How to train a puppy- this has been a worry for most pet lovers. And they are right about this. That is because, in many ways, training a puppy is a much more difficult task than training an older dog. Little puppies are so cute that you and your family will fall all over yourselves playing with the new puppy and the discipline that is so critical to be brought into your puppy's life, will go out the window. In all probability, although you may have planned to impart puppy training from the time they arrived in your house, they get to sleep in someone's bed rather than in the crate you had planned for them, and poop all over during the night. Be careful. It is critical to break the little one into a set routine during the first couple of weeks of their arrival. Otherwise, the bad habits will set in. You and your family members must remember that the puppy has been taken away from their mother and the other puppies in their litter, so they are insecure and vulnerable. The best thing you can do for them is to set up a puppy training routine so that they fall into the pattern that you want to establish for them at your house. Give them a small room of their own where they will stay for the next couple of months. Paper over the entire floor and put their bed in one corner. The food and water bowls should also be placed in a specific area. In a few days, be gentle with them and don't make them do too much. When they seem sleepy, leave them to sleep. Little puppies need a lot of sleep. The most important aspect of Training a Puppy is to toilet train them. At the beginning, when the urge comes, they will go where they are. Therefore provide them access to a toilet area every 45 minutes or less, till they begin to understand where the toilet area is situated. Once they get a little older, they will be able to go across to this area on their own, but till that time, they should eliminate only within the papered area of their room if you are not around to take them to their toilet area. If by mistake, they wander out of their room and eliminate on the carpet or somewhere they are not supposed to, say "No" strongly. Praise and reward them with their favorite snack every time they eliminates in their toilet area. At this stage of their life, you will appreciate that the most important part of Puppy Training is to ensure that they don't soil the carpets and tiles of your home. Using a crate for them to sleep and rest in their room could be of help. It is a known fact that dogs do not like to soil their resting place so if they know where their toilet area is, they will control their urge to eliminate as they wouldn't like to make their own little area dirty and uncomfortable. Another important but lesser known aspect of puppy training is the necessity to get your puppy to socialize. A properly socialized puppy is well adjusted and makes a great friend and companion. So invite your friends to come and meet your puppy. It would be psychologically expedient to ask over older friends as well as younger ones and people of different ethnic backgrounds. Let your puppy learn to be free with all sorts of people (and other dogs too) and they will grow up to be a well adjusted dog. In our view, this is one of the most important but little practiced part of training a puppy.
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