Puppy Training Class

If you’re considering a puppy training class you may have been wondering what it actually looks like. This video example should give you an idea of what you’re going along to.

How to Crate Train a Puppy Video

A great video on how to crate train a puppy. Well worth a watch if you’re starting, or considering starting, crate training.

Training Session Example

Sometimes when the training just isn’t working out you can get a little discouraged and throw your hands in the air. I always say puppies (and dogs in general) want to please you they just always know exactly what it is you wan from them. This video is a great example of a training session and shows exactly what I’ve been talking about.

Mike Wombacher Puppy Training Tips

These are some great puppy training tips from Mike Wombacher. Well worth a watch for any puppy owner.

How to Potty Train a Shih Tzu

This video shows a good example of a Shih Tzu using an Wizdog indoor dog potty. Apparently it took five days to train the puppy to use it.

How To Potty Train a Puppy Video

Ah great Howcast video guide on how to potty train a puppy.

How to potty train a puppy – Housebreaking your dog

A great video guide from howdini on how to house break your dog.

How to House Train a Puppy : When to Praise

This video from EV looks at how to house train a puppy and when to praise – which is important to get right.

How to Potty Train a Puppy

There have been a lot of requests for more how to potty train a puppy videos so we looked around for some great ones to share with you. Everyone learns through different mediums but keep in mind it can only help you train your puppy to know more and looking at our other articles like how to potty train a rescue.

These first videos from eHow gives a good look at how to potty train a puppy. For the most part, these videos tell you everything you need to know. This kind of basic understanding is everything you need to get started on your training. While everything else can help, if you keep these key points in mind you, and your puppy, are off to a great start.

This next video gives a basic look at housebreaking a puppy and is certainly worth a watch when learning how to potty train a puppy. A great point from this video is how quickly a young pup can have an accident so it’s important to watch for the cues. It also reiterates something I love about puppy training – a young puppy wants to make their owner happy and they enjoy treats. These things (the carrot) is far better to train your new puppy than the newspaper or rubbing it’s nose (the stick).

How to Train a Puppy Not to Bite

Since it’s that time of year we’re hunting down some of the best video guides to help families train their new puppies. To start of with, we’re looking at how to train a puppy not to bite and this is a great guide which is a must watch for anyone with this problem. Credits go to expert village.

Getting a Puppy For Christmas

There seems to be some stigma over people getting a dog for Christmas. The well known line a dog is for life not just for Christmas always holds true but there is nothing wrong with getting your family a dog for Christmas if you understand and are prepared for the responsibilities involved. My parents brought home our first dog on Christmas day and most of the people I told would instantly tell me ‘oh but you have to look after it all the time!’. I was told by someone this year they felt uneasy getting their family a young puppy for Christmas because of what people would think. This person understands the responsibilities, would be incredibly suited to taking care of a dog but was left feeling guilty at the thought.

There is nothing wrong with getting a dog for Christmas. If you are aware of the responsibilities.  If you feel you have the time and resources to include a dog in your family and you have done your research properly then a young puppy can be a great gift for the family. If you are not certain however, then certainly do not take the gamble. It’s not worth it to put another living creatures health and happiness on the coin flip that you’ll have time to properly take care of them. Put something else under the tree and perhaps get a puppy in the future when you and your family are ready for the responsibility.

If you are unable to physically collect your new puppy before Christmas day then you could place a dog bed, toys and perhaps a picture under the tree for Christmas morning. It’s important to take your time to make sure your puppy will be safe and healthy before including them in your family. It’s also a good time to educate the rest of the family on caring for the young pup before they arrive in the house. The articles here on how to potty train a puppy should help but be sure to read and watch as much as you can, there is more than just training your puppy to worry about.

So let us forget this social stigma. If you are completely prepared then getting a puppy for Christmas can be a very rewarding experience and certainly a top gift for yourself and the rest of the family.

Puppies Playing in Snow

Tis the season so I thought I’d put a quick post regarding puppies playing in the snow. Some people tend to worry about them becoming sick and keep their dogs mostly indoors during snow. My own dogs and every dog I have ever watched loves the snow. From chasing endless snowballs to just running around in it I don’t think I could find anything in a pet shop which would delight them more than playing in snow.

Bear in mind that younger puppies need to be kept warm and it’s usually not a good idea to bring them outdoors in the snow any longer than a potty break. If your puppy still seems to enjoy the snow you might consider bringing a little bit indoors in a box or something so they can play with it without actually being exposed to the cold.

From a safety stand point there are a few things I would keep in mind though. Your puppy won’t be able to see any holes covered in snow any better than you will. It’s better to take them to an area you feel comfortable with to avoid any injury. Keep in mind gardening tools or broken glass may very well be covered up by snow as well. If your puppy is obviously too cold then scoop them up and return indoors. If you want to return to the snow yourself do so when your puppy is safely warm inside.

When you return indoors make sure to towel dry your puppy properly before giving them roam. This keeps your house dry and your puppy warm and healthy.

How to Potty Train a Chihuahua

We keep an eye on what people are searching for within our site (so we know we’re giving you the right stuff) and we keep seeing people look for how to potty train a Chihuahua. Now while we commend your thorough research (your young pup is in good hands) there really is no difference in how to potty train a chihuahua and how to potty train a puppy. This applies to you guys also ‘how to potty train a yorkie‘. Follow the same principles and you’ll be fine.

