Constantly saying “NO!!” to your puppy will not have much of an effect. They respond much better to PRAISE when they behave appropriately.
Puppies tend to be most impressionable between the 7th and 16th week of their life. This is the perfect time to introduce them to all kinds of new situations and experiences, such as different people and animals, noises, vehicles, and even the vet. This time period is when you should really consider getting your dog into an obedience class.
A good start is to make sure that a leash is attached to the collar of your puppy at all times. This will allow you to catch him any time he tries to start running in the house. Only use this method if you are able to be 100% present, as the puppy may become tangled when you aren’t looking.
If there are periods of time when you can’t supervise, make sure the puppy is in a crate.
When traveling, crating the puppy is the safest way to go. This will prevent him from getting underfoot or into areas where he can’t be reached. There is also the possibility of accidents such as pooping or vomiting. These are best contained in a plastic enclosed carrier.
Baby gates in your home will help limit where your puppy can go in the home, making it easier to supervise him.
If you puppy is whining or fussing in his crate, it is safe to assume that he needs to go potty. If the whining continues after he is taken outside, ignore the whining or quiet him.
Water intake should be halted at around 7PM, as this will lessen the likelihood of your puppy bothering you for a potty break in the middle of the night.
Any and all activities should begin with a pee or poop, or both
If you have to go outside with your puppy for any reason, make sure that he is on a leash at all times. Yes, there will be times when the weather is miserable, but you cannot make an exception. Housebreaking will happen quickly if you are consistent and praise proper behavior.
All activities that take place indoors begin with a potty break outdoors first.
Any changes to activities must start with a potty break.
Teach words that your puppy will associate with elimination. Again, this will help speed up the housebreaking process. Keep it simple, with short phrases like “Go Potty,” or “Go Poop.”
A puppy that exercises is usually one that is tired and well-behaved.
Try giving you puppy a number of new toys to play with. Different textures are a great idea, as are toys that make noises. Rawhide and other chew toys that can be eaten are good, but always make sure that you supervise when they play.
Games of retrieval are a fun way to get him to learn how to mouth.
If you allow your puppy too much unsupervised time, he will find fun new ways to entertain himself. None of these new games will be anything that you enjoy.
The moment your puppy arrives in your home is when training can begin. A collar and leash should be put on immediately, and simple command like “SIT” can be quickly taught. Teaching him to sit before you put the leash on to go outside helps you kill a few birds with one stone.
Keeping daily training sessions to 10 minutes or less in the early days. The sessions should be fun and easy, with difficulty and time increasing as he gets older.
Try training your puppy in a number of different locations. This will prevent him from being obedient at home and not anywhere else.
Puppies require a lot of work and supervision throughout the first year of their life. That may be tough to hear, but it’s just the way it is.