping. Don’t forget to eventually add that sit!

Teaching Your Puppy To Be Confident Alone In His Crate

Crate training your puppy not only helps you to house train your puppy but teaches him – if done properly – that you’re not available 24/7 – even if you are home. This can prevent isolation anxiety (IA) when you’re home and possibly separation anxiety (SA) when you’re gone from the house.

We tend to see the value of crating our puppy when we are gone from the house and when we are sleeping at night – that only seems natural. But what about during the evenings and daytime when you are home?

Has your puppy come to expect he is out of his crate when you’re home? Are your guilty feelings now making you feel like you’re being held hostage?

In the early formative months of a puppy’s life at home, it’s critical to make sure your puppy is okay being in his crate – when you are home. The first step in crate training your puppy is to get him to like his crate – not only for house training but for confidence-building as well. He needs to know that you are not available 24/7 and just as importantly, you always come back and let him out.

Teaching him to be comfortable in his crate (no whining or barking when you are home) frees up more stress-free time for you at home because you are confident that he is happy in his crate. Now you and/or family members can do chores or entertain without him under foot when you don’t have time to supervise his activities.

The more frequently you crate him when you’re home, the more confident he becomes in his crate! Remember, this is early-on training for a lifetime of confidence in your puppy.

Recap of the 3 Critical Things in Puppy Training You Need To Do

Three Great puppy house training principles:

  1. Reward for elimination outside in designated area –
  2. Puppy on leash allows you to catch mistakes before they happen inside –
  3. Crate when you can’t supervise

Two critical puppy commands:

  1. Sit for everything (for good manners)
  2. Come – a potentially life-saving command and safe way for kids to play with puppy

More crate time:

Doing this in  your home even when you’re there,  builds a confident puppy and staves off isolation anxiety and separation anxiety

If you do these things every day consistently it’s a great start to a confident, obedient and a trouble-free puppy!