Top 7 Ways Puppy Training Can Help Your Business

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Top 7 Ways Puppy Training Can Help Your Business

By: Chuck Yorke

As leaders we always want to improve the performance of our organization. To improve we must release the creativity in our employees, leaders must get involved in their employees' work. Not everyone knows how to do this, but maybe it isn't all that different than training a puppy. Following are seven common themes used in training puppies.

1.) Have a proper kennel, it should not be too large, just enough space to stand up, turn around and lie down. Most puppies will not soil where they lay. Having too much space in your business attracts waste. Excess inventory, outdated machines, old files, and other junk will soil too large a space.

2.) Schedule all feeding times at the same time each day. Companies through Japan have a practice called the "manager's walk," where a manager walks through their area at the same time each day. A theme is selected for each walk, asks questions around the theme and shares information. This is a powerful process for learning and sharing information.

3.) Spend as much quality time as possible with your new puppy, this encourages him to do the things you ask of him. To release the creativity in our employees, a leader must get involved in that employee's work. They must follow up on employee ideas and promote employee involvement in the business.

4.) First thing in the morning take your puppy from the kennel to the area you've decided will be the place for your puppy to eliminate. If your puppy eliminates then praise and reward him. Your business also needs a consistent startup procedure. Maybe a quick meeting about what needs to be done today to share a common understanding of today's goals. Be sure to include a review of some of your employee's ideas and a plan for how you will challenge your people to improve the business. Also, think of topics for your "manger's walk."

5.) Proper clean-up is critical to proper housetraining. A puppy will return to where he has eliminated before if it is not properly cleaned. Your workplace also needs to be properly maintained. Sort through your materials and remove what isn't needed. Materials that are necessary should be properly stored, so everyone knows where everything goes. Clean equipment, tools and the workplace. This is a foundation for both safety and equipment maintenance.

6.) Prevention and positive encouragement are the best ways to teach your puppy. Once an employee identifies a solution to a problem, put a procedure or fixture in place to prevent the problem from reoccurring. Respond to your people's ideas. Use praise, show respect, thank them and treat them the way you would like to be treated. See how they ideas can or cannot be implemented and provide positive feedback.

7.) Punishment won't help. Screaming or hitting will only create fear, confusing and training your puppy to soil when you are not around. Enough said.

Copyright 2005 Chuck Yorke - All Rights Reserved

About The Author

Chuck Yorke is an organizational development and performance improvement specialist, trainer, consultant and speaker. He is co-author of "All You Gotta Do Is Ask," a book which explains how to promote large numbers of ideas from employees. Chuck may be reached at


Grace 13.04.2008. 09:39

What is the best way to toilet train a puppy? I am thinking of getting a puppy. I live in a one bedroom apartment with a balcony but no yard. Toilet training is a major concern for me. I have heard that you can puppy litter train dogs. I don't really want to crate train the puppy because i believe that is a little cruel. Maybe i could put fake grass or something on the balcony and teach the puppy to go there, and then possibly just replace the grass?


Admin 13.04.2008. 09:39

For my dogs, i tend to paper trained them. I have friends who toilet trained their dogs.

1.When the puppy arrives home, he may pee on the floor. Put a stack of newspaper on top, turn it over and let it dry.
2.Put the stained newspaper at the specific spot you want (doorsteps or corners). DO NOT change the spot occasionally.
3.When the puppy woke up from sleep, bring him to the spot and wait for him to finish business.
4.When he finish meals, bring him again to the spot.
5.When you notice that he wants to pee or poo, bring him again to the spot.
6.You have to be consistent and pay more attention to his behavior to ensure that he is able to learn where to pee and poo.
7.DO NOT scold him or beat him if he did wrongly. Praise him when he did his business at the spot. Give him some snacks or verbally praise him if he manages to do it right.
8.It is not necessary to buy the housebreaking spray in the market to help out with this training. That spray may only helps out for 50%.
9.If your living room is quite big, please place a few spot as the puppy won?t be able to run that fast to the specific spot to pee and poo. If he couldn?t reach the spot, he will just do it on the floor.

If you think that the paper train is messy, you can train them to do it in toilet. All matter is your consistency on the training with the pup along.


stacie 02.07.2006. 02:57

what's the best way to get our puppy housebroken? he only wants to chew up the puppy pads. what's your opinion on the crate, & if you suggest that, how often will the puppy need to be in/out of the crate? thanks for answers.


Admin 02.07.2006. 02:57

Crate training works great for pups. I use it on my own two dogs.

Heres a few tips if you never kennel trained a dog before:

1. Make the kennel a safe place for the puppy. If it whines too much while its in there, try putting a towel over the top so it seems more secure to the dog and so that it can't see everythign going on around it. Never put your dog in the kennel as a punishment. This place is to be seen as the dog's home and its safe haven from stress.

2. While you are initially training your puppy, keep things like blankets and towels OUT of the kennel. A puppy has no problem laying on a damp urine soaked towel, but it dislikes laying in a puddle of urine, so this will teach the puppy faster that it does not want to soil its sleeping area.

3. Get a kennel with a divider. In the initial stages of kennel training a puppy only needs enough room in its kennel to stand, lay and turn around. Any more room than this and the dog will be able to go to the bathroom in the unused protion of the kennel, which defeats the purpose of kennel training.

