Puppy House Training

At Dog Training in Kent, we know that every puppy is different. That’s why our Puppy House Training is designed to be as flexible and individualised as possible. We focus on creating a training regimen that aligns with your puppy’s specific needs, as well as your own lifestyle and household rules.

Puppy House Training in Kent

Tailoring House Training to Your Puppy's Needs

I offer an introductory house training visit for your new puppy, right in the comfort of your own home. This visit equips you with essential skills and knowledge to ensure your puppy seamlessly integrates into its new family environment.

Dog Training Issues We Address

Our behavioural training solutions aim to tackle an array of issues including, but not limited to:

  • Selective obedience to ‘come’ commands
  • Inter-dog aggression within the family
  • Human-directed aggression
  • Destructive behaviours like nipping or biting
  • Anxieties and nervousness
  • Undesirable habits like digging or chewing
  • Escaping tendencies
  • Coprophagia (eating faecal matter)

Our approach to resolving these issues goes beyond simple obedience training to provide lasting solutions.

What's Included in the Visit?

  • Understanding canine learning processes
  • Guidelines for establishing house rules for your puppy
  • Encouraging desired behaviours in your pup
  • Addressing and correcting any inappropriate behaviours
  • Expert guidance on effective training techniques
I’ll also share crucial advice on:
  • Puppy healthcare such as flea and worm treatment
  • Selection of collars and leads
  • Nutritional recommendations for optimal puppy health
Feel free to ask any questions, and I’ll provide personalised solutions for you and your family’s puppy training in Kent. 

Justin's Golden Rules

  • Prepare a quiet, secure and adequate space like the kitchen or utility room for puppy’s bed (not your bed).
  • Limit the amount of physical affection like cuddles and strokes.
  • Teach your puppy boundaries like not jumping up on people or furniture. 
  • Train your puppy to stay in its designated space, offering free roam as an occasional treat (supervised).
  • Restrict access to upstairs and bedrooms. 
  • Puppy will explore with its mouth so never leave chewable or hazardous items within puppy’s reach.
  • Secure all valuable and hazardous substances in and outside of the home. 
  • Encourage visitors to not look, touch or talk to the puppy when they first arrive, interactions increase excitement.
  • Use toys judiciously to maintain interest and set boundaries.
  • Train your puppy to sit and wait before feeding.

Essential House Rules for Your Puppy

From day one, it’s vital to establish consistent house rules. Keep in mind that puppies grow quickly, so it’s best to set a single set of rules from the outset. 

Crates can be a sanctuary for your puppy, offering a personal space where it feels secure. They also discourage undesirable behaviours like chewing or weeing or pooing indoors. Make sure the crate is spacious, accounting for your puppy’s future growth. Add a comfortable bedding over a layer of newspaper in the crate’s base and provide a spill-proof water bowl.

Chewing is essential for your puppy’s dental health and a natural way to relieve anxiety or boredom. Train your puppy to understand what items are appropriate to chew on. If the puppy chooses the wrong item like a slipper, offer a suitable toy and praise the puppy when it switches.

For puppies that still manage to chew inappropriately when unattended, Bitter Apple is a spray deterrent that can be applied to items your pup tends to chew on.

Consistent tidying up prevents your puppy from finding items to chew on or play with inappropriately.

When puppies first arrive, they may be used to their mother cleaning up after them. It’s essential to guide them towards proper elimination habits.

Identify the surfaces your puppy is familiar with for elimination, and use similar materials for training.

Limit your puppy’s roaming area initially, using newspapers to identify designated ‘toilet’ spaces. Observe feeding times to anticipate when your pup will need to eliminate, then praise them for doing so in the right area.

Remember, should your puppy have an ‘accident’, reprimanding will only instill fear. Instead, gently guide them towards the correct behaviour.

FAQ

No, it’s never too early to start house training your puppy. In fact, early training has multiple benefits. Puppies are eager to learn, and their brains are like sponges soaking up every new experience. The sooner you can start training, the sooner your puppy will adapt to the house rules, making life easier for both of you. House training usually encompasses toilet training, crate training, and simple command training like ‘sit’ and ‘stay.’