To break it down quickly in case you don’t read our other articles:

  1. Set a proper regular schedule and stick to it. Your young chihuahua will have a small bladder and weak bladder control to match it. Take them to your designated area (be it the garden if you’re house breaking – litter if your’re litter training or paper if you’re paper training) once every hour and also before and after eating or playing. It seems a lot but it’s better five minutes on the grass then half an hour cleaning and a stain on your rug.
  2. Go by praise – not punishment. If you train by praising good behaviour as opposed to punishing bad your puppy will learn a lot faster and it will be lot easier on the two of you. Using the same words and giving treats and at the right time is important. A puppy learns through repetition and schedules. After they’ve learned you have a little more flexibility but during training you should take care to keep things simple.
  3. Be consistent and patient. Your chihuahua cannot actually speak English so you need to teach them through consistency and be patient with them while they learn.

I would advice that before or during your look into how to potty train a chihuahua you take a look around the articles we have here on the how to potty train a puppy. We cover almost every subject you could need while training your young puppy. There is a lot to learn but it probably isn’t as hard as you might think.

How to Potty Train a Rescue

Since this site mainly features on how to potty train a puppy and many people take in rescue dogs we thought we’d take a quick look at how to potty train a rescue.

The first thing I’d like to stress is that if you find a dog on the street you should be doing something to get that dog back to their owner. There could be a family missing him or her very much. Your locals police station can usually handle it if you don’t want to look after him or her yourself. You should also be careful approaching stray dogs on the street. I’ve had some which run right up to me and I’ve slipped my own dogs leash on them while trying to find their owner and others which were obviously scared and acted defensively as I approached. Don’t put yourself at risk trying to slip on a lead. In these situations i tend to tell other dog walkers around me to spread the word while following the stray dog to see if they’ll calm down around me. More often than not word gets around to the owner who turns up.

But back on the topic of how to potty train a rescue. If it is a rescue puppy then there is no real difference. A puppy who was rescued from the street or an abusive household will probably learn more or less the same was as a puppy from the litter. Some may be shy or nervous to begin with, scolding in a loud voice as a deterrent may scare them but they’ll soon learn you’re there to feed and play with them rather than mistreat them.

There is a common saying ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ and I would like to understand the source because in actual fact, you can. When dealing with how to potty train a rescue its very likely it will be a slightly older dog you’re dealing with. But, not to worry, the only real difference in how to potty train a puppy and how to potty train an older rescue dog is the time it can take. The older dog is likely to learn a little slower, but they will still learn and by using many of the same methods.

Just to finish up, there are certain things you should be keeping in mind when taking in a rescue dog. If they have been mistreated they’re more likely to be a little nervous around new people for example and there are certain things you should be doing but your vet, animal centre or other web resources can help you. It’s a little out of the scope on an article about how to potty train a rescue dog.

How to Paper Train a Puppy

A lot of people have emailed in asking for a guide on how to paper train a puppy. It’s not so much that it’s an awful idea to learn – there are definitely worse ideas out there but it isn’t the best. But I’ll give you a quick look at it and why it’s a better idea to do something else.

By paper training this doesn’t mean training your young puppy to bring your new newspaper to you. (I don’t think this would be impossible – but I don’t know anyone who has actually done it before). Paper training a puppy refers to placing down newspaper and having them urinate on that rather than your new rug. It’s similar to knowing how to litter train a puppy but it’s meant as a shorter term solution.

In my experience knowing how to paper train a puppy is useful when the puppy is having a hard time learning or it’s taking too long and your house is suffering for it. In the long run if you can skip this stage it will be easier for the both of you. Consider it this way – you’re teaching the puppy one thing and then telling them something else and expecting it to stick. It’ll work – but it will take longer. Puppies tend to urinate in the same rough area as they have before. The idea behind paper training is to have a newspaper down to catch the mess so the cleanup is minimal.

The first step is to establish a ‘safe area’ for the puppy to paper train him or her in. Usually the back room is a better choice than in the centre of your living room but whatever works for you. It’s your house after all. Line the area with many layers of old newspaper (you can save up the old ones or get stacks of the local free paper – at least they’d get used for something). Some like to place toys or a bowl on the paper but in my opinion this is optional. I’ve paper trained puppies in the past and kept their bowls in the kitchen.

Similar training ideas as learning how to potty train a puppy apply to paper training as well. The puppy will understand a lot easier when you reward correct behaviour instead of punishing mistakes and errors. You should also take them to the paper before you sleep or go out or before they eat sleep or play.

The young puppy may decide to chew the paper for fun or curiosity. If this becomes an issue and they’re consistently eating the paper then you might want to consider stopping them but if it’s just tearing it up – well look at it this way. Better the news paper than your couch or table leg right?

The next step is to go to their usual urination spot (as I said, they will usually use the same spot and your goal is to change this to the paper) and place paper on it. Now gradually move this paper towards your designated area day by day. How quick you can move it really depends on your puppy. Some move it a few inches a week while some have been successfully moved daily. If you’re lucky and your puppy happens to have picked a an out of the way area then your how to paper train a puppy learning just got reduced to one line: put down some paper.

  • About us

    Hello, Chris here and thanks for stopping by. I hope I'll be able to help you learn how to potty train a puppy without too much of a headache!

    There's nothing quite like living with a dog and I've potty trained a fair few in my time. I put this site together to help people who were having problems potty training a puppy.

    It doesn't have to be as hard as people make out and the guides you'll find here should make things nice and easy for you.