Potty Training (www.the-puppy-dog-place.com)
Housebreaking is at the top of the list of priorities when you have a new puppy in the house!
If you're a first time puppy owner, or it's been a while since you had a young puppy, you're probably going to be surprised by how many times your pup needs to 'go'.
And when the urge strikes, you'll also soon find out that he has no qualms about 'going' just about anywhere.....
That includes (but is not limited to!) under the table, on the Persian rug, behind the sofa (or even ON the sofa if he can climb up there), in the bedroom/kitchen/study.... as you can see, I really do mean anywhere.
Your puppy has no idea that this isn't the way we humans do things, and is totally oblivious to the fact that we think this behavior is unacceptable.
So, it's up to you to help him learn where you expect him to pee/poop as quickly as possible, with love, patience and understanding.
Start Out The Right Way!
The good news is that if you follow my simple, step-by-step guide guide, you'll be able to avoid the majority of 'puddles and piles' and both you and your puppy will be happier!
But don't expect to housebreak your puppy in 5 days, or 7, or 10.... those kinds of expectations are unrealistic and no matter what anyone promises you, it is extremely unlikely that your puppy is going to be housebroken within a week or two.
Of course there are always exceptions, and your little one may be a really quick learner, but it's best to expect the whole process to be ongoing for some weeks to come.
Your pup learns through repetition and by linking cause-and-effect.... when you help him make the right connections (by anticipating his needs and showing him what you expect), he quickly gets into the right habits - ones that he'll follow for lifetime.
BUT, if he's allowed to build up bad habits (such as peeing on the living room floor) it will make life much more difficult than if he gets into the habit of feeling the grass in the backyard on his paws before he lets loose!
Puppy potty training begins the minute you bring your 'baby' home, so being prepared beforehand is always recommended. Here's a look at what you need to get started....
First of all you'll need the following:
This is because most owners have this as their final aim anyway, and if you teach a pup to pee/poop indoors it simply makes the whole process much more confusing, and frustrating, for everyone.
But of course, sometimes there are good reasons for having to potty train a puppy to pee/poop indoors, or on a balcony or porch.
If you're trying to potty train a puppy and you live in a high rise apartment building for example, or if you're disabled or have mobility issues, or if your pup is a very small breed and the weather is extremely bad etc. etc......
In these situations you have a couple of options - pee pee pads, a doggie litter box or an 'indoor doggie toilet'. The pee pee pads are probably the cheapest option in the short term (but they're still not cheap, especially if you plan to have your pup 'go' indoors 90 or 100% of the time)
However, puppy training pads do have drawbacks that make them my least favorite choice personally, although many other dog owners swear by them! A lot of puppies see them as toys, and often prefer to drag them around and chew them up rather than pee on them!
You can find reviews of, and information on, many popular brands of puppy training pads here - Best Puppy Training Pads
A doggie litter box may work better than the pee pads, but some pups prefer to play in the litter (or eat it!).
The third choice is an indoor doggie toilet which is more durable than the pee pads, and not as messy as the litter box. Several of them have 'fake turf' for the pups to use which helps them when you want to transition over to peeing on REAL grass later on.
The initial outlay is a bit more than the first two options, but when you're trying to potty train a puppy you need all the edge you can get!
Cleaning Up Housebreaking Accidents
When you're trying to potty train a puppy there are always going to be occasional accidents - no matter how careful you are or how smart your puppy is!
Whenever this happens you need to clean it up immediately using a special cleaner/deodorizer such as Nature's Miracle Stain & Odor Remover to remove every trace of urine/feces.
Puppies are attracted back to the same areas by their own smell and ordinary household cleaners simply won't do the job of removing all the lingering odor. Although YOU may not smell it, your puppy will, so always use a product that's been specifically designed for the purpose.
Although there are a whole host of dog urine cleaning products on the market today, some are better than others.
You can find a full list of the ones that I personally recommend on my Dog Urine Cleaning Products page.
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Tips on Getting the Most Out of Your Visit
To get the most out of your vet visits, make sure you have information about your pet to help the vet better understand your pet and your dogs problems. If you are visiting your veterinarian for any type of ailment, make sure you know details about the ailment. Your veterinarian will want to know when the problem started, how often it is a problem, and if there are associated symptoms. For example, if your pet is vomiting, they will want to know when it started, how frequent it occurs, if there is blood or other abnormalities, and associated symptoms such as if there diarrhea, if your pet is not eating, or if your pet is acting lethargic?
Finally, make sure you are honest. Don't underestimate what table scraps you feed or anything else about how you care for your pet. If you missed a dose of medication, don't be embarrassed, just tell them the facts. Your veterinarian is there to help you to provide the best care for your pet and they can only do that if they know the facts. To get the most out of your visit with your veterinarian, ask questions. The answers and advice you receive will help you to provide the best possible care for your pet. Here is a list of questions to consider:
1. How much does he weigh?
Find out what your puppy weights and make note of it. Keep track of the weight and notice any study change.
2. What is his body condition score?
What this really means is... if he is too fat or too thin. The body condition score looks at the amount of fat on a dog's frame relative to his overall size. If he is too fat, ask your vet what you can do to help him loose weight. They may recommend that you cut back on his portions or table scraps, change his diet, or increase his activity by going on more walks. If he is too thin, ask for recommendations to address this issue.
3. What should he be eating?
Ask your veterinarian their opinion on the best food to feed your pet. Most vets recommend a good quality premium pet food that offers good quality control and has AAFCO approval formulated to meet the needs of your dogs life stage. For example, if you have a puppy, a common recommendation would be AAFCO approved food to meet the growing demands of puppies. Additionally, it can be further segmented into growing large or small breed dogs. Depending on your dogs' sex, age, weight and overall health, your veterinarian may recommend a formula for less active dogs or a prescription formula that may be beneficial in the presence of an underlying medical condition.
4. Was his physical examination normal?
This may be the most important part of your pets visit to the veterinarian. The examination can help to identify problems early when conditions may be more treatable. Ask if his heart and lungs sounded normal, if his abdomen felt normal on examination and if he overall appears healthy. If not, what is wrong? What can be done?
5. How do his teeth and nails look?
Should you be brushing his teeth? Trimming his nails? If so, will they show you how if you don't already know?
6. Is he getting the vaccines he needs?
Make sure your pet is getting what needs but not more than what he needs. Depending on where your dog lives, his age, and his lifestyle, vaccine recommendations may vary. There are some vaccinations he may not need or he may be at risk for Lyme disease and some other diseases that may be prevented with a vaccine. If your pet boards at a kennel, additional vaccines may be recommended. Rabies is required by law.
7. Does he need heartworm prevention?
Dogs that live in warm climates are at risk for heartworm disease. This can be prevented by a monthly medication. Find out what he should take and when he should take it. Some vets recommend a seasonal approach and others a year around medication. Are pet odors a problem in your home?Yes, mostly dog urine
Yes, mostly doggy odor
Both dog urine and general doggy odors
No, pet odors are not a problem in my home
8. Does he need tick prevention medication?
Depending on where your dog lives and his level of risk, he may benefit from tick control medications. Ticks can carry diseases that can cause severe illness.
9. Does he have worms or need a dewormer?
A fecal examination can help determine if your pet has gastrointestinal worms. Some pets may be routinely dewormed. Some of the heartworm preventative medications also treat gastrointestinal parasites.
10. Should he have any "routine testing"?
Are there any routine tests that should be done to monitor his health for his age? Dogs age differently depending on their breed, size and weight. Some large breed dogs, such as Great Danes, are considered "senior" at 6 or 7 years. Some smaller breed dogs, such as Dachshunds, are not considered senior until 8 or 9 years of age. Many veterinarians recommend routine blood work to assess your pet's organ function on a periodic basis.
11. How do you handle emergencies?
It is always easiest to ask this when you don't have an emergency. Find out what number to call if they handle their own emergencies and if not, find out the number and location for their emergency clinic of choice. Hopefully you won't need it, but if you do, you will be glad you have it.
12. What is the best way to communicate?
Do they accept and answer emails? Can you renew prescriptions or order food in this manner? If so, which address should you use? Or is all their business handled over the phone?
13. How about microchips?
Should your pet have a microchip and if he already has one, can they test it to make sure it is working properly? Microchips are small devices implanted under a dog's skin that helps to identify them if they are lost. Make sure you document the number and the microchip company and number. Ask if the chip is registered to their practice or to you. It is far better to have it registered directly to you.
14. Is there anything you can do to make your pet more comfortable?
This applies most often to senior pets. Does your veterinarian think your pet is in pain? If so, is there something they recommend? There are many new arthritis medications that work well in dogs. Some additional comfort measures may include a special bed for arthritic pets or a ramp to aid arthritic pets to get in and out of the car.
15. Is your pet at risk?
Is your pet at risk for anything that you can prevent or any disease that you should know about? For example, unsprayed dogs are at risk for life-threatening uterine infections that can be prevented by spaying. Some dog breeds are at risk for arthritis and certain types of cancer. Ask what problems your pet might be at risk for and symptoms you should watch for.
Six Tips for Finding a Great Veterinarian
When you bring a new pet into your home, it's important to find a great veterinarian so you know that your new dog or cat will receive the best care and treatment available. This is especially important when you care for a special-needs pet with a disability or chronic illness.
Knowing how to find a good veterinarian can save you time and money. Follow these tips to locate the best veterinarian for your pet:
1. Do your research: Don't just schedule an appointment without doing some background research ahead of time. Talk to your friends and family members about which veterinarians they use and why. Find out if they used to go to a different veterinarian and why they decided to leave. If you have specific questions about how your pet may receive treatment, call the veterinarian's office and find out. Does the office use general or local anesthesia during routine surgeries and treatments? Do they have experience working with large breeds? Does the office have any special financing to help you offset the cost of procedures?
2. Look for certifications: A great veterinarian will have a lot of education and experience. You can call a veterinarian's office to find out where she went to school, which degrees were earned, and if she has any additional certifications. For example, veterinarians who have other certifications — like the American Veterinary Medical Association certification — will have met higher educational and study requirements than a veterinarian without it.
3. Specializations: If you need a veterinarian who has a lot of experience with a specific type of surgery, consider looking for a specialist. Nothing compares to firsthand experience, especially when it comes to veterinarians. A general veterinarian can still perform surgeries, but doctors who specialize may have much more hands-on experience than one who only performs the procedures occasionally.
4. Top-notch facilities: Take a tour of the veterinarian's office so that you can get a firsthand look at the facilities. You want to make sure that your veterinarian's office is equipped with the latest devices and that it looks clean and sterile. For example, you can ask if the veterinarian uses lasers for some surgeries instead of scalpels, and whether they have ultrasound technology as well as X-rays. Do the floors, counter tops, and walls appear clean? Ask the staff how instruments are sterilized.
5. Listening skills: You want a veterinarian to listen to your concerns about your beloved pets, so it is important to find one who will take your thoughts into consideration. Does the vet seem to interrupt you when you speak, or does she really seem to want to hear what you have to say? When a veterinarian listens, it can make you feel like your feelings matter.
6. Consider your pet's personality: Make sure you pick a veterinarian who is the best fit for your pet's needs. Do you have a shy cat who really doesn't like dogs? Perhaps you should look for a cats-only clinic. Do you have a nervous dog who hates loud noises? Look for a clinic with a more tranquil waiting room and fewer clients.
Doing your homework before you choose a veterinarian will help you find the best fit for you and your pet. Don't be afraid to ask questions and make sure your pet is comfortable with his veterinarian. Both you and your pet will be happier — and healthier — in the end.
Choosing a Puppy
(Association of Pet Dog Trainers)
Finding the right pup for and your family should be something that is done with a great deal of thought and care.
Here are a few things to think about before acquiring your puppy.
With information you have gained about the breed of your choice you should now be prepared to go and visit the breeder’s home and to ask questions. A good breeder will also want to ask you questions so that they can decide if you are suitable for their pups.
Breeders should be approachable, willing and able to give you the information you require about the puppies and their parenting. They should also be able to supply you with information on; worming, inoculations, and feeding.
If they are Kennel Club registered obtain a certificate or a written document that says they will forward it to you as soon as it is received from the Kennel Club.
Always visit the breeder’s home. Do not to have the puppy delivered because you will never really know what the mother is like in temperament nor will you know what type of environment the pup was brought up in. It is important to meet the mother of the pups and if possible the father. Visiting also means you have a chance to talk with the breeder, look at any paperwork, see how the mother is with you and the pups, how the pups are with each other and their environment.
It is not always possible to see the father because they don’t always belong to the owner of the mother. However, it is necessary to see how sociable they or at least the mother is with people. Does the mother look like the breed? Are the parents clean, healthy, and happy? Do the parents have any obvious physical, temperament, or behaviour problems? Are the parents cowering away from you, are they aggressive or do they run away from you? Are the parents barking at you? Puppies can grow up to be like their parents so if you see any of the above problems it is possible that the puppies will grow up with the same problem.
