This page is to help you with the transition of your pup to his new home. I will have house breaking tips and more. Page in progress.
Bringing new pup home.
Please know that the first day you bring your pup home, your pup will be stressed out. You may have been planning for a long time to get a pup, and rightly so, are very excited, but the pup is not aware of these plans and becomes stressed on leaving his birth family.Take your pup straight home. Please do not stop by pet stores, family members houses, parks, ect, on your way home. Minimizing activity around your pup the day you bring him home will reduce his stress some.
Before you bring your pup home--have a plan on house breaking. I will tell you there is no easy method. There are less stressful ways of training a pup to pee where you want him to if you just take that first week to set him on a schedule and dont deviate from it. It is time comsuming to begin with but very rewarding if you stick to a schedule. A pup can not hold pee for long periods of time. Period. You need a couple of days to set your pup on a routine. Please find a way to stay at home with your pup for at least 2 or 3 days to a week to set him on a schedule. Leaving a 9 wk old pup at home for 9 hours a day without any human supervision and potty periods is well, would you leave your 3 yr old home alone for 9 hours? If leaving work is not an option then find a friend or neighbor or someone that can help you with the pup for a week or so.
In taking your pup outside to pee, dont play or otherwise acknowledge him/her till she has done her buisness. I take the pups out every morning before 7 am. I sit them down on the ground and back away till they have pottied. The youngest pups will want to jump up on my legs and want some playtime. I do not allow this simply by walking in a circle quickly to get their attention off of me. By walking past them and not acknowledging them, they put their attention on the matter at hand which is going potty. Afther they have finished, I then bend down, call them, and pet them.
Puppies look to you and your ATTITUDE AND EMOTION to sculpt his personality. You can creat phobia's in dogs by YOU over reacting to situations, example --storms. Also know that dogs bark when they are excited about something. When a human yells, a dog hears and sees this as barking. This is why yelling at puppies/dogs never works.
Puppies brains are like sponges for the first 6 months of their life. How you react to the environment and situations is teaching your pup how to act in his own life. Please be aware of this.
When using treats to train your little guy, use very small pieces. The picture below is a sample of the size treats I use for a small toy puppy. The four pieces to the left of the spoon are enough treat for 4, 10 min sessions. To the right of the spoon is a piece from the left divided.