Thinking of taking a little over a week off from work to start training my new puppy. Enough for a start?
I will train more of course but is that enough for the begining?
Nope. you can't expect a puppy to be house trained in a week.
How long do you work? If it's more than 5 or 6 hours at a time, then your dog will also need doggie daycare or a petsitter to come in and walk him.
It will deff help with housetraining. I think it is only fair for someone to be home with a puppy all day when they are learning housetraining… it will speed things up like crazy too! Just remember to not leave the puppy aloen for mroe than 4 hours once you do return to work. and one week will only get things started.. u will still need to work hard after that week.
I bought my puppy at 10 weeks and she was house broken within 2 weeks. I trained her with the crate method. I think a week of full time training is a good amount of time. and are you speaking of house breaking or other training?
To be honest you are thinking about this too much.
Training your dog should be done half an hour in the morning and half an hour at night. best time to get a dog to be obedient is to train just before they eat. Then when you use treats they are eager to learn because they are hungry and want the food.
Don't try to train your dog until it's about six/seven months in age as you'll just get frustrated. I have found that you can teach a dog to sit from day one but – Come – Stay – Lie etc should be done at seven months on. Trust me on this! like I say try at moment getting him to sit for now thats all.
A week is great but don't expect miracles. It's a great bonding period but also make sure you start working on your obedience basics.
Housebreaking -figure that they can hold it one hour for every month of age. Hoping that you are getting a 10-12 week old puppy(anything under that is too young to remove from the litter), you should be comfortable crate training for 2-3 hours at a time. If you can't get your work schedule to be flexible and allow you time to go and let the puppy out, that week off will be for nothing plus it will take lots longer to house train the puppy.
Good luck and have fun!
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