4. Take the puppy out often. I take my dogs out every couple of hours when they are confined to a crate, except for overnight. Overnight I take them out once right before their bed time, and then again about 8 hours later. It takes the puppy a while to get used to YOUR sleeping pattern though, so for a while you will need to get up more often and take it out so its not forced to soil the kennel.

5. If your puppy is playing with you, you should take it outside every 30 minutes to an hour at first and watch for any signs of sniffing or circling in the house that would signal you to take the puppy out again. To prevent potty accident, keep a close eye on the pup and put it in its kennel whenever you can't supervise.

6. If your puppy DOES have an accident, don'tbe harsh with it. If you see if start to potty on the floor, say something along the lines of "lets go potty!" but not in a mean way, just take the puppy outside and put it where it is supposed to go. If the puppy goes, praise it. I know this might go against what you might think but do not clean up the mess first, the dog needs to associate outside with potty.

7. If you don't see the dog make the accident, its your own fault, not the dog's. Just clean it up and go about your business as if nothing happened because dogs cannot associate things that did not JUST happen.

8. NEVER and I do mean NEVER yell at a dog for accidents or chase him around and punish him. Don't rub the dogs nose in it or anything unpleasant. This causes the dog to fear having accidents in front of you, so instead it will seek out a hidden place to go, which is much more difficult ot find and clean than something out in the open.

9. After a short time your puppy will be able to hold it longer and you can increase the time between potty breaks. Let your dog give you hints on this one. Learn to recognize its signs that it wants to go out, and take it when it needs to.

10. If you DO take your dog outside and it won't go to the bathroom, put it in it's kennel for a half hour and then take it out again. This gives the dog time to build up the feeling so it will be ready to go when you take it out again.

11. Always always ALWAYS praise a puppy for a job well done!

If you have anymore questions about housetraining puppies feel free to e-mail me.. because I'm sure I can dig up some more tips for you if you're having a specific problem.

Admin 02.05.2006. 05:21

what is the best way to potty train my seven week old lab puppy? Array

Admin 02.05.2006. 05:21

patience, patience and more patience.

you're going to have lots of accidents--be prepared for that. are you going to 'crate train' your dog as well? crate training is where the dog has a crate where they spend their time when they aren't out. it sounds cruel, but dogs like having a place of their own. they also like schedules. our pups get up in the morning at around 6am. they are walked and then put back to bed till about 11 am when i get home from work. i take them out and walk them again. they usually stay up till about 4 or 5, then its back into the crate for a nap. about 6 or 7 we take them out of their crates, walk them and they stay up till about 10pm, then its back into the crates to sleep. at all times when the pups are up and out of their crates we keep an eye on them and take them out if they act like they need to go.

i would really suggest crate training--we have five dogs and i think crate training is the way to go.

now---be patient with your puppy. here's what i've heard and learned on my own. a puppy doesn't really know what going outside is all about till they're about six months old. about the best thing you can do is observe your puppy's behavior and be quick to grab them and take them outside if you see them squatting or hiking a leg.

we use tons of praise even now when our dogs pee or poop outside. and of course, there are poopy treats. the dogs get a treat if they poop outside. remember--praise, praise, praise.

remember---patience, patience, patience.

remember---your puppy will probably be six months old or so before it even has a clue as to what all this outside business is about.

also---come up with a phrase you can use to encourage your dog. i tell my poms and chihuahuas to "get busy". they know this means stop eating grass or chasing butterflies or staring off into space and poop. i can use this phrase anywhere and people don't look at me like i'm a loon.

my brother, on the other hand, just yells "you go poop" at the top of his lungs. talk about weird stares from people!

good luck with your puppy. remember, patience, praise and six months.

email me if you like--i'd be glad to be a source of info on your pup.


roggyroot 09.12.2008. 01:56

what are the guitar hero 3 / world tour songs? what are the songs in guitar hero three and world tour?
please do two lists. I want the one that i know more of the songs.


Admin 09.12.2008. 01:56

Guitar hero 3:
# "3's and 7's" - Queens of the Stone Age
# "Avalancha" - Heroes del Silencio
# "Barracuda" - Heart
# "Black Magic Woman" - Santana
# "Cherub Rock" - Smashing Pumpkins
# "Closer" - Lacuna Coil
# "Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll" - Blue Oyster Cult
# "Cult of Personality" - Living Colour
# "Even Flow" - Pearl Jam
# "Generation Rock" - Revolverheld
# "Go That Far" - Bret Michaels Band
# "Hier Kommt Alex" - Die Toten Hosen
# "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" - Pat Benatar
# "I'm in the Band" - The Hellacopters
# "In the Belly of a Shark" - Gallows
# "Knights of Cydonia" - Muse
# "La Grange" - ZZ Top
# "Lay Down" - Priestess
# "Mauvais Garon" - NAAST
# "The Metal" - Tenacious D
# "Minus Celsius" - Backyard Babies
# "Miss Murder" - AFI
# "Mississippi Queen" - Mountain
# "My Name Is Jonas" - Weezer
# "The Number of the Beast" - Iron Maiden
# "One" - Metallica
# "Paint It, Black" - The Rolling Stones
# "Paranoid" - Black Sabbath
# "Radio Song" - Superbus
# "Raining Blood" - Slayer
# "Reptilia" - The Strokes
# "Rock and Roll AllNite" - Kiss
# "Rock You Like a Hurricane" - Scorpions
# "Ruby" - Kaiser Chiefs
# "Sabotage" - Beastie Boys
# "School's Out" - Alice Cooper
# "She Bangs the Drums" - The Stone Roses
# "She Builds Quick Machines" - Velvet Revolver
# "Slow Ride" - Foghat
# "Suck My Kiss" - Red Hot Chili Peppers
# "Take This Life" - In Flames
# "Talk Dirty to Me" - Poison
# "Through the Fire and Flames" - DragonForce
# "Welcome to the Jungle" - Guns N' Roses
# "When You Were Young" - The Killers

