Puppy Training

Puppy Training is one of the most challenging aspects of your life with your dog. Find all the puppy training tips and techniques shared by other puppy owners like you.


April 28, 2009 | By stephanie k. | 10

I have been crate training my pet to potty train him even though it has always been a hard concept for me to do. I don't like the idea of leaving him in a crate during the day. However, someone recently just told me that not only should you leave … more ›

stephanie k.
Dennis S.

April 28, 2009

A: A crate if treated correctly can become a place of great comfort to your pet. I have fed my pets in the crate and when I would say time for bed they would rush to the crate because they knew it was treat time so it became a place where good things ha… more ›

October 13, 2008 | By Emily | 7

OK,it feels like my puppy will never be potty trained. Uuuh it is sooo agrivating. We thought she was potty trained but then she started going in the house again. I NEED HELP!!!


October 13, 2008

A: If you're not using the crate training method, I suggest you do. Make sure you have your puppy on a strict schedule of eating, playing and going out to eliminate. Use the same schedule for your days off. Puppies cannot be expected to have good b… more ›

September 29, 2008 | By Alicia | 11

Today is the first day of leaving my 3 month old teacup yorkie home alone while I am at work. OI set up my large bathroom with a play area with an arrangement of toys, a food/water area, training pad area as well as a place to rest. I left the bathro… more ›

Stephanie L.

September 30, 2008

A: Stop being a baby.

July 14, 2008 | By Throwback682 | 10

We have a 7 week old mixed breed puppy that we got from a friend. We got him at 5-1/2 weeks and immediately started crating him at night. He screamed all night for quite a while. The first few nights I didn't realize he couldn't hold it all night… more ›


July 13, 2008

A: How big is his crate? I had the same problem with my puppy but then we got her a crate that cam with a divider and we made it small enough that she wouldn't pee but big enough so she could turn around. Good luck!

July 6, 2008 | By Debbie C. | 4

Should I keep him in a crate and only allow him out when it is potty time, or allow for play time and potty time? Or should I keep him outdoors and bring him in at night? Just wondered what is the best method for rapid potty training of my new puppy!… more ›

Marta J.

July 6, 2008

A: There is no rapid method. It takes time and consistancy. Only leave him in the crate for short periods of time, like when you can't watch him. Let him out as soon as he wakes up and about 15 to 20 min after he eats. Take him out every hour or so to t… more ›

February 5, 2009 | By Rem | 6

I have a five month old cocker spaniel that my parents have entrusted me to train. Im trying to keep him from not jumping all over me and my family when we get home. and also ear biting. Is that something he'll grow out of?

Lindsay A.

February 6, 2009

A: When puppies nip at me, my favorite thing to do is act like a litter mate who would not approve. Make a yelping puppy noise! Works like a charm, and you get to act like a puppy.

October 2, 2008 | By Angela C. | 9

I have 3 month old Chihuahua and I need some help on potty training her. Please help.

Angela C.

October 2, 2008

A: Have you tried wee wee pads? Do you have a crate to place him in for time out? You can place newspapers in a specific location for him to make on. When he does go potty you should reward him w/ a treat. Good luck. P.S. Chihuahua's are intelligent … more ›

June 28, 2010 | By Mary T. | 1

How can I stop my dog from chewing shoes? I heard about tying a chewed shoe around his neck, in shame, but that sounds a little barbaric.

Mary T.

July 12, 2010

A: That method of stopping your dog from chewing shoes may not be “barbaric,” but usually not effective. (You may be confused with the old farmer’s tactic — tying a dead chicken on the neck of the dog that killed it and that didn’t always work… more ›

September 7, 2008 | By Catgun | 5

I just rescued 2 wonderful puppies (brothers) - needless to say they did not have a lot of structure and balance in their early weeks, however training is going well...BUT I can not get them to come when I call! I am currently using the clicker metho… more ›


September 7, 2008

A: Figure out who is the ring leader and who is the follower. Start working with the ring leader seperate, then the follower seperate. Make sure you are feeding two times a day and not leaving food out. A little bit hungry dog is more willing to work fo… more ›

June 28, 2010 | By Mary T. | 1

At the dog park, my puppy never wants to play with other dogs. Can I teach him how to play?

Mary T.

July 12, 2010

A: You can teach a dog almost anything (including how to raise his leg to “pee” if you insist) but some dogs just weren’t born to play and aren’t innately playful. Behavioral studies actually rate dog breeds by “playfulness” (scientific res… more ›

July 25, 2009 | By Jordyn T. | 7

i have a chihuahua and we want to train her to go potty outside she's getting better but she still goes in the house. also we just bought hardwood floor and if she pees it will be bad for the floor so... any tips.

Jordyn T.

