Top Ten Tips for Training Your Puppy

  1. Training should begin at 10 weeks of age or older.
  2. Never repeat a command. Say it once, loud and clear. Repeating is a sign of weakness.
  3. Never say your pet’s name and the word “no” together. This is not their last name. Your pet’s name is for positive reinforcement, not negative.
  4. Use high-pitched tones for positive reinforcement.
  5. Use low pitched tones for negative reinforcement
  6. Ideally, use positive reinforcement 2/3 of the time and negative reinforcement 1/3 of the time.
  7. “Punish,” means low pitched verbal reinforcement, never physical punishment.
  8. Dogs forget within 5 seconds, so there is little point to use reinforcement after that period of time.
  9. Frequent short walks set at regular intervals*, to a designated area for elimination, and then back to the crate, for 2-3 weeks of training.
  10. The crate should be big enough for your pup to turn around while inside, but not too big so he/she can poop at the far end.

A helpful equation:

Puppies can hold their bladder (in hours): their age in months + 1

i.e. 3 months +1 = 4 hours

You can contact Brett Shelby at 845 6427706, for in house training.