Training Your Puppy

When you bring home a new puppy class at your dog training school, there are usually three or four puppies to be divided from each other. Each puppy will be given a tag to wear for the duration of the classes and may have a collar too. The purpose of the tags is to enable the instructors to identify the puppies when they are collared. Puppies should be kept clean at all times, but some puppies may need more attention than others.

A puppy is normally an adolescent dog. Some puppies may weight up to 1 kilograms, while larger ones may wait up to 7 kilograms. Generally, all healthy puppies develop rapidly after birth. As is common in many breeds including the Yorkshire Terrier, the coat color of a puppy may change significantly as the puppy develops. This is especially true of full-breed Yorkshire Terriers.

Training a puppy begins as soon as it has been weaned. It is important to establish the rules that should be adhered to without fail during the first few days with the puppies. You may adopt a ‘pack’ or ‘herd’, whereby the puppies live in a room of their own and are driven to go out on a regular basis outside. The herd leader must ensure that the puppies follow this schedule. The dogs are also expected to relieve themselves at fixed times and only do this outside if the group is outside.

Training a puppies puppy should not be confused with house training. The puppies do not stay indoors for long, but if they do, they usually need to go outside as soon as they decide to relieve themselves. The housebreaking routine should involve making the puppy to understand where they are supposed to go to the bathroom. The routine should then be followed at least once a day and at night before sleeping.

Keeping a puppy can be both a joy and a frustration. One major challenge is the fact that puppies have very sensitive skin and puppies do not always react well to cruel or unkind treatment. Because of this, you should never hit your puppy or shout or yell at them because you fear they will misbehave. They will be misbehaving because they are not used to being picked on. You should avoid smacking your puppy and should never use any physical force against your puppy. Instead you should gently nudge your puppy in the appropriate direction and should reward good behavior.

Puppies do not respond very well to training so patience can often be an issue. Once the basics are mastered, you will find that training your puppy is much like potty training a young child. They will usually not potty where they should, but rather wait until you tell them to go outside. If you catch them in the act, quickly nudge them in the correct direction and praise them for their obedience. Be sure not to punish your puppy for inappropriate behavior. It’s far better to get them into the habit of acting appropriately than to use punishment as a form of discipline.

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