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Puppy Training – Toilet Training Your Puppy

By Al Murray

Toilet training your puppy is a necessity to avoid unwanted mishaps around the house. Toilet training your puppy involves marking a designated spot, usually the garden, that your puppy should use for the toilet.

Every dog should be taught household manners as soon as they enter the house, They need to know where they can and cannot go to relief themselves. As with any form of dog training, successful toilet training requires patience, consistency and reward.

Tips for Toilet Training a Puppy

  • Start the moment you get your puppy home for the first time. Head immediately for the garden, wait until your puppy has had a pee or defecated, and praise them for doing well. Your puppy has probably had a long journey home and this offers a perfect opportunity to start setting the ground rules.
  • Take your puppy to the garden after feeding. Eating stimulates the digestive system of a puppy and they will need to go within 20 minutes of eating.
  • Reward, but never punish your puppy. When they get it right, be sure to offer plenty of praise and a dog treat to encourage them to do the same behaviour more often. Let them know that they have done well and you are very proud of them.
  • Use a cue word whilst your puppy relieves themselves. This cue word will become associated with the action so that you can prompt your puppy when you want them to go.
  • Stick to a routine. Getting into a good routine is essential for successful toilet training. Take your puppy outside first thing in the morning, after feeding and regularly throughout the day if possible.
  • Look for signs of when they want to go. Learning your pets habits will help greatly in spotting this signs. Puppies have weak bladders and will only offer a small window for you to successfully get them outside.

Common Puppy Toilet Training Mistakes

Be sure not to make any of the following toilet training mistakes. A consistent training routine is an effective one.

  • Punishing your puppy. Never punish your puppy if they relieve themselves in the house. Hitting your pet or rubbing their nose in their mess will undo any good training you have been doing.
  • Feed your puppy regularly using good quality dog food. A poor diet and irregular feeding pattern can make it difficult to keep to a routine.
  • Don’t wait for your puppy to give you the signs that they need to go. You will be more successful by catching it before it happens by taking them outside regularly. Be sure to reward immediately after they are done,
  • Excitement can lead to your puppy losing control of their bladder. If this happens try and hide your own excitement of seeing your best friend until after you have taken them outside and they have relieved themselves.
  • Be sure that the household use the same cue word for when they go to the toilet. Different messages can confuse your puppy and lead to ineffective training.
  • Don’t be lazy. Stick to your routine. The results of having a well mannered and controlled pet will be worth all the hard work.

Following the puppy toilet training tips listed above, and avoiding the common mistakes, will ensure that your puppy will know where they should be going to do their business before long. And you will be glad you made the effort.

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Apr 03, 2012 | 0 | Puppies, Training

How To Crate Train A Puppy – Don’t Forget These Rules!

By Alyssa Stevens

One of the BIGGEST challenges of owning a puppy is potty training. It’s a huge issue for most dog owners, and if you’re reading this article then I’m sure you’re finding this out the hard way. Am I right?

If you’ve done your research, you know that the first step in this process is crate training. Puppies and dogs both like their sleeping quarters to be clean. In the wild, wolves keep their dens impeccably clean, leaving their “houses” to eliminate outside the den. They don’t like to potty where they sleep! Learning how to crate train a puppy is the first step.

So, as good dog owners we need to replicate this system. We do this by choosing a crate that is big enough to allow the puppy to stand, sit, and turn around in but small enough that he can’t eliminate in a corner and be able to get away from it in the other side of the crate. When you choose the right crate, the process becomes simple. All you’ll need besides the crate is a washable dog bed to keep him comfortable.

But we’re not done yet!

Crate training puppies can be a little more difficult than training fully grown dogs. Older dogs seem to catch on a lot easier. Take my Labrador mix for example! She was nearly a year old when I adopted her and she caught on immediately. Whereas my Pomeranian, who I adopted as a small puppy, was terribly stubborn. Sometimes it just takes puppies longer to understand!

