5 hours ago
We don't want to automatically start off on negative criticism. Our printed potty training info that we provide in the starter packet, consists of about 2 pages of good advice. This additional information is for those few puppies who are having a little harder time catching on to what is expected of them.
Some people say NOT to scold a puppy. I disagree. How will they know you are displeased if you don't let them know? It's okay to scold your puppy when he/she goes potty in the wrong place, SHOW him/her what they did, make sure they see and smell what they did wrong and immediately CARRY them to the correct potty area. (By carrying them, they won't be able to get distracted away from the issue at hand.) Don't yell or rub their nose in it. Just make sure they're paying attention and know WHAT you're scolding them for. Make sure they smell the potty and say, "That was BAD." (Very stern but not excessivley loud, making them look at your angry face.) Then show them the right "potty place" and say, "Good boy/girl!". Small treats as a reward for doing it right gives them added incentive as well. Then clean the area where he/she pottied with white vinegar. You won't like the smell, but neither will they. Don't lose patience or hope. They will learn, but it does take some puppies longer than others. Hang in there. Your hard work and persistence will pay off. :-)
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5 days ago
(This is an excerpt from a letter I recently wrote to one of my adoptive families that I thought might be a helpful "share")
Just a few reminders...
Most importantly DO NOT forget to get her final parvo/distemper vaccine before exposing her to other dogs. It should be almost time for that final shot by the time this reaches you. Then you can really start to socialize her. Socialization is very important. After that final vaccine, you can also enroll her in puppy classes if you want.
Second... remember that these first 6 month are crucial for her behavioral training. Small dogs like her can have a tendency to be especially bossy and disobedient because they are often allowed to get away with bad behavior because they're so tiny and cute. I know it's hard to discipline a tiny dog like her. But it's important for her to know that YOU are her pack leader. If you or other people are inconsistent with your training it can cause her to not understand the rules and confuse her. So if you have company, you might want inform them of your training rules or even put her away when company comes. I'd prefer her not to be put away because she needs the extra socializing from people outside your household. But if there are, for instance, small children who don't know how to make her behave and let her get too worked up, you might have no choice but to put her away. Once she's trained, interacting with strangers and other dogs will come much easier.
Don't hesitate to call if you have any concerns or need some input.