World tour:
* 311 - "Beautiful Disaster"
* 30 Seconds To Mars - "The Kill"
* Airbourne - "Too Much Too Young"
* The Allman Brothers Band - "Ramblin' Man"
* Anouk - "Good God"
* The Answer - "Never Too Late"
* At The Drive-In - "One Armed Scissor"
* Beastie Boys - "No Sleep Till Brooklyn"
* Beatsteaks - "Hail to the Freaks"
* Billy Idol - "Rebel Yell"
* Black Label Society - "Stillborn"
* Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - "Weapon of Choice"
* blink-182 - "Dammit"
* Blondie - "One Way or Another"
* Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - "Hollywood Nights"
* Bon Jovi - "Livin' On A Prayer"
* Bullet For My Valentine - "Scream Aim Fire"
* Coldplay - "Shiver"
* Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Up Around The Bend"
* The Cult - "Love Removal Machine"
* Dinosaur Jr. - "Feel The Pain"
* The Doors - "Love Me Two Times"
* Dream Theater - "Pull Me Under"
* The Eagles - "Hotel California"
* The Enemy - "Aggro"
* Filter - "Hey Man, Nice Shot"
* Fleetwood Mac - "Go Your Own Way"
* Foo Fighters - "Everlong"
* The Guess Who - "American Woman"
* Hush Puppies - "You're Gonna Say Yeah!"
* Interpol - "Obstacle 1"
* Jane's Addiction - "Mountain Song"
* Jimi Hendrix - "Purple Haze (Live)"
* Jimi Hendrix - "The Wind Cries Mary"
* Jimmy Eat World - "The Middle"
* Joe Satriani - "Satch Boogie"
* Kent - "Vinternoll2"
* Korn - "Freak On A Leash"
* Lacuna Coil - "Our Truth"
* Lenny Kravitz - "Are You Gonna Go My Way"
* Linkin Park - "What I've Done"
* The Living End - "Prisoner of Society"
* Los Lobos - "La Bamba"
* Lost Prophets - "Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)"
* Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Sweet Home Alabama (Live)"
* Mars Volta - "L'Via L'Viaquez"
* MC5's Wayne Kramer - "Kick Out The Jams"
* Metallica - "Trapped Under Ice"
* Michael Jackson - "Beat It"
* Modest Mouse - "Float On"
* Motorhead - "Overkill"
* Muse - "Assassin"
* Negramaro - "Nuvole e Lenzuola"
* Nirvana - "About a Girl (Unplugged)"
* No Doubt - "Spiderwebs"
* NOFX - "Soul Doubt"
* Oasis - "Some Might Say"
* Ozzy Osbourne - "Crazy Train"
* Ozzy Osbourne - "Mr. Crowley"
* Paramore - "Misery Business"
* Pat Benatar - "Heartbreaker"
* R.E.M. - "The One I Love"
* Radio Futura - "Escuela De Calor"
* Rise Against - "Re-Education Through Labor"
* Sex Pistols - "Pretty Vacant"
* Silversun Pickups - "Lazy Eye"
* Smashing Pumpkins - "Today"
* Steely Dan - "Do It Again"
* Steve Miller Band - "The Joker"
* Sting - "Demolition Man (Live)"
* The Stone Roses - "Love Spreads"
* Stuck In The Sound - "Toy Boy"
* Sublime - "Santeria"
* Survivor - "Eye of the Tiger"
* System of a Down - "B.Y.O.B."
* Ted Nugent - "Stranglehold"
* Ted Nugent's Original Guitar Duel Recording
* Tokio Hotel - "Monsoon"
* Tool - "Parabola"
* Tool - "Schism"
* Tool - "Vicarious"
* Trust - "Antisocial"
* Van Halen - "Hot For Teacher"
* Willie Nelson - "On The Road Again"
* Wings - "Band on the Run"
* Zakk Wylde's Original Guitar Duel Recording

There be your answer =)


Bill 09.03.2010. 00:45

The do's and don'ts when taking care of a puppy? i just got a new staffordshire and i was wondering what your not suppose to do with pups ans what you are suppose to do
examples-potty train
positive rienforcement
the dog has to be around brooms, mops, and vaccums to insure there not scared of it in the future
what else!!!?


Admin 09.03.2010. 00:45

If you use a cardboard box that is big enough for the dog to turn around easily inside, you can make a portable toilet for your pup.
!. select a box that is a suitable size and is made of strong cardboard.
2. using a serrated edge knife and a sawing action cut ONE of the LONG sides of the box down to about 3-4" from the bottom. This is so there is still enough side left to hold newspaper inside the box.
3. using the cardboard you cut from the box, or another piece of strong cardboard, cut it to fit the inside bottom of the box.
4. Tape a strong bit of plastic to the piece of cardboard so it is totally covered and waterproof on one side and not too bulky underneath. (you want it to sit flat in the bottom of the box.)Place plastic covered cardboard into the box with the covered sde up.
5. Layer the box with individual sheets of newspaper. Give it a good thick layer.
If the pup and the box are small you can fold individual pages in half to line the box, if the box is bigger, use open pages.
6. VERY IMPORTANT!!!! Take a sheet of newspaper and dip it in the pups urine.
Place this sheet in the box on top of the other paper.
Now the box has an official "Toilet smell".
7. It is now up to you to watch your pup and when it starts sniffing the ground and circling about or crouching, pick it up and place it gently in the toilet box.
Encourage the pup to stay till it has done its business.
Praise the pup for achieving success.
Persevere and soon the puppy will know to use the box.
Wherever you have the puppy, have a toilet box.
A pup will usually poop not long after eating, so keep that in mind.
It is easy to scoop the poops out and flush them down the toilet.
You don't have to change the paper every time he uses the toilet, just change it if it gets too wet.
The idea is to always have some "toilet" odour on the newspaper so the pup identifies it as a place to go potty.

