Frequently Asked Questions

People who are successful with their puppies:

  1. Get into a routine and stick to it every day
  2. Practice training in both set up, formal sessions and in day to day situations as needed. Think of it as real world training, and because of generalizing it has to be taught in the situation you want him to do it in.
  3. Are patient and even with the puppy
  4. Use lots of rewards of different types (food, toys, praise) in the beginning so that the puppy develops a desire to obedience.
  5. Are consistent with expectations and rules
  6. Meet the puppy's basic needsfor mental and physical stimulation. If these needs are not met the puppy will demand they be met or meet them himself in inappropriate ways.
  7. Always set up to be successful.
  8. Allow the puppy to be a puppy sometimes.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What if there is more than 1 person practicing and they work with the puppy differently?
    Because of generalizing, the puppy has to relearn with different people anyway so this is no big deal as long as the basic rules are being followed.
  2. How often should we practice and for how long?
    Ideally you will practice in 3 5-10 minute set up formal session plus lots of real world training daily. If you have 5 people in the house, each person does one session and your puppy got extra practice.
  3. Does tone of voice matter?
    No, but speak simply. You can confuse a puppy by mixing the information and motivation Ex. No said harshly mixes information- he did something incorrectly with motivation - I do not want to make mom/dad angry.
  4. I have a new issue/thing I'd like to teach my puppy.
    Use the basic rules to get there. They apply to all learning with dogs.
  5. My puppy will not do it without a treat.
    Use better rewards for better behaviors. Your puppy can only earn the treat by not needing to see it.