Puppy House Training

What exactly is Puppy House Training?

Quite simply it is teaching a puppy what is acceptable behaviour and what is not.


Puppy Induction Visit

I offer a puppy induction visit to your home to provide you with the knowledge and skills to give puppy the best start into it’s new family.

The puppy home visit includes

How dogs learn - How to teach puppy your house rules - How to encourage good puppy behaviour - How to correct unwanted behaviour

I will correct any behaviour problems your puppy may already have and provide expert advice regarding the best training methods

Provide information on

Puppy flea and worm treatment - Collars and leads - Puppy crates - also advice on the healthiest diet - and answer any questions

Puppy House Soiling

For most puppies the first eight weeks are spent in the litter. Puppies will ‘toilet’ where they stand with ’mum’ clearing up the mess for them. By the time they leave the litter this process will be well imprinted in them. When puppy arrives into it’s new home one needs to teach puppies where it now needs to eliminate.

Substrate Training

Substrate training is where puppy associates  eliminating itself, for example concrete, tiles, matting et cetera. If it has been used to toileting on a certain surface it is likely to search out that surface again.

Restrict Movement
First we need to restrict the area puppy is allowed to wander in. Place newspaper over that area. Clean up as soon as the paper is soiled. Gradually reduce the paper to a few sheets which should finish near the exit door.

Learn when puppy needs to ‘go’

Puppies are similar to babies inasmuch as they need to eliminate shortly after feeding. One can soon judge how soon after feeding that puppy will need to ‘go’. If one gets the timing right we should put puppy on a collar and lead and take it to a selected spot in the garden. Hopefully puppy will soon go and we should praise it. As puppy is ‘going’ use a word so as ‘wee wee’, ‘tiddles’, ‘quickly’ or similar. Puppy will soon associate the word with the action.

Never tell puppy off if it has an ‘accident’ toileting where it shouldn’t. It will not understand the reprimand but may then fear ‘going’ in your presence.


Puppy Chewing

It is essential for puppies to chew to maintain the health of their teeth and gums and to provide relief when they are teething. Chewing also relieves anxiety and boredom and is an entertaining pastime.

The dog’s mouth and teeth are also an essential tool for carrying things around.
To prevent unwanted chewing we first need to help puppy understand what it can and should not chew. Puppy chews in the main should not be easily destroyed. Soft toys should be substituted with rubber Kong Toys some of which can be stuffed with food or treats.

Teaching puppy what it can chew

Should puppy start to chew items such as slippers, present both slipper and approved dog chew to puppy. If puppy touches the slipper say ‘NO’ firmly. Then give puppy the dog chew, interacting, playing and praising puppy.

Bitter Apple

Some puppies manage to still chew things
when unattended. In this case there is a product named Bitter Apple which is a spray that can be applied to the article. It smells and tastes unpleasant but can be a good deterrent, (spot test to ensure it does not stain the article).

Tidy up

It is good practice to tidy up regularly so items are not left around for puppy to find.


Teach puppy to wait before feeding

Kong Toys

puppy feeding from kong

puppy chew toy

Puppy House Rules

From the first moments we need to teach the new puppy house rules.One needs to bare in mind puppies grow up and it is far better to teach it one set of rules from the start. Here are the golden rules that need to be adopted from the moment puppy arrives home.

  1. *Have a bed ready in a quite secure place such as the kitchen or utility room, (see crate training). There will be times when puppy needs it’s own space away from the family and vice versa.

  2. *If puppy cries for attention enter the room but do not speak or acknowledge it. Puppies learn to cry for your attention and will continue until if you respond.

  3. *Ration puppies strokes and cuddles. Should it persist for your attention tell it ‘No’ and send it away.

  4. *Do not allow puppy to jump up for attention.

  5. *Let puppy get used to staying in ‘it’s room’ and only allow
    it out as a special treat. You may regret letting puppy wander from room to room.
  6. *Never allow puppy upstairs or into bedrooms.

  7. *Do not keep picking puppy up or allow it onto furniture.

  8. *Do not leave items where puppy may chew them.

  9. *Keep all toxic substances locked into cupboards.

  10. *Discourage family members and visitors from fussing puppy as soon as they enter the house. Encourage them to wait a while before interacting with it.

  11. *Puppy’s toys should come out for a period then put away after use. This will keep puppy interested in them and help teach it when they can be played with. Show puppy how to play with it’s toys as you would with a young child.

  12. *Teach puppy to wait or sit before feeding it. Do not openly share your food.


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Puppy Crate Training

Dog crates are extremely beneficial for new puppies for the following reasons.

They provide a personal space for puppy that it can rest in.

It helps puppy to feel safe and secure.

It prevents puppy from wandering around and toileting or chewing in the home.

Ideally one should teach puppy not to toilet inside the cage.

Crates need to be at least twice the size of puppy allowing for growth in larger breeds.

Think how big will puppy be in 9 months time.

Place puppy’s bedding into the crate. If the crate has a tray in the base cover first with newspaper then lay the bedding in.

Ensure puppy always has a supply of water in a spill proof bowl. Many pet supplies sell bowls that can be hung from the side of the crate to prevent spillage.