POTTY TRAINING YOUR PUPPY (PART 1)

When you first bring your new puppy home, it'll only take about an hour or so to realize that he needs house training right away. After all, a little puppy's bladder is only so big! A great method to consider for potty training your new little friend is crate training. Crate training has its pros and cons, but it offers an affordable and far less stressful alternative to more traditional methods. Here are some helpful hints to get started.

Choosing the Crate

BITING FOR ATTENTION

Make sure that your pup is getting lots of praise and attention when he is playing well and gently. Pups sometimes learn to bite you to get attention, so make sure that they are getting rewarded with attention when they're being good, not when they're being bad. (They will bite practically ANYTHING, so make sure you have one of the more comprehensive Pet Insurance Plans!)

PUPPIES LOVE TO PLAY

Puppies LOVE to play - that's what they live for. What's the worst thing that could happen to them? Play ending. So that's how we will "punish" them for being too rough - by suddenly making play stop when they bite. The rule is "All fun and games end when puppy teeth touch human skin".

STOP PUPPIES BITING

Young puppies are notorious at biting your hands - and those sharp puppy teeth can be very painful! But rest assured that this is a very normal thing - it doesn't mean that your pup is aggressive, just that she is young. If you watch a litter of puppies interacting with each other, you'll see them biting each other all the time. The problem is that they often mistake our hands and clothes and ankles as being just like their littermates.

How do we teach the pup not to do this to us? First, we'll start with some basic rules of how to interact with a young puppy: