I agree with ppcaffery. An obedience class is the best thing you can do right now. 10 wks old is very young for a puppy. They cannor hold it very long. They have limited ability to understand what you want unless you reward good behavior and ignore the bad. It is hard to explain here, but if you can witness the instructor work with your dog, you will actually see the`lightbulb come on' whe your dog understands. Whatever you do, don't punish the puppy in any way or you will set yourself back months in training.
The house training is a test for both of you! After my pup had eaten/watered I waited, watching him closely, for 30 minutes or so, and then out the door we went! We just walked around the yard a bit until he relieved himself and then he got high praise for a job well done. At the end of the evening we also took a yard walk until he dirtied. Overnite he had papers put down where he was penned in, which he used. Upon rising I would whisk him out the door. After two weeks he no longer used the papers and after eating he would track me down and then stare at me wanting to go outside. Two weeks and he was housebroken and no accidents! Yet, you need to gauge how long it takes for the food to process through their systems, 30 minutes after eating may be too long for your pup's size, mine is a Great Dane.
As he got older I placed a string of bells on our back door and he paws those when he needs to go out!
Training is repetition. Several times per day, but no longer than 15 minutes at a time, Gently push their butt down and say sit, keeping eye contact with them. Let them get up, move somewhere else in the room, repeat by the same steps. Be kind, but firm. After a few days when your pup knows sit, then ease his legs down and the command is "down". I also applied a hand gesture using my pointer finger and moving it from above his head level towards the floor.
Look into your local parks and rec offerings as many times they have classes. Don't despair as to his not getting with the program right away. They're babies that learn and mature at different rates!
Any ideas on puppy training other than house breaking?
By Reeseewi from Waupaca, WI
By Patty Lynn
By Patty Lynn
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