Klassi Kritters

Klassi Kritters Tips-N-Tools

With the first of the litter leaving the nest, Kzug, I will dedicate this space to house training.  The puppies are now 10 weeks old, vaccinated and heart worm prevented.  The next step is to get them house trained.  House training is not hard if you follow specific directions.  First of all, do not allow the puppy to explore the entire house.  Keep puppy with you, take outside to a specific location and tell puppy "business".  Teaching puppy to go on command will help with house training, make it easy to get them to go right before entering a mall, makes it easy for the person getting the dog, makes it easy while traveling and so much more.  House training takes patience, consistency and persistency.  Taking puppy to the same location will not only get puppy house trained, it will also get puppy trained to a specific location.  Dogs for the most part are clean animals, they don't want to soil their location.  With a lot of praise when doing good, puppy will learn quickly.  Timing on your part helps too.  When should you take puppy out? Soon after eating, after playing, after napping, first thing in the morning and after crate time.  Young puppies have about a two hour bladder control.  At about sixteen weeks the puppy begins to have a little more bladder control, which gives a little more time inbetween outings.  When placing puppy to bed, in the crate, the body shuts down and puppy won't have to go out as often as daytime.  Young pups may need to go out during the night.  Listen for the 'potty' whine, which is very different from any other sound.  Placing the crate near you will help.  Feeding on a routine will help with the training.  Feed three times a day, approximately the same time and let outside soon after eating.  At six months you can go to twice a day feeding, still letting outside after eating.  When you can't watch puppy directly, place puppy in the crate (example: when you need to shower and can't watch the puppy).  The crate is puppies den, so to speak.  Think of the wolf pack and compare the crate to the wolf pack's den.  You are creating your puppy a den, also called a 'safe place'.  It helps build bladder and bowel control and helps with house training.  Watching your puppy at all times will get her/him house trained.  After the training is complete, puppy will have earned more rights to your den!


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