July 25, 2009

A: Until she gets the process down, you should try Puppy Training Pads. They are sold in pet stores and some times grocery store. I use them for my dog and they are great. They have an attractant in them that the dog senses but people don't. When t… more ›

May 12, 2009 | By Midwestwoman | 9

I'm not asking for myself, only doing a survey, because I just heard of someone who is taking her dog to a class where the trainer recommended an alpha roll. Please respond by telling me what kind of tools and methods you use to train your dog - cho… more ›


May 12, 2009

A: I went to Petco and walked out (terrible method used in that store) ... then I went to Petsmart and found out about Dr. Dunbar - now I am at St. Huberts and they use positive training according to Dr, Dunbar and others. I wouldn't use any other train… more ›

January 20, 2009 | By Eden v. | 3

All I really need to know is how does someone with an obsesive need to clean, wait out the house training of a new puppy because it is literally driveing me nuts, I sat in my room yesterday and cryed because the dog pooped on the floor and my sone wa… more ›

Eden v.

January 20, 2009

A: i felt sad to hear you so upset! i know how difficult house training can be.we raise pups for NEADS,not only did we go through it once we did it several times and then i just had to get my own pup.so we did it again! Do not be so hard on yourself! i… more ›

January 8, 2009 | By Azzurrapl | 5

Before I adopted my puppy - I got the book "The Puppy Whisperer" from a friend..... and I read that. My book has pink & yellow highllighting througout. Nice Reading - but is there a better book for a new puppy owner - someone who has had dogs before… more ›

Cindy S.

January 8, 2009

A: Raising puppies with children author Pia Silvani

December 27, 2008 | By Amba35 | 13

Everyone has been very helpful with my walking/leash problem. I also need advice on potty training tips and feeding schedule please! This is my first puppy!

jennifer r.

December 28, 2008

A: Crate training is the easiest way to potty train in my experience, and that also helps the puppies in the chewing stage learn what is appropriate to chew up and saves my house from destruction while I shower! (I put a chew toy & pup in the crate) and… more ›

December 2, 2008 | By GypsyEyezNY | 11

We just adopted a 6 month old puppy from the humane society & my husband and I are crate training him. He hasn't really had many accidents inside & he holds it until we take him outside. I just feel bad having him in the crate all day. One trainer t… more ›

Lucy B.

December 2, 2008

A: If you do not work then there is no reason to have the puppy in the crate for a full day. The easiest way of crate training a puppy is to introduce them to with the door open at first, then close it for a few minutes with some of his favorite toys. (… more ›


December 25, 2007 | By Matt V. | 460

IOWA – At one time, Spartan was just a stray, spending his time outside of a middle school in Burlington. Now, the puppy is on the path of becoming Burlington School District’s first certified therapy dog. According to an article … more ›

Therapy Dog Joins Elementary Family

December 6, 2007 | By EarlyBird | 726

Whether young or old, there's few people who wouldn't love to spend Christmas morning playing with a warm, fuzzy new pet. As consumers stroll malls across the country, they will undoubtedly pass a pet store or two, and not be able to resist the big … more ›

Pets Are Companions, Not Gifts

March 23, 2010 | By Mary T. | 30

Some new puppy owners believe that nothing is cuter than a fuzzy, wiggly tail, but those puppy dog eyes really seal the deal, melting hearts even as owners clean up the biggest of messes. To survive the classic puppy vices — chewing on shoes, yippi… more ›

It's National Puppy Day - O Happy, Yappy Day!

November 30, 2009 | By AmberOnyxPal | 61

For some pet owners, “Roll Over!” is just not enough. They want to keep teaching their pets new tricks. And for some of those pet owners, showing tricks at family get-togethers is just not enough… Their dogs could be stars! Hollywood Paws… more ›

Hollywood Paws Proves You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks


January 31, 2009 | By Chris | 1

Training your puppy is more than just housetraining and the basics. Puppy socialization is a key factor in your puppy training routine. The crucial period for puppies in this training process can range from 4 to 12 weeks of age. Du… more ›

January 6, 2009 | By Butte Humane S. | 1

Enrolling your puppy in a puppy kindergarten or a puppy training class will have many benefits. This will be a way to take your puppy out of the house once a week where he will be exposed to many new situations during a critical period of socializati… more ›

February 27, 2009 | By Karli W. | 1

I'm working on training my puppy to do the general things: sit, stay, etc. I'm having a serious struggle with trying to accomplish just ONE of these. He's a Shih Tzu, and I've done a little research about the training difficulties. If anyone has any … more ›

February 9, 2009 | By Dewitt G. | 5

Lesson #1 on the DVD - Teaching your puppy what's an appropriate chew toy and what's not.

January 31, 2009 | By Chris | 0

Training your puppy not to chew up the house is sometimes a difficult job. Chewing objects is an inevitable part of a young puppies' life and this exploration can lead to an injured puppy or damaged property in your house. As puppies begin to teeth… more ›

January 17, 2009 | By Renee M. | 0

Today was Marley's 2nd training class. She learned to sit and stay. I was surprised at how quick she learned the sign for stay (open palm out in front like saying Stop). It only took her about 3 tries to pick it up. I was sooo proud of her. Next we l… more ›

December 11, 2008 | By Dustin A. | 0

Get Your Puppy Enrolled Into Puppy Training School As Early as Possible Why you should get your puppy into the best puppy training program possible, as early as you can. By Pat Miller What’s the best age… more ›

November 11, 2008 | By Teayl J. | 0

I believe the three top skills to teach a puppy are eye contact, attention and focus. I utilize several behavior games to train for this. I believe these are foundation behaviors that make all other training easier. If you are "relevent" to your dog/… more ›

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