1A. If the pup has no idea of toilet training the easiest way to get it to adjust if it is young is to confine it on a tiled floor like a bathroom or laundry every night and cover ALL the floor with a thick layer of newspaper.
2A. Clean the poop up every day and replace soaked paper with fresh.
3A. Let the pup out during the day to romp in the yard but pen it in the room each evening.
4A. After a week or two of allowing the pup to toilet on the newspaper covering ALL the floor you will notice that it will begin to poop in one particular area of the room.
5A. Remove all the paper and give the floor a good clean, treating it also with an odour remover.
6A. Relay the floor with clean thick layers of newspaper in the half of the room MOST USED as a toilet by the dog.
7A. Keep the dogs food and water and bedding away from this area.
8A. Put one sheet of "Toilet odour"newspaper back on top of the fresh paper.
9A. Pen the dog up again for the night.
In the morning you should find that the dog has used the papered floor for a toilet and not soiled the uncovered half of the floor.
10A. Praise the puppy for being a good boy and going to the toilet on the paper.
11A. Continue to pen the dog each night FOR A WEEK with only half the floor covered in paper.
Always praise the pup for doing the right thing with its toileting.
DO NOT rub it's nose in any mishaps, this is a wrong thing to do to the pup, it will not understand what you are doing or why!
12A. Now replace the newspaper on the floor with a "Toilet box" and give the floor a good clean and deodorise before penning the pup up again for the night.
In the morning you should find that the pup has used the toilet box for his poops and pee.
Praise him.
14A. A few more nights of penning the pup in the room with his toilet box should firmly establish the habit.
Now you can take the box with you everywhere you have the pup in the house and he will use it for his toilet.
It is a good idea to put the box outside in a sheltered area during the day so the pup can still use it and reinforce it's good habit.
To adjust the pup to vacuums, brooms etc, first let him be around the equipment without it moving or making any noises.
Let him explore the equipment, smell it, taste it etc.
When you first use a vacuum near him, hold the pup in your arms and reassure him.
If you do not move suddenly, or act nervous around the equipment and you are encouraging the pup, he will learn from you.
It helps if you have an older dog available that is used to such things and they can show the pup there is nothing to fear.
It may take a little time to get him used to the vacuum as the noise is very hard on dogs delicate ears.
They hear more sound range than a human.
It will be a bit like a jet engine to his ears.
Use encouraging voice tones and be gentle but firm and the dog will learn to settle down.


J 29.02.2008. 18:57

My puppy is a freakin wild child!!!? My puppy, Sam, is about almost 7 months old and we (my family) cant do anything with him. He pee's all over the house, he chews everything, and he bites. I'm at a loss, I don't know what to do. Please help me.


Admin 29.02.2008. 18:57

exercise, dicipline and then affection.

Your dog has too much of the affection and not enough exercise and dicipline. You'll need to get a trainer in to observe what you're doing to work against yourself here. They'll be able to tell you what to change in the way you handle your dog to get him to pay attention to you and behave. Until then, here are some things you can do.

1) Start walking him every day for at least 40 min to an hour at a brisk pace. This should be a structured walk, not a chance for him to go exploring. He should walk behind you or at your side and keep his attention on you. When you leave the house for the walk, the people leave first, dog last. when you return, same thing, you enter first him last. This IS important. There is only one right way to walk a dog and 10,000 ways to screw it up. You'll problaby want to consult a trainer for this.

2) Crate train you're dog. It's not cruel in the least. Think of it as giving him his very own room. Crate training and housebreaking go hand in hand

3) structure his feeding. When you make his meals, make him sit quietly when you put his food down and not touch it until you give the ok. You control the food. if he walks away with it half finished, take it up, he's done. If he doesn't eat when he'd given food, take it up, he's done. He'll learn quickly to eat when you give him food.

4) when not in his crate, he should be confined to one room (the one the crate is in). He shouldn't have the run of the house until he's housebroken. When you need to have him with you in the house, keep him on a leash and at you side. That way, if he start to sniff for a spot to mess, you'll be more likely to notice and can get him outside.

5) when you take him outside to do his business, ignore him completely until he does. Then imediately praise him like crazy, give him a treat, and play with him for a bit. Do all this AFTER he does his business. If he won't go, after 15 min, put him back in the crate for 45 min, then try again.

How to Crate Train Your Dog
Otherwise Known As How To Keep Your Dog Safe and Your Sanity Intact!

Used properly, crate training has become an invaluable tool for dogs and their people. It provides your dog with a safe, cozy den of its own, and gives you peace of mind that your dog can be left safely unattended for short periods of time. Here are the basics to get you started.