The parents of the pups should be at least 12 months of age when the puppies were conceived. The larger breeds should be at least 2 years of age, as they take longer to grow and mature. Bitches should have had at least one season before being bred from. Bitches should not be bred from after the age of 8 years and should not have produced more than 6 litters.
At 4 weeks the puppies should be weaned onto a solid diet.
Find out what food the puppy is eating.
Puppies should legally not be sold at less than 6 weeks old.
Ideally a puppy should be 8 weeks of age when they go to a new home this allows for the mother to have completed her disciplinary training of the pups such as teaching bite inhibition. This time is a very important learning time for the pups they learn how to interact and communicate with other dogs properly. However, not every mother is good at discipline and in large litters the mother can not always get around to them all so if they are left with their siblings too long some may become bullies. Therefore puppies are usually recommended for sale at 8 to 10 weeks of age.
Once the decision has been made the breeder should supply you with all the necessary paperwork and a diet sheet telling you exactly what, how much, and when the pup is fed. It is very important not to change the diet immediately as this can cause stomach upset.
Remember it will be stressful for the pup to leave its family and to go into a new home with virtual strangers. Allow your pup time to adjust to its new environment and people. Try and keep everything calm and gentle in order that every new experience for your new pup is a nice one. It is important for the puppy’s happy adjustment that the puppy’s new life is not overwhelming.
DEVELOP A GOOD PUPPPY SOCIALISATION PROGRAMME
Look at different breeds and gain some knowledge of them before making a final choice on breed or breed type.
Once breed is chosen gain more knowledge of the breed
Plan for the puppy’s arrival
a) Puppy proof any areas the pup will be allowed in e.g. make areas safe where there are electrical wires, make sure valuables are always out of reach, make garden escape and danger proof etc.
A puppy needs
b) Food – nutritionally balanced diet
e) Physical contact
f) The best of physical care
g) A calming environment
h) A good balance of mental and physical exercise
Give the puppy his own bed and a space where he can always have a quiet time and space to himself.
a) A pup must be allowed to sleep and rest
Puppies need supervised and appropriate play with children and adults in order that they do not get overexcited and wound up.
Puppies should not be over walked, too much exercise can cause stress physically and mentally on a pup.
Create a kind regime for toilet training
Do not let other dogs, children or adults harass or play roughly with the puppy
Handle puppy daily and start grooming with a soft brush in order that this will be accepted for life
Puppies need the freedom to make choices
Create an enriched environment; this helps the puppy to gain knowledge and confidence through exploration and to make their own choices. However, care must be taken that the puppy is not given too much too soon. This should be done gradually, perhaps introducing something new each day, but care must be taken not to give inappropriate experiences.
Puppies need things to chew once teething starts, make sure they always have appropriate items to chew in order to keep them from chewing your things. Also consider giving occupying toys, as these are not only great for the food reward but can be mentally stimulating.
If pup shows fear of a situation, another dog, another animal, a person or anything, do not force pup to confront it. Try not to make any soothing tones or mollycoddle the pup because this will only feed the pup’s fears. Let the pup make the decision whether to investigate or not, give praise when they do.
Pups should see different kinds of people e.g. short, tall, fat, thin, different colours, with glasses, without glasses, with and without beards or hats and be handled by different people but supervise this and make sure the pup is happy with the person and the situation – not all at once of course.
Pups should learn about different textures underfoot, different times of day, different weather, different sounds, smells, tastes, things to touch and things to see e.g. vets, towns, the countryside, people’s homes and gardens, the sea, children playing etc.
Puppies need good experiences but not too much too soon. Puppies are like sponges up to the age of 12 weeks, so care should be taken as to just what they do absorb. The puppy should not be flooded with too many new things or people at once. The pup should be made to feel comfortable with non-threatening situations.
Puppies need warmth, love, kindness, understanding, company and knowledgeable care. Puppies need good experiences in order to grow into well-balanced dogs.
Hi, my name is Terry. I manage this website for my furbaby, Daisy. When I first became interested in the Shichons, I found it was difficult to get information on them. A few sites, I am using for information are excellent sources. Then, I moved on to compile and share more information on choosing a good breeder, grooming, health, behavior, training and much more. I hope you enjoy this site and find it helpful. I am NOT promoting any information, just sharing. You and your vet know what is best for your baby.