One of the biggest challenges of this process is crate training puppies at night. I hear owners complaining about this ALL the time! Oftentimes new puppies become frightened. Just think about it… they’re in a strange place without their mother or siblings. That’s terribly scary for a little puppy! Crate training puppies at night often comes along with a lot of crying, whimpering, and digging.

In some cases, the whining and crying that comes with crate training puppies at night is just them telling you that they need to go outside. A puppies bladder is not as big as a full grown dog. They simply can’t hold it that long, and until your puppy gets a little older, you may have to sacrifice a little sleep each night to take him or her outside.

In other cases, your puppy may just be crying for attention. This is the downside to crate training puppies. They don’t like to be left alone for long! But your puppy must learn to sleep the night through, and if you want your puppy not to grow up to be spoiled (just like children, spoiled dogs are not nice to be around) then you need to ignore it. If you have to put the crate in another room, then do it. You will be doing more harm than good and reinforcing this bad behavior by catering to your puppy every time he wants out. Eventually he’ll learn that he doesn’t get what he wants (a.k.a. to get out of the crate!) by crying, and he will stop.

Another tip for crate training that I am going to offer up is to stick to a schedule.

At night, before bed, don’t give your puppy food or water after seven o’clock. Take him out right before you go to bed, and make sure you take him IMMEDIATELY outside. If this means picking him up and carrying him to the yard, then do it. If you give him even the slightest chance, he will potty on your favorite rug!

Now that you know how to crate train a puppy, you have the tools you need to continue the training process which will last his whole life. Good luck!

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Nov 06, 2011 | 0 | Puppies, Training

Dogs 101: Puppies 101 : First four weeks

The first four weeks for a puppy.

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Jun 19, 2011 | 0 | Puppies

Puppy Dog Grooming Basics

By Wendon Lee

For show dogs, correct grooming and expensive care is essential for placing and winning in shows. For the everyday house dog, nevertheless, grooming is simple and laid-back, simple to do at home and particularly enjoyable with puppies. Puppies are fun-loving and energetic, and surprisingly simple to groom. Just 3 simple steps in the grooming process and your puppy may be clean, looking great and have healthy skin and nails until next time.

Probably the most fun of the three steps, washing a pup can be done in multiple different methods with almost limitless choices. A bathtub for inside dogs or a large storage tub for outside dogs will work, or even a water hose and some running around. You will find dozens of puppy shampoos accessible on the market, but making certain you get one that can be used on your age pup is important. Try buying one that includes flea treatment to keep his skin healthy.

The second big step in an easy grooming process for your puppy is brushing and clipping. Depending on the breed of your puppy, you can buy a soft bristled brush or a wide-toothed one for brushing your pup’s hair. Another option would be to buy a brush that collects shedding fur as you brush, keeping down on furniture fur. Clipping a puppy’s nails may be tricky and painful for both puppy and owner, but possible. Attempt getting a friend to help you hold the pup still while you clip, or you may wish to resort to getting him clipped professionally to steer clear of discomfort and ensure a great job.

Skin Treatments
A step that numerous individuals overlook when grooming their puppies is the use of skin treatments. These treatments can help encourage healthy skin, keep fleas and ticks at bay, as well as reduce shedding if used properly. After grooming is whenever you ought to use flea and tick treatments and any unique skin creams your vet might have suggested. Puppies with worms have dry noses and often require creams, for example. Flea and tick treatments work finest when they are able to spread effortlessly through clean hair, so applying them or any flea sprays following bathing is really a great idea.

Grooming may be a weekly activity that’s enjoyable for the whole family and keeps the new puppy clean and house-friendly. It is important to use grooming as a time for fun and bonding with a new pup as well as a time to keep him healthy inside and out.

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Jun 14, 2011 | 0 | Dog grooming, Puppies

When Is My Child Ready For A Pet?

By Tabatha Carithers

My daughter is four years old, and she feels that she is able and ready to take care of a pet. She normally asks me about once a week hoping that I will change my mind and buy a cute puppy for her.