Choosing the Right Crate
There are several different styles of crates available today. There are airline cargo styles, hard sided, with two pieces (top and bottom), that can be separated. These style crates usually has one or two heavy grate doors, are very sturdy, and can be used for transporting a dog in-flight if need be.
The second crate style is a wire mesh crate, open on all four sides for good ventilation, with a plastic pan on the bottom. This crate can also have one or more doors, and many of them are foldable for easy transport and storage.
Even if you have a 15 pound puppy, choose the crate that will accommodate the dog as a full grown adult comfortably. It should be large enough for the dog to stand up in, turn around, and sleep with some leg room.
When you start out with a puppy, make the crate small enough with a divider (either the one that comes with the crate, or even a box will do), so that the puppy has just enough room to once again turn around and sleep in comfortably. Adjust the crate size as the puppy grows.

Training the Dog To Accept His New Home
Set the crate up in a part of the house that has some traffic and activity, the kitchen is usually a good spot, but wherever the family congregates the most is fine. Leave the crate door open, and allow the dog to inspect it at his leisure. Then take a really good treat, chicken or hotdogs work well, and hold it in the crate, or throw it in gently, and allow the dog to get his treat. When the dog goes into the crate to retrieve his goodie, say a command as he's walking in, such as "Crate up" or Kennel Up". Be sure to use the same command every time. Then when the pup becomes comfortable walking in, shut the gate behind him. Only keep the pup in for a minute, and then let him out, once again, praising him profusely. Keep doing this, lengthening the time by several minutes each time. If the pup starts to whine or cry, do not let him out! That will only teach the pup that crying is a way to get out. Instead, wait until he stops, even if it's for a moment, and then let him out, telling him what a good pup he is. He will soon make the connection that quiet = out. One good idea is also to make sure the pup has a good play session before crate training, so that he is tired, and may go in more willingly to lie down.
Once the dog has accepted the crate, put him in for short periods throughout the day, so that he becomes accustomed to going in. You just may find that after a few days, he'll go into his den without any asking on your part! Putting a suitable toy in the crate is fine as well; anything you can do to make his home more inviting is good. An old shirt of yours will also make the pup feel more at ease, but only when supervised, or if you know he won't shred it.
The rule of thumb for crating time is for however many months of age the pup is, you can add on an hour, i.e. if the pup is 4 months old, you can crate him for 5 hours. But please keep in mind that this is only a guideline, and all dogs should have plenty of exercise and free time to balance out the crating!
Once you've crate trained your pup, you won't know how you did without it before!

Housebreaking Your Puppy
(Or, why paper training doesn?t work, unless your dog can read!)

One of the most frustrating things to deal with when you bring home your new pup is getting it housebroken. The first mistake most of us make is trying to housebreak the pup using paper. Dogs are creatures of habit that will generally use the same area for potty, and paper training teaches the pup to go inside of the house, which is the last place you would like him to go!
The quickest way to housetraining is consistency, a crate, and a tight schedule, that means feeding time and potty time are the same every day. The crate mimics the dog?s natural setting of a den, and it?s a safe place for your pup whenever you can?t watch him. Most dogs will not soil the very place where they sleep and live, so crate training will speed the process of housebreaking. A crate should be just large enough for the pup to stand up and turn around in comfortably, otherwise that will give him the opportunity to soil one side of the crate and not have to sleep in it.
The puppy should only be allowed to relieve itself out of doors. First thing in the morning, take the dog outside. The dog should go fairly quickly after holding it in all night. Bring him in after he?s finished and feed him his first meal, and then bring him outside to go again. If the pup doesn?t go after his meal, put the pup back in the crate and keep bringing him out every 15 minutes or so until he does. And don?t forget to praise him profusely for doing his business outside! This routine should be performed before and after every meal, and soon your pup will learn what is expected of him.
In the evening pick up his water around eight o?clock, and take the pup out for potty at least one more time to empty his bladder, because what goes in must come out, and this will keep him dry during the rest of the night. A good rule of thumb to follow is for every month the dog is old, he should be able to ?hold it? for that many hours plus one, i.e., if your pup is 2 months old, he can ?hold it? for 3 hours.
During the day, you can let the pup out of his crate for playtime, but only in an area that has been ?puppy proofed? where you can watch him closely. If you must go to another area of the house, tether the pup to you with a short leash. This will allow you to get the dog outside if his bottom should drop to the ground in an attempt to go potty. If the pup should do this, give him a firm NO NO NO, and immediately get him outside. And don?t forget the praise when he does go outside, you should act like the dog just gave you a rare gem, have a party!
If the pup should have an accident in the house, remember, it is your fault, and not his! Do not ever attempt to correct the dog by yelling at him after the fact, he won?t connect your angry yelling to the pile or puddle he left on the floor for you! Crate the dog so he can?t see you, and clean up his mess without saying a word. Be sure to use an enzymatic cleaner such as Nature?s Miracle to completely remove any stains or smells of the accident to prevent your pup from using the same place again.
Following these rules, you should have a house trained puppy in no time!
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flaca_eq 11.02.2006. 22:39

Potty training Dachshund puppy.... need help...? I already asked a question on how to potty train, and I have decided to do the doggy litter deal because I live in an upstairs apartment. It calls for them to be crated until they need to "eliminate," but all she does is cry in the crate. I just put her in for the first a little bit ago. (I covered up the front of her door so she wouldn't see me and cry more; should I leave it uncovered so I don't have to do that 24/7?) Will she keep crying forever? I'm just going ignore her so she doesn't think I'll come to her everytime. How long will it take to potty train her? How long of intervals should I keep her in there? How often should she be fed while crated? Any serious advice will help!! Thanks everyone :-)
I have puppy pads, and they make NOOOO difference to her.


