Pitbull Puppy Training
If you’re a new puppy owner, one of the things you may not be prepared for is puppies biting. All puppies bite, though. It’s a question of how much, how often and why. Let’s look at some of the reasons for puppies biting and also how to control the problem.
Reason 1 – Separated Too Young:
In the litter, puppies learn a lot about biting. They learn what to bite, how hard to bite and when not to bite. Playing with their brothers and sisters and hearing them yelp if they bite too hard teaches puppies when enough is enough. The problem is that, these days, people aren’t careful about when they take a puppy away from its litter. A puppy should ideally be at least ten weeks old before it’s separated from its mother and litter.
If you have a puppy or plan to get one, you need to train it. One of the ways to do so is with a crate. Crate Training Puppies is a subject that’s been up for debate for many years, though. So, before you decide whether or not to crate train, you should really understand what it is, how to use it and what its benefits are.
What Crate Training Puppies Is:
Crate training basically means getting a crate for your puppy. The idea is that you would put your puppy in his or her crate for short periods of time during the training process, such as when you need to leave them unsupervised to go to the store for a few minutes. Another use is to confine the puppy while you are asleep at night and can’t be constantly watching them.
Many people also use Crates as a step in the housebreaking process for their puppy. Puppies don’t like to urinate or defecate where they are sleeping, so, by crating them for certain amounts of time, people can train them to go outside at specific times.
Whether you’ve decided to get a new puppy or already gone out and gotten one, there are a lot of things that you need to know, as new puppy owners. One of those things is how to go about housebreaking a puppy. After all, the vast majority of dogs, at least in the USA, grow and live mainly in the house with people as companions. If your puppy goes anywhere it wants to, it can make living in your house very unpleasant for both you and your pet.
When it comes to housebreaking, what not to do is more important than what to do. One of the common mistakes that people make in house training a puppy is punishment. If you come home to find an accident on the floor, your instinct is to find the dog, shove his or her nose in it and start yelling. Not only is that cruel and useless, even if you catch the dog in the act, but it’s too late if you don’t see the puppy actually have the accident. Puppies have a short attention span and won’t understand what they’re being punished for, even if there’s only a few minutes between accident and punishment.
Your Puppy’s Training Tool:
A much better way to handle accidents in the home is through a system of positive reinforcement. That is, you should ignore the puppy when he or she has accidents, but reward them with something they enjoy when they go to the bathroom outdoors. Each puppy is different. Some puppies like food. Some like squeaky toys. Some like balls or stuffed animals. Once you find something your puppy likes, use that thing as their training tool/reward system.
To start with, you can’t expect your puppy to be fully house trained and fully reliable before he’s six month of age. That being said,a dog can be house trained between one to six weeks. A lot depends on your puppy’s size and mostly the hard work you put into house training him.
There is also the fact that your puppy won’t have adequate bladder and bowel controls before he’s 16 weeks old. In other words, he’s not able to “hold it” for long periods so you should be extra vigilant all through that period.
But that doesn’t mean that you can’t start house training him the minute he put his paws into your home. It simply means that you have to expect your puppy to have a couple of accidents. But don’t worry, we will guide you through everything you’ll need to deal with these little mishaps, from how to react to how to clean up.