I have a strong belief that any pet should be treated and considered as a new edition to your family. Pets come with basically the same responsibilities as caring for a child or the elderly. All pets need daily care, attention, food, water, and love.Is a four-year old ready to deliver such a resposibility?I wasn’t sure about the answer to that question, so I decided to give her a test.

It was December of 2010 when my mother and I discussed what we were going to do to see if she was ready for a pet. My mother used the same idea that she used for me when I was 9. We bought her a FurReal Friends GoGo My Walkin’ pup. The first two days she was scared of the walkin’ pup.Then when she learned it wasn’t a real puppy, she began to get really rough with the pup. She would throw it around and her one year old brother would drag it on its side while yanking on its leash. Every once in a while they would pretend to give it food and water. By the end of January she was no longer interested in the FurReal Friends GoGo My Walkin’ pup.

That told me a lot about how a one and four-year old would treat a real puppy. This test quickly made me realize they wouldn’t be ready to take on the responsibilities until they were a bit older.

It is said, that a child this young can’t completely take care of themselves yet, which only concludes they will not be able to completely take care of anything else. I will definitely test her again in about five to six years from now. by then she will have learned to be more responsible, loving, caring and can better take care of herself.

Although the pet test was done with a “fake” puppy, it still served the same purpose and got me the answer that I needed. If your child is constantly asking you to get them a pet, get creative and give them a pet test to find out if your child is ready for a real pet or not.

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May 30, 2011 | 0 | Choosing your dog, Looking after your dog, Puppies

New Puppy Basics

By Nancy Cope

A Basic Puppy Book

If you already know the type of breed of puppy you’re about to purchase, it will help if you know a bit about the breed first. Will the puppy be more aggressive or cool-tempered? How will you train your puppy? Understanding the basics of your dog’s personality will certainly make the entire process of caring for the pup much easier in the long run.

A Bed

Obviously, puppy needs a place to sleep. It’s best to ensure that your pup’s bed is as comfortable as possible and that it is a bed that they can grow into. Don’t simply provide them a pillow and a blanket and then take it away once they get a little older. Think in terms of a bed that they will be able to keep for years to come. Also, consider the location of the bed.

Stain Remover

Knowing that there will be a few accidents is to be expected. You may need to stock up on a few odor and stain-removing solutions, as all puppies have the tendency to “go” just about everywhere – at least in the beginning. Until your pup is trained, you’re going to need tons of cleaning supplies.

Nail Clippers

One thing that a lot of pet-owners do not think about is their pup’s toenails – that is until they start growing. In addition, decide whether you will be the one clipping you pup’s nails or if you prefer someone else to do the job. Talk to any friends or relatives whom you prefer to clip your pet’s nails, as they are relatively easy to bleed if clipped too short.

A Name Tag and Collar

Collars and name tags can be purchased from your local vet’s office, and are an excellent way to prevent future accidents from occurring. For example, if your pup gets lost and the animal control picks them up, they will have no way of knowing who he belongs to unless you contact them yourself. Likewise, if your pup ends up with someone else, they may just keep them instead of returning them home.


A leash is always a necessity and is an effective way to ensure that your pet receives enough exercise. In addition, leashes are also wonderful training devices. If your pup will be staying outside, consider purchasing a runner as well, which is a long cable that is hooked from one tree to another. Runners are effective for keeping your dog from escaping the yard without caging them in, still providing them with plenty of room to run free.


Toys are the most exciting necessity to shop for before buying a puppy. There are chewy toys, squeaky toys, and toys that jingle. You will probably notice that your puppy has a playful nature right away, and it is highly recommended that you begin playing with you pup at an early age as well as letting others play with him as well to ensure that he is friendly and outgoing.

Article by Nancy Cope a proud owner of 4 rescue dogs and owner of Pampered Dog Gifts an online dog boutique that specializes in special gifts for pampered pooches. Please visit to shop for puppy toys, gourmet treats, collars, gift baskets and more for your spoiled pup.