Admin 11.02.2006. 22:39

As far as the crying, most dogs do this until they get used to being crated. Just ignore them or of they know "quiet" then tell them that. They usually get used to it within a few days to a week tops. As far as training time, it all depends on the dog and the method of potty training. Personally, I like crate training for outdoor pottying. This is usually the easiest but if you're not able to take them out because you live in an apartment, I wouldn't recommend pee pads. I don't really like pee pads. Many of the dogs I've trained that way tend to also pee on clothing left on the floor or rugs becsuae they think it's okay to pee on cloth in the floor and can sometimes become confused, so this training may take longer. I've never used litter for a dog but hey if it works, it would definately be convienent. Do not feed or water your dog before you put them in the crate. Usually, a dog won't pee in the crate, but if they have to they will. I usually feed my dog on a schedule, first thing in the morning before they potty in the evening about 5 before a potty and water throught the day. Also, be sure to take them to the restroom about 15 to 20 minutes after feeding. Do not feed them after 6, so they can go longer in the crate at night. If you have a puppy under 6 months take him/her out every 3 hours while training moving up the time as the weeks pass to train them to hold it longer. A puppry older than 6 months can ususally start out at about 4 to 5 hours between bathroom breaks. I also set the alarm during the night to get up and let them out until they can hold itlonger so they don't have an accident in the crate. Also, when taking them potty say "go potty" and "Hurry up" this weill help if they play around. I did this with my dogs when they were babies and now all I have to say outside is "hurry" and they automatically squat, do their business and I can get back to what I was doing. Also, brag on them when they potty where they're supposed to "good boy/girl!" and give them a treat, they learn more quickly if you invove treats as a reward for doing something good. I've trained many dogs this way. It's trial and error, just learn what works best for you and your dog. Good luck!


LJE 07.06.2010. 15:55

My Yorkie Puppy wont sleep, she continuously cries and whines. PLEASE HELP!? I have a 7.5 week old puppy. I am crate training her. I have introduced the crate to her, gave her treats to get comfortable with the crate. She has a bed, t-shirt on mine, and a small stuffed toy. She will not sleep through the night. She will cry and whine for hours. I will take her out to "do her business" every 2 hours. All she wants to do is be with me and my boyfriend. We are now using a low heat, heating pad under her bed. We cover the crate and are now trying to play low soothing music.

I feel I have tried everything!!! HELP!


Admin 07.06.2010. 15:55

All puppies do this at this age.

First.. she is a pint sized pup. Her bladder is about the size of a pea. She is also still on her momma's feeding schedule, which means she is still getting used to not eating every few hours throughout the day and night.

That will calm down more around 8 weeks, since she is away from her mom and no longer getting these night feedings or the stimulation from her mom to alleviate her bowels etc.

You are doing what is best with the crate training. Make sure to have a soft blanket in her crate she can get warm under.. you can usually pick up a piece of cut material for a a couple bucks from a craft shop.. wherever they have their odds and ends materials. Just make sure it doesn't fray.

Get something dark to cover her crate with, a large towel, where she is still getting air but it keeps the warmth in, and the draft and lights out. Do this during periods where you cannot play with her during the day so she learns this is rest time. If you are home during the day, make certain you absolutely do not go to her while she is whining. Remove whatever collars you have on her to make sure she isn't choking or getting caught up in it and let her recognize, whining will not bring you to her. Absolutely do not go to her while she is whining. Let her settle down for a bit and sleep. Then you go to her on her terms and immediately take her out to do her business, then she can have play time inside of the house.. never outside until the potty training is completely finished. Even then... potty first.. play after.

They tend to potty, immediately upon waking without even thinking about it. After playing for about an hour and after eating and drinking. Usually in the mornings, they will have to go more than once, anywhere between 1 - 3 times as everything in their little system has digested and is moving through their intestines from the day before.

As she gets a bit older and her body matures a bit more, bladder expands, etc.. she won't need to be walked quite as often and she will sleep much better and not need to be on top of you so much.

When you do let her near you, don't forget to teach her how to get attention. What is acceptable for you to want to have her near you. If you don't want her snapping at your face, make sure you teach her not to play with it now. If you would prefer she lays next to you to get attention, show her how, be consistent with what you ask of her so she learns her place in your home.

Just make sure you give her acceptable time to be a dog and get her teething play biting time out of the way on acceptable toys and chasing balls, etc. Then after, make it down time.. love time without all of the play and jumping all over the place too.

A tip for getting them to relax in their crate also is.. let them get sleepy with you at first and then place them into their nice cozy crate to finish their nap. I have always kept the crate next to me while I work in the same place in the house where I am always walking past or sitting close by, so they feel close to me but learn not to be on top of me 24/7.

I continuously work with things already on my lap so it's a bit counterproductive with pint sized puppy paws and teeth all over it, laughs.

Good luck, if you need help, feel free to email me.


Philomatrices 23.03.2013. 10:11

Submissive peeing? Idk, full pekingese puppy? She is 10 weeks old now, had her for three weeks.

We have another puppy, half peke and chihuahua (her half brother), and he's 8 months old--but he's been potty trained since he was 7 weeks.

