Anyone who assumes that one should not start raising a puppy straight away, but should give the puppy a “grace period” first, is wrong. Exactly the opposite is the case: the easiest way for a young dog to learn is up to its 20th week of life, which is the so-called coining phase. It is best to start basic education a few days after your little four-legged friend arrives. The basic requirement for a successful upbringing is that you show patience and stay calm if it doesn’t work right away. Punishing the baby dog is absolutely taboo!
In order for the puppy to be house trained, you have to watch it very carefully at first. The goal is to get him outside when he “has to” and before he relieves himself at home. “Dangerous” times are after eating and after waking up, and puppies also play mostly on the bladder. In addition, young dogs still urinate very often, so walk more often. If he looks restless in the apartment and starts sniffing intensely, you should hurry. If he loosens himself in the open air, give plenty of praise! Certainly a mishap will still happen in the house from time to time. If so, don’t scold your puppy. At most, warn him with a “No” and still carry him out quickly. If he comes off there again, give him great praise again. To ensure that he sleeps through the night as much as possible, go out with him again before going to sleep.
For the first time, a large, high cardboard box, in which the dog basket is placed and from which the dog cannot get out, has proven itself as a night camp. Since the puppy instinctively does not want to dirty its camp, it will make itself felt here by whining if it has to do urgent business. Even then, go out with him quickly and don’t forget the praise. Your four-legged friend will quickly get used to the collar and leash, but you should be very careful here too. If the puppy is reluctant to go on a leash at first, playfully lure him to you with treats and encouraging words. Practice is best when the little one is rested and active, but never for more than 5 to 10 minutes. Always end the “children’s training” with a sense of achievement for the dog, ie with a light exercise that always works so that it can look forward to the next time.
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