When Should I start Training My Puppy?

I just adopted a 5 week old staffshire terrier. We are unsure if we should begin training her yet. She seems to be taking to house breaking as far as paper training. Although she is very nippy I discovered leaving the room after she gets a hold of me works rather well. Any advice would help.

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She loves to cuddle, sleep and play which is normal and she appears to be in good health. She was left outside of someone's house, luckily that person worked at a shelter. We are going to the vet tomorrow to make sure everything is in working order. I'll let you know how works out.

Jon from New Jersey

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When Should I start Training My Puppy?

Oh, your new baby is SO cute! My Daughter's friend has this breed and they love kids and are very intelligent, so you should have an easy time training her. Good luck and take care of that little sweetheart- what a doll! (11/08/2005)

By Kendy

When Should I start Training My Puppy?

Start training the puppy right now! Personally, I do not believe in the paper training thing. I think you should start immediately taking the dog outside to the designated spot where you want the dog to potty each day. You'll be surprised how quickly they will catch on. Also, be sure you keep the dog confined to a small area when you are not directly interacting with her. Most dogs won't potty where they sleep. I think a pet taxi or crate works great for this kind of thing. Good luck! (11/08/2005)

By Robin

When Should I start Training My Puppy?

I started potty training right away. Consistency is the key. Go to the door you want your dog to exit everytime. She will learn quick if you are consistent. Promise! Give a yip, open the door and walk her to go where you want her to potty. Say "Go Pee"By the tenth day, my pup was eight wks, she was catching on. I was home though. If you're not able to do this try it when you are home. But don't expect quickness if you're not able to be there 24-7. Good luck. As far as obedience, I was told 10 months their brains are ready for the stay, sit, go commands. Check with your local obedience trainers. They would love to tell you. Consistency, just like kids! That's what really works! Enjoy her, she' adorable! :) (11/08/2005)

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By Jennifer,CA

When Should I start Training My Puppy?

I too have a Staffordshire, we trained her right away, never on paper, we crate trained her. Now her crate is her bed and safety zone we lock her up when we go out and she is content and happy in there. When we are home the door is left open and she goes in and out as she wishes. When we say bed she goes right in. She has never had an accident in her crate. Always take her out the same door in which you would like her to go and say a keyword ours is "outside". This way she can let you know when it is time to go by her actions. When you see her head towards that door let her out or especially when you see her start sniffing the floor say your keyword "outside". Make sure to always take out as soon as she is done eating or drinking, playing, and before bedtime. When you take her out say your phrase "go potty' and dont play with her until after she goes and praise her if she dosent go return her to her crate for a period of time until she whimpers or whines then backoutside repeat it took our puppy only a couple days to get her routine down. They are very smart and loyal dogs and great with kids. Ours never barks but does seem to have her own language at times. Good Luck. (11/09/2005)

By jen in florida

When Should I start Training My Puppy?

well i have a 3 month puppy and i just buy paper for him to do his buisness and when he does it on paper i give him a treat so always reward your dogs if u want them to be trained (08/01/2006)

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