My peke keeps peeing every few minutes--and I've read a loot of wiki/yahoo answers about submissive peeing, but my peke is not submissive at all. She LOVES to fight with her brother that they look like they're fighting to the death. She knows stay, come here, sit, up, and go to bed within a day just because of the incoming treat. She LOVES to eat anything and drink too, but even if I don't give her water at night she pees too much still. She even pees off the pad out of spite when I ignore her and after a while of saying no to her for barking a lot. The only time she warns me of anything is when she cries to go poo outside. When I let her out of her cage after she's peed, she goes straight to her brother's food and water and doesn't fear going to new spaces in the house or climbing or falling off the couch on accident (she has no backbone, all flims). My family and I even take her to the backyard and she successfully pees and poos (which I read was originally difficult for pekes to do their business outside). I take her and her brother out at the same time, but I have to carry one at a time so that they pee/poo not distracted of each other; so, when Penny the peke pees, my hands are quite full carrying her brother that I can't show much joy but my "Good potty, Penny!!!" happy, pleased sound and then I walk to her to pet her head but then she backs off to wander and sniff the outside more.

When she pees inside a lot and on the floor in her cage, some days when I'm really tired (having school and work) I don't say anything but wash her up and place her in her crate or carry her while I'm cleaning it up. When I'm more awake, I'll admit I'm pretty loud saying stern no's, but I don't scream it, then I wash her up and lock her in her crate for a couple of minutes. If she scratches to get out, I say no again and wait for her to be good. Then when she is, I open it and give her a treat. The longest time she doesn't pee is when she sleeps all day for a growth spurt, and the only thing she fears is training with a leash. Whenever they're fighting I yell "sit" to her brother; he sometimes backs off because he's scared (next to fearing my dad, he can be scared of me when I'm yelling at him [esp. with a threat of the slipper bc it reminds him of my dad]). If that doesn't stop their fighting each other, I use whatever I have around to hit on the floor near them and both of them stop and Penny goes to her outside bed, but I'm not sure if Penny knows I'm the boss yet.

I also have a problem of her barking ALL THE TIME. Her brother has always been quiet when they play but she just barks and barks, and somehow they can bite each other through the cage that they scream. And he has some jealousy issues that I feel like I shouldn't give Penny so much attention when he's around (he's already peed on the couch in a LINE even though he's been neutered three months ago).

And what's worse is that after peeing anywhere, she walks through the puddle on the floor; or, when it's on the pad she lies on top of it! So she smells like her pee often :( One time after she pooed, my mom, sis, and I freaked out when she instantly went to smell and lick it (it made much more sense when I read pekes were feces eaters...) so since then she hasn't licked any of her poo because we take her away to clean her.

And we hadn't taken her to the vet yet due to slow money and other first priorities. Are there any advice to make her stop peeing so much in the time being?

Thank you!
^ and to make her stop barking, please.


Admin 23.03.2013. 10:11

The barking is easy theres twos ways to do it 1st ( probably the best for your peke) is too actually teach her to bark on command (speak) once she has hold of this you then command her to stop barking with a sharp short "stop" and raise your hand to signal stop as well( flat palmed) 2nd is to remove her from the reason of her barking, i.e put her in another room behind closed doors or out in garden ( this could also help with peeing situation) i wouldn't advise putting her in her create as this is her safe place not somewhere for her to be disciplined in.

The weeing is a different story i can only advise, repetitive placing in the garden but this can be a long process as some puppies don't stop the peeing phase till at least 6 months. Or (i've only ever had this work a few times but it may work for you) is there any thing in your house that she will not wee on i.e couch, bed, clothing maybe a jumper of yours? If so take a new blanket and wipe it on the sofa or bed etc i would even suggest sleeping with the blanket for your smell as well, this will then trick her into thinking that shes in a place where she cannot wee!
But rewarding her when she wees in the garden is a good idea keep up with that! Maybe give her a treat as well?? Hope this all helps :)


Kate 30.05.2010. 03:32

Questions about my new Shih Tzu puppy? This is my first time owning this breed, and I did some online research but still have questions and concerns that will require some knowledge of the breed and some personal opinions.
Mia is a 7 week old female shih tzu that I bought from her breeder on the 26th of May. At the time that I picked Mia up the women told me that she had given Mia her shots and wormer on the 22nd of May, But I couldn't get papers on Mia because her mother wasn't registered. On my way home I stopped by my moms and picked up the stuff that I had bought for Mia and was showing Mia to my mom, When my mom was looking at her she said from the looks of her hair she wouldn't get a top knot. (My mom owned 2 female shih tzu when I was like 3, I cut their top knots off.) When we got home I put down food for her and she woofed down the whole portion of food and stood and drank from the water dish for like 5 minutes. (nerves I guess?) Took her out after 45 minutes she did her business and I picked it up there wasn't worms at that point. But then yesterday and today she's had accidents in the house I think it may have been from when I was house breaking my dachsie puppy. But there was worms in her poop in both accidents and in her poops outside.
My questions:
1) Is it normal for them to have worms in their poop after being wormed?
2) Do all shih tzu's get top knots?
3) Mia cries when I put her in her crate at bedtime, should I let her out or leave her?
4) If I let her out of her crate at night will it make it harder to potty train her?
5) Should I be giving her vitamins?
6) Mia was also covered in fleas when I brought her home, I did a veggie oil on her coat and then washed her with Rosemary Mint shampoo, But she is still having flea problems is it safe to use the flea treatments on her at this age?
7) I am currently feeding her Red Flannel puppy food, Is this good for her or should I be feeding her something else?
8) My grandmother bought Izzy (dachsie puppy) for my 20th birthday and had her papers...Should I be worried that the breeder didn't give me Mia's papers?
9) I have a vet appointment set up for the 7th of June, will they give her shots again sense I have no real proof the breeder gave her the shots?
10) From the colors that I was looking at online that the AKC and places like that accept for shih tzu's Mia is much darker then those colors but it says that they go lighter when they get older, Is this true?
11) Are there any special things I should know to do and about the shih tzu breed?
12) I have a nearly 6 month old son that Mia loves right now, as they both get older will Mia get more aggressive or sense they are both babies should it be fine sense they'll be growing up together?
The ingredients for the Red Flannel are:
Chicken, ground yellow corn, ground wheat, brewers rice, chicken fat (form of vitamin E, their words not mine) ground flaxseed, dried beet pulp, monocalcium phosphate, salt, potassium chloride, fish meal, brewers yeast, choline chloride, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, niacin, copper sulfate, vitamin A supplement, biotin, manganese oxide, Vitamin B supplement, folic acid, vitamin D supplement, cobalt carbonate.
Then it says
Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein............27.00%
Crude Fat......16.00%
Crude Fiber.....3.00%
Vitamin A.....10,000IU/kg
Vitamin E.....80IU/kg
Omega 6 fatty acids......3.30%
Omega 3 fatty acids....0.50%