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May 24, 2011 | 0 | Puppies

The Importance Of Early Socialisation

By Emma Hope

Nothing, I repeat nothing, is more important than early socialisation for your puppy. There are many that will tell you that basic obedience comes first. It doesn’t! Trust me on this, teaching sit, stay, lie etc will be so much easier if you have your dogs full attention for a few minutes and you are never going to have that if he is off investigating or running away from things that he has never encountered before.

Your puppy has five very important senses. These are sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. Socialisation stimulates all of these senses. Not only that but very early socialisation prepares your puppy to deal with new situations that he will encounter throughout his lifetime.

During my years as a dog trainer I came to realise that poor socialisation in the early days is the number one cause of behaviour problems in not just puppies but older dogs too. I cannot stress enough how vitally important it is to stimulate those five senses by exposing your dog to lots of new situations and experiences in the first weeks of his life.

Our own dog Ted is virtually bomb proof. He was very sick as a puppy and only just pulled through but from the minute he was better I took him everywhere. He had to be carried as he hadn’t had his vaccinations at that point but nevertheless, I took him everywhere. I carried him through the busy shopping centre, I sat at bus stations with him, walked along some of the busiest roads, visited friends houses, exposed him to water, took him to the busiest dog park and even sat on a bench watching the noisiest road works. I knew that it was vital that Ted was exposed to all the things that he would be likely to encounter in everyday life. Ted is a very well adjusted three year old now. He is not frightened of anything at all. Not one thing. He doesn’t like the hoover but he is in no way frightened of it. He’s not even frightened of fireworks. He is confident and bold. He will approach danger or any threat without a second thought if any member of our family needs protecting.

I don’t believe that I was just lucky with Ted. I put in hours and hours of socialisation and training for him and it has given him a quality of life that he might not have had. How many times do you hear someone say “he’s frightened of his own shadow but he’s happy.” Is he? Is he really? Try living with anxiety your whole life, how happy would you be!

I need to add at this point that you absolutely must not, under any circumstances, nurture any emotion that your puppy shows signs of during socialisation. You need to make him realise that it’s the most natural thing in the world that he is being exposed to. For example, on the day Ted and I watched the loud road works he started to shake slightly. Every fibre of your being wants to stroke him and talk in that comforting baby way that we do to children. Do not do it! Do not stroke or alter your normal voice in any way at all. Just talk to him in your usual voice, relax and stay calm. You will see your puppy relax into the situation in no time at all. If you stroke your puppy and talk in a higher pitched voice, you are essentially reinforcing that it’s okay to be nervous of what he is experiencing. It’s not okay. You need to work through it until it becomes the most natural thing in the world.

In the first twelve weeks (sixteen at a push) of your puppies life he is like a sponge. He absorbs information more during that time than at any other time of his life. Just like babies do. Do not waste those weeks. Go out and stimulate those wonderful senses of his and be proud that you are giving him the greatest start in life. It’ll pay dividends.

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Apr 26, 2011 | 0 | Puppies, Training

How To Choose Dog Names For Your Puppy

By Athena Andris

If you just added a new puppy or dog to your family, one of the first orders of business is naming your pup. Your dog’s name is an important part of how he will be perceived by others and the way they react to him, so the name you choose is important. Just think about it this way….

You are at the dog park and in the off-leash area you hear an owner call out to his dog: Bruiser, Dagger, or Lucifer, come here. Now ask yourself, would you think twice about going into the area with your little Snowball?

So just how do you go about choosing a great name for your dog?

5 Steps for Choosing Dog Names

  1. Type of Dog – What breed of dog do you own? Search the breed traits to help narrow down your choices. If you have a strong, bold, fearless breed you can lean towards a name that fits those traits like Hercules and vice versa.
  2. Physical Characteristics – Use your dog’s physical features to help you decide on a name. Does your new dog have any distinguished markings? For instance, a white dog with black fur just around his eyes could be named Zorro!
  3. Personality – Watch and play with your new puppy a few days to see what his personality is really like. A super playful pup could be called Zippy, whereas the pup that just wants to sleep all day could be called Slumber.
  4. Sex of dog – You can narrow your choices down further depending on whether your dog is a male or female. Or you can decide on a unisex name for your pet.
  5. Command sounding names – Stay away from names rhyming with commands. A dog named Shay might confuse his name with the command Stay.

