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Hopefully you've done some good homework before you've brought your new furry friend home. Factors such as how active you are can have a big impact on the breed you choose. What personality does your dog have? Is it best matched for you and your home environment?

Positive vs Negative. While 'NO' is a command that puppies need to understand, my problem with the use of the word 'NO' is that most puppies don't understand it. Or at the very least, not correctly. Why? Because it's so general and far too often used for a variety of things.

Puppies (in fact all dogs) need to understand 'NO', or 'STOP' but to do that they need a little bit of help first. The sad thing is, 'NO' is way out in front for words used the most with puppies brought home. I prefer to concentrate on the positive, and catch what has be done right. By seeing more good in your puppy, praising and rewarding the positive behaviour becomes a lot more enjoyable for them. And for you!

Every puppy/dog is different, every breed is different. There is no 'one size fits all' solution. However, one thing that is the same is the fact your puppy/dog loves you, wants your attention and wants to impress you . Puppies/dogs can communicate with you in a good or a bad way. I know which one I would prefer!

General info for you...

When your puppy wakes up, take him/her outside to the toilet. Use "hurry up" or "wee wees," and use praise/treat reward him/her for going to the toilet outside. A key thing to remember is what your puppy doesn't know, it doesn't know! So catch the action and use the cue words in that moment, only once the word is understood should you use it to ask the command before it's done. Patience and timing is key here.

Walking...A general rule of thumb is to walk no more than five-ten minutes per month in age; this protects the growing process and little and often is always better than longer walks, especially in the younger months.

Young pups can generally hold their bladder for one hour per month of age. If you're out, you'll need to make arrangements to come home or have someone help and let your puppy out during the day. He/she should go out to the toilet as soon as he comes out of his crate. From experience, a pen and puppy pads can work but should only be considered for the early weeks of puppy/house integration.

Your puppy will also need regular feeding-most puppies should eat three times a day and twice a day throughout their adulthood. Feeding can vary by breed, so follow recommendations of your breeder and vet.

Limit 'training' to fun 5-10 min sessions wherever you can during the day. Use mini walks as mini training sessions, use fun play times as mini training sessions. What is it you want to work on? Your sessions are attention for your pup and they will love your time, praise and reward,

The last thing you need to do before going to bed is take your puppy out to the toilet. Limit heavy evening drinking with common sense. Your pup needs water but does it need 2 litres in the bowl? Either way, you might need to get up regularly the first few weeks, but then he/she should start sleeping through the night.

House Training

Your puppy needs to go out to the toilet frequently: when he/she wakes up, after playing, after eating, after drinking and every 20 to 30 minutes while he's awake and uncrated. This will limit accidents while catching plenty of opportunity to praise the positive behaviour when toileting in the garden. If your pup is going regularly in the house ask yourself am I letting him/her out enough and giving praise/reward for that? A telling off for going to the toilet in the house should only happen if talking to yourself in the mirror! Catch the good, don't reprimand the bad. As mentioned earlier, dogs do need to know whats right and wrong and understand when you're not happy. But pick your moments. Simply put, the 80/20% rule. Make sure the 80%+ is the positive part if you can.