Admin 30.05.2010. 03:32

1. Yes. This is the only way for the worms to be removed from the dog's body.

2. As I understand it, they are "supposed" to have top knots, but it really isn't necessary unless you plan to show her.

3. Leave her in the crate. If you give in and take her out, you're just reinforcing the behavior and teaching her that crying gets her what she wants. She will continue to cry in the crate and will also start crying for everything - attention, toys, etc. It may not sound like a big deal, but I've had first hand experience with this and it gets very annoying, very quick.

4. Yes. Once a dog starts seeing their crate as their "den," they will not go to the bathroom in it because it's instinct to keep their den clean. This will teach her to hold her bladder for longer periods of time.

5. As long as you're feeding her a quality dog food, vitamins aren't necessary. I suggest researching this more. The supermarket brands (Iams, Pedigree, Purina, etc.) are actually the worst you can buy. Two of the best brands are Canidae and Innova. You have to go to Petsmart/Petco to get them and they are more expensive, but good dog food saves you money on vet bills in the long run.

6. I'm against any chemical flea treatments. What people don't realize is that you're essentially putting pesticide on your pet. It's not unheard of for dogs to have allergic reactions to them. Garlic keeps fleas away - feed Mia about 1/4 clove of garlic, minced, every day. If she won't eat it, just put it on the back of her tongue the way you would a pill. Build this amount up slowly; start with an itty bitty amount of garlic and feed that to her for a few days, then go to 1/8 of a clove for a week or so, then go to 1/4 clove.

7. I looked up the ingredients for Red Flannel, and no, it's not good. The ingredients list "chicken by-product meal" (basically the icky parts of chickens that no human being or dog should ever eat - ground up feathers, bones, etc.) and "ground yellow corn" (corn is hard for dogs to digest). Wheat should also never be in the first 5 ingredients, as many dogs are allergic to it. So, it's not absolutely terrible, but it could be better. Several great dog food brands are: Innova, Canidae, Life's Abundance, and Nature's Finest.

8. It sounds to me like Mia was from a backyard breeder (BYB). They are breeders who breed more as a hobby or a way to make money; while a reputable breeder shows their dogs in confirmation shows, breeds solely because they love and want to improve the breed, and always register their dogs. Now, BYBs are not good, but you honestly didn't know. I got my first dog from a BYB because I had no idea about any of that at the time.

9. Puppies get a series of shots in their first several months of life. She will be given shots, although I can't for the life of me remember which shots come when.

10. Yes, most dogs change color (though they might get darker or lighter) as they grow. I'm not sure if this is true for other breeds, but I know that with Golden Retrievers, the color of their ears is a good indication of the color they will be when they're adults.

11. This is for all breeds, but start training now. Do not wait until Mia is older and has already picked up bad habits. Start obedience training - sit, lay down, stay, come, the basic commands.

Also, a few common diseases in Shih Tzus are: Patella luxation (a disorder of the knee joint), hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland, but easily treated), Intervertebral Disk Disease (a spinal problem), and general respiratory disorders. Just some things to be aware of. The fact that the breeder was most likely a BYB makes Mia more susceptible to these disorders, but it doesn't automatically mean she will get them.

Also, 7 weeks old is too young to take a dog from it's mother. At the very least, a puppy should leave its mother at 8 weeks, but in small breeds it is safer to take them away at 10 weeks. Just something to keep in mind, because dogs who are taken from their mothers too early are more likely to develop health and behavioral problems.

12. There are a lot of factors that can influence how dogs react to children. Some dogs are naturally wonderful with kids, and some just aren't. Since Mia is still very young, there is a good chance that she will love your son if you introduce them in a positive way. Generally, if puppies grow up around children, they will be more accepting of them than an adult dog who has never been around them before. You will have to teach your son, when he's older, how to play with and be around Mia. A toy breed like a Shih Tzu can get hurt very easily by a toddler. Any dog can become aggressive if provoked, so teach your son to be very gentle with her - no pulling her tail or anything like that :)

Good luck with your new dog! xx


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