Starting early helps in establishing a routine, which is crucial for effective training. Dogs thrive on routine; it makes them feel secure and helps them understand what is expected of them. The early stages of a dog’s life are a critical period for socialisation and learning. You don’t want to miss this window because early experiences can profoundly influence a dog’s future behaviour and temperament.

The time it takes for a puppy to be fully house-trained can vary widely. Factors that contribute to this include the puppy’s age, breed, and individual temperament, as well as the consistency and effectiveness of the training methods used. Generally speaking, you can expect to see significant progress within a few weeks, but full house training could take several months. It’s crucial to be patient and consistent throughout the process. Some breeds are known for being easier to train, while others might take a bit longer to catch on.

However, every puppy is an individual and may not conform to breed stereotypes. Regardless of breed, what’s most important is your commitment to the training process. Regular, consistent training sessions and a whole lot of patience are key.

Accidents are completely normal during the house training process and should be expected. The key to handling them effectively is to remain calm and not to punish the puppy. Punishment can lead to anxiety and confusion, making the house training process longer and more complicated. Instead, clean up the accident quietly and try to catch your puppy in the act next time, gently redirecting them to the appropriate spot for elimination.

Use an enzyme-based cleaner to remove the odour completely, as any lingering scent may encourage the puppy to use the same spot again. The idea is to make it clear to your puppy where it’s acceptable to go to the toilet. Over time, the puppy will get the message and accidents will become less frequent.

Yes, crate training is often an integral part of the house training process. When used correctly, a crate serves as a secure and comfortable space for your puppy, similar to a den in the wild. Crate training can also help teach bladder and bowel control. Dogs generally don’t like to soil their sleeping areas, so they’ll learn to hold it if they’re in their crate.

Remember, however, that puppies have limited bladder control. Make sure to take your puppy out to relieve itself at frequent intervals and gradually extend the duration as they learn control.

Absolutely, our goal is to provide you with all the support you need to ensure successful house training. The initial training sessions are just the beginning. We offer follow-up sessions to reinforce the training and address any concerns or challenges you may encounter. Our trainers are also available for consultations, either in person or via phone or email, to provide advice and solutions for any training difficulties you may experience.

It’s often said that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but when it comes to house training, that’s simply not true. Older dogs can be house-trained using the same principles as puppies, although it may take a little longer for them to adapt to new routines.

The key, as with puppies, is consistency, patience, and positive reinforcement. With older dogs, it’s also crucial to rule out any medical issues that might be causing incontinence or other house-soiling problems. Always consult your vet before beginning a house training program with an older dog.

Knowing when your puppy is ready for more advanced training involves observing their behaviour carefully. If they have mastered the basics like ‘sit’, ‘stay’, and ‘come’, and are reliably using the designated toilet areas, you can consider moving on to more complex commands and tricks.

A good indicator is the level of focus your puppy can sustain. Younger puppies have shorter attention spans, but as they grow and master basic commands, their ability to concentrate for longer periods generally improves. This is often a good sign that they’re ready for advanced training.

Treats can be a very effective training aid when used correctly. They serve as positive reinforcement, encouraging your puppy to repeat behaviours you want to see. However, it’s essential to use treats judiciously.

Overuse can lead to obesity or nutritional imbalances. It’s also crucial to phase out treat rewards gradually as your puppy learns each new behaviour, replacing them with other forms of positive reinforcement like praise or play. Eventually, your puppy should be able to perform the desired behaviours without needing a treat as an incentive.

If you have a question that hasn’t been addressed in our FAQs, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We understand that every dog and household is unique, and you may have specific concerns that require personalised guidance. Our ultimate aim is to equip you with actionable insights and tools from the very first session. The success of the training is a symbiotic process, relying on both the dog’s learning and your consistent application of the techniques taught. Feel free to contact us for any further queries or clarifications.