Obedience training is a MUST in order to help establish a healthy bond and relationship with your dog, regardless of size or breed. Good doggy manners and socialization are vital to establishing your dog as a solid canine citizen.
Obedience training and obedience classes are fun and help to build a stronger bond between pet and owner. Puppies can start classes at as young as 8 weeks old. This training establishes boundaries and acceptable behavior as well as canine social skills that will help to prevent negative encounters between family, friends and strangers and the dog. Consult with one of our veterinarians to discuss potential training options and ask for recommendations about good trainers in your area.
Housebreaking efforts should begin as soon as your puppy arrives in your home. It is important to establish a routine; puppies should be taken out to go to the bathroom immediately upon waking and just before bedtime. Most puppies will not be able to “hold it” for long periods of time so they will also need to be taken out every hour or two to use the bathroom, specifically after playtime, meal time or nap time. As your puppy begins to understand the concept of housetraining, you can slowly increase the time between bathroom breaks.
When you take your puppy out to go to the bathroom, take them to the same spot every time and praise them immediately and enthusiastically when they go to the bathroom. Do not distract them. Keep play time and affection for after they use the bathroom outside.
For more helpful tips on housebreaking your canine companion, please feel free to discuss techniques and issues you are having with our veterinarians.