A few more tips to naming your dog

Make it a family decision: If you have children in your family, have everyone suggest names for your new dog or puppy. Once everyone contributes, vote on the names as a family to narrow down to the final name. Your dog’s name should be one the entire family likes.
Get inspiration from your favorite things: There are lots of different sources you can use to get inspiration for names. Try your favorite comic book heroes, celebrity names, city names, or choose your favorite clothing designer’s name or brand names, like Gucci. The possibilities are endless.

Just remember whatever dog name you choose for your new family member, you will be using it quite often each and everyday, so be sure you like the name and it is one your dog will easily respond to.


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Dec 18, 2010 | 0 | Choosing your dog, Puppies, Rescue Dogs, Tips

Stop Puppy Chewing

By Harvey A Parker

Dogs don’t get angry or jealous and decide to chew your things to be spiteful. They are just doing a natural behaviour. They do it because they are bored or anxious, not because they are being petty or malicious. If you leave a poodle alone for long periods of time they get very restless due to the fact that they are very active dogs. If you always come home at a certain time and you are late, your dog may become anxious. Destructive chewing is not a punishment for being late. Dogs use chewing as a form of occupational therapy to release energy and relieve stress. Don’t punish your dog if you come home and find he has chewed or destroyed something.

You can stop puppy Chewing Problems with passive training

Do not give him free, unsupervised run of your house, until your dog can be trusted not to destroy your home and yard. Consider crate training, which is a very effective way to keep him in a small but good safe space. To stop puppy chewing up your property, clutter the area with lots of different toys. He will learn to chew and play with his own toys, since he will have no other choice of things to chew. Have interesting toys.

You can soak rawhide and long marrow bones in different flavoured soups. Let them dry and give a different flavour to the dog each time you leave him alone. Sterilized marrow bones and Kong toys can be stuffed with liver treats or cheese. This will give your poodle hours of entertainment, trying to get the treats out. Bury these toys in the dog’s digging pit.


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Dec 04, 2010 | 0 | Puppies, Training

Puppy Nutrition: Tips That You Must Know

By Grace Villaflor

You may be surprised to learn that nutrition is a bit of a controversial subject nowadays. There are a plethora of homemade diets (both cooked and raw) and various dog foods out there; however, most advocates will tell you that their diet is the best.

The reality is that unless you know what you’re doing and have a diet analyzed, homemade and raw diets can be risky due to potential deficiencies and bacteria. They can be costly and somewhat inconvenient to prepare as well. If you choose to do the homemade or raw diets, be sure to discuss them with your veterinarian and perhaps a veterinary nutritionist to determine if you’re meeting all the nutritional requirements your dog’s needs.

If you’re not interested in raw or homemade diets, there are plenty of good puppy foods available. In most cases, skip the grocery store and bargain brands because they tend to be chock-full of sugar, salt, artificial colors, flavors, and fillers that do nothing nutritionally. Although grocery stores occasionally carry premium brands, the best place to look for puppy food is a pet supply store or even a feed store. Look for a premium dog food formulated according to AAFCO(American Association of feed Control Officials) guidelines as complete and balanced for growing puppies or for all life stages.

The basic rules for choosing a puppy food are these:

- The puppy food must be complete and balanced and have some statement of meeting or exceeding AAFCO guidelines for formulation or in feeding trials. It must be formulated either for all life stages or for growth.
- The puppy food should be a premium brand. “Premium” is only a marketing term; nevertheless, you need to look for a food that is highly digestible.
- You should be able to buy the puppy food at more than one retailer near you.
- Your puppy likes the food.

Look at the dog food’s label for feeding guidelines. Most dog food have some sort of feeding guidelines for size and age of your. If doesn’t, ask your veterinarian what would be an appropriate amount for your puppy.


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Nov 30, 2010 | 0 | Puppies