There are as many ways to raise a puppy as there are to
raising a child. In fact, one way per family in general! But most of us agree that when it comes to children,
certain things are universal and undisputed. Here are three things that a lot of people just do not think of
when it comes to raising their dogs, however. How many times have we heard, "My dog just won't listen to me", or
"He just won't behave!"
Dogs do not understand English until we teach
them: The thing we all love about puppies
the most is the way they live for us, the way they focus all they have on us, the way our lives become theirs. in
the beginning, they study us to learn our body language, our facial expressions and our language. Until we teach
them the English language, it's all they have. If we say, "Wanna go out?" one day, "Have to go potty?" the next
day, and, "Hafta pee?" the third day, if they DO figure out what we want, it is because we have picked up the leash
and moved toward the door with a happy face! If you want to speed up his training by three-fold, teach him YOUR
language. Pick a command for EACH behaviour and stick with it. Tell all in your family to use the same words and
commands, and your puppy will amaze you at how much faster he learns.
A young puppy's metabolism is racing along faster
than we think: The younger your puppy is,
the faster he is growing, the more food and water he needs to fuel his metabolism, and the more often he has to go
potty. Do not punish your puppy when he makes a house-breaking mistake. These are YOUR fault. Your puppy's age in
weeks and his breed size determine how often he must go out. Once an hour is not too often for a large 6-week old
puppy, especially if it is summertime. Dogs love the exciting smells outdoors, so there is no excuse to not have
him housebroken by 7-8 weeks of age. Right after a nap, after he eats and after grooming are the key times, and he
will signal you. If he is happily chewing a toy and gets up suddenly with his nose to the floor, move quickly! And
every time he goes potty outside, praise him to high heaven! "What a good BOYY!", "GOOD go potty!" and the like.
Dogs love our happy faces, and they will do anything to get it.
Dogs live for our facial expressions and body
language: Because of this, the
worst punishment you ever need to give your dog is a scowl and to turn away from him. You can see his tail
fall down and his face get so sad. He will learn the lesson, I guarantee it. But his attention span is only
3-5 minutes, so do not scorn him any longer. Love him up and give him your happy face again. Physical
punishment is never necessary. Use consistent commands and loving praise and he will know what you want of
him before you know. He will become a master of your body language and facial expressions in no time at
Naturally there are many aspects of training your puppy well.
Loving kindness works just as well for puppies as it does with children, creating a happy, well-adjusted and
obedient dog for life. These three important tips, used consistently with confidence, will start him well on his