Puppy training

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Sparks
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Puppy training

Post by Sparks » 14 May 2015, 18:12

Any tips on what I can expect over the next few weeks for an 8 week old pup? I want to do as much as is appropriate so tips on where to start would be appreciated.

Thanks

Liz!!
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Re: Puppy training

Post by Liz!! » 14 May 2015, 18:56

Make sure its treats are not full of wheat or dairy, or made in China - think contamination.

Fish treats from Fish 4 Dogs, Nature's Menu treats, roast or boiled chicken cut up small, Armitage Good Boy natural treats - there are lots out there that are just meat or meat and veg.

Sit, stand, lie, stay are the first to teach. Lots of excitement when he/she gets it right.

Collar on for little walks round the garden with a LOOSe lead. No pulling.

Same training done outside and in - so it doesn't think training is for inside - they associate behaviour with place.
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Re: Puppy training

Post by eileenandmolly » 14 May 2015, 19:34

The best thing I was told about training was the 4x D principle!!

Difficulty, Duration, Distance and Distraction!

So, start with easy things like a sit. Don't make pup sit for too long, keep up close, and make sure there's nothing going on that would distract pup! You want to get a success to reward! Reward as soon as pup sits.

Then increase only 1 of the 4 D's at a time - eg ask for a down instead of a sit (Difficulty), or ask for the sit to last longer before your treat (duration), or move away a metre (Distance) or have a toy lying a few feet away (distraction). Sorry about the Grandma sucking eggs explanation! :oops:

Eventually you will progress by stages to, for example, a down stay, for eg a couple of minutes, at a distance of eg 10 metres, or even out of sight, with distractions like other dogs walking around your pup! You get the gist of what I'm saying?!

Have fun!! Xx
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Re: Puppy training

Post by Sparks » 14 May 2015, 20:12

Thanks Both :)

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Re: Puppy training

Post by Ianto! » 14 May 2015, 20:49

Puppies are amazing, sparks, and soak training up like a sponge. Make it fun, so not too much all at once, but often. don't let them get away with anything that you wouldn't want an adult dog to do, so no allowing jumping up, etc., just because they're cute (they work on you!) :roll:
Set your routines up - out for wees and Get Busys (or whatever) as soon as you get up... Keep them on a lead when you take them out for toilet training, so they know that they're out there for a reason.
Sign up for puppy socialisation classes asap if you can...
Take loads of photos and videos because they grow overnight, and you won't notice...
And, most of all, Enjoy!
Anne, Ianto & Wyre x

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Re: Puppy training

Post by Sparks » 14 May 2015, 21:22

Thanks for the advice. I am really keen to get it right from day 1.

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Re: Puppy training

Post by Liz!! » 14 May 2015, 21:58

Yes, forgot toilet training - take out every half hour or so at first, and always after food, excitement, visitors, or if they sniff or circle.

When they do go in the garden say go wee or go poo, or whatever words you have chosen AS they go. If you do this every time they will associate the words with the action and then after a while you can ASK them to go which is a great help, later on when you want to go out in the car or whatever.

I had a bell hung on a ribbon on the back door, out from the door a bit so it can swing. I knocked Lola's nose against it every time I went out and said 'wee'.

Eventually they will knock the ribbon and the bell will sound. Then you know they want to go out - some dogs aren't very clear about signals for this, and the bell can be heard even if you are upstairs or putting the dinner on, and you have fewer accidents.
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Re: Puppy training

Post by donkeydoodlelulu » 15 May 2015, 09:47

Its a good point Liz mentioned about training outside. A church hall is very different to a field with distractions - I managed to find training outside which although rather chilly had the added advantages of additional noises, birds and smells.
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Re: Puppy training

Post by Doodle Dee » 15 May 2015, 16:36

don't forget that treats are part of training! Else they can be fed too much (i know these things :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: )
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Re: Puppy training

Post by Sparks » 15 May 2015, 22:09

It's been a long day! 3 hours each way plus time with breeder. Daisy has had 3 20 min naps since I have her. What time should she go in her crate for the night? She has just nodded off on my lap. Failure with toilet training - not caught one on the pad! 3 in lounge, one in kitchen and poo in crate :. Breeder said she shouldn't go in the garden until 2 weeks after vvaccinations. Any thoughts? Also, she has started scratching now home but didn't on the journey. Hoping she doesn't have fleas :(. They have given her a dose of frontline today. Anyway, it has been a hard day with lots of excitement all round, especially pup and 4 year old daughter. Cat has not appeared distressed which is good, althoufh pup was in the crate when they were in the same room.

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Re: Puppy training

Post by Liz!! » 15 May 2015, 22:47

What tosh! Unless your garden has had dogs in, dogs you don't know have been vaccinated?

I'd take a bet that every single dog on here was put out in the garden first thing when home!
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Re: Puppy training

Post by Sparks » 15 May 2015, 22:58

It's a newbuild with new lawn last year. I suppose only wildlife would be a risk? Definitely no dogs! What is best way to deal with tonight? She slept about 45 min ago. I should hear her if she wakes. Should I go down?

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Re: Puppy training

Post by Ianto! » 15 May 2015, 23:18

Hi Sparks,
An exciting day all round by the sounds of it! I do wonder at your breeder saying no garden visits though... Yes, both mine were immediately taken out into the garden when they got home. And lots of visits since! It's not taking them out in public, where other unvaccinated dogs may have been that is important (perhaps that's what the breeder meant?)
Don't worry too much about the 'accidents', your pup is only a baby and has had a big day too...
It all depends on what you want to do about bedtime... I have always kept mine in the kitchen, but lots of other people let them sleep in their bedroom. If you're okay with it, you could always put the puppy in a crate by your bed, so you're on hand and then if she wakes and needs comfort or a toilet break it won't disturb your daughter.
I had a set bed time for mine, usually 10 o'clock - but again, everyone is different. You'll find a way to fit it all into your routine... Ianto used to wake in the early hours at first, and I'd take him outside on a lead for wee-wees, then put him back to bed so he didn't think it was playtime.
Good Luck! I hope you manage to get some sleep....
Anne, Ianto & Wyre x
(Btw, you can usually tell if a dog has fleas by the small, rust-coloured specks of flea pooh in their fur. Look on her belly where the fur is sparser...)

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Re: Puppy training

Post by Bid » 16 May 2015, 00:06

Yay - she's home! I guess the breeder was concerned about foxes bringing disease into your garden - I let mine out there as it makes house training hugely easier. I put mine to be when we went to bed - started as I meant to go on!

Scratching is a sort of displacement activity so it may just be that she is a litle bit stressed with all the new things about her - it's a lot to deal with for a tiny pup.
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Re: Puppy training

Post by Sparks » 16 May 2015, 02:20

You are all a great help! She woje at 1.30 and tried really hard to get her to wee on a pad, she did anything but! Managed to catch a poo though :). She has nodded off on my lap now so will put her back in and hope she sleeps a bit longer. Tomorrow I get a new collar for the garden , the small I got is a bit big.

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