How to potty-train your puppy

This is one of the most frequently asked questions that I hear.

Puppies don't have the physical ability to "hold it" until they are months old, and they don't understand that they can't just stop and "poop/pee" where ever the urge occurs. It is something we have to teach them and it is not something that most puppies can learn quickly.

I have a specific formula that I tell my students...The puppy must be in its crate, in a securely fenced yard (for short periods of time), or tied to an adults waist. That's right, no loose/free time in your house until the potty training is done.

What Breeds are Right for You?

If you are thinking about getting a puppy for your family, think about what breed, or mix of breeds will be the best suited for your lifestyle. Do some computer research about the breeds you are interested in, but it doesn't end there.

You must talk to people who own the breed...I don't mean breeders, I mean people who live with one in their family/house. Attend an obedience group class as a spectator and talk to people who have the breed you are thinking about.

If you have no idea what breed will work best for you, talking to the people and by watching an obedience class or two.

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