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~House Training Method & Schedule~
information from a breeder of Maltese for
your new puppy. ... Work out a schedule for
you and the puppy. Housetraining is much
easier when the ...
|Things you need for successful Housetraining:
1- A Carrier.
Use a plastic, dark carrier rather than an open, metal one. This is where the puppy will eat and drink.
2- An Exercise Pen.
Get a pen that is 36 inches x 36 inches . The
height of the panels shouldn't make it uncomfortable for you to bend into. A 24" height is ideal for Toy dogs.
The ex-pen is a safe zone for puppies to be in when they cannot be supervised.
You will use a piece long enough to line the entire are within the ex-pen. Smaller pieces will be used on top of the main piece for the
puppy to relieve themselves on.
The idea behind crate training is that you are implementing some structure into the puppy's life. You are teaching the puppy where and
when it should eat and where and when it should go to the bathroom.
A puppy should not be allowed free run of the house until it has been on a training schedule for at least 2 weeks.
You cannot expect too much from a puppy when you first bring it into your home. Age and history will play a major role in how the puppy or
adult take to the schedule and how long it will take for them to comprehend what you are trying to enforce. What you put into the training of
your puppy is what you're going to get out of it. If your puppy makes a mistake, its not their fault. It's your fault. Training your puppy isn't
going to be easy. It requires patience, consistency and determination on the part of the Owner. Getting your puppy trained when its
young and reinforcing this training method will make your dog a welcome addition to your family and home.
7:00 am Wake up. Go On Pish Pad
7:15-8:00 am Free Period in Kitchen
8:00 am Food & Water in Carrier
8:30 am Go on Pish Pad
8:45 am Free Period in Kitchen
9:30 am Confine to Carrier
12:30 pm Food & Water in Carrier
12:45 pm Go on Pish Pad
1:00 pm Free Period in Kitchen
1:45 pm Confine to Carrier
6:00 pm Food & Water in Carrier
6:30 pm Go on Pish Pad
6:45 pm Free Period in Kitchen
7:30 pm Confine to Carrier
11:00 pm Go on Pish Pad
Confine overnight in Carrier
Being creatures of habit, dogs will return to their "usual spot" whenever it is convenient.
Maltese can be trained to react to a conditioned stimulus in a certain way. (they can be taught to eliminate when you say a word over and
A behavior is likely to be repeated if it is positively reinforced. You should therefore be using food treats and praise to reinforce
elimination at the proper time, in the proper place
Keep your Maltese puppy up on a "consistent" housebreaking schedule. Feed at the "SAME" time ever day.
Designate one area outside as a "potty" area.
Take your Maltese out every 2 hours to the "potty" area, whether it has eaten or not.
The Maltese is very healthy breed. Generally, they live well into their teens and can be expected to be as playful and mischievous as when
they were pups. Maltese are spirited, intelligent, sensitive and responsive dogs, which makes them easy to train.
Housetraining Your Maltese Puppy
A job that you must take on soon is to teach your puppy to go to the bathroom in the right place. You will have to create the opportunities
for your puppy to go and then praise her and give her treats. If you do this repeatedly enough, it will become a habit. If you have a young
puppy it may take her several months to become housebroken and until that happens, set up an area in the house where your puppy will
stay when she is alone
To help your puppy, set up a regular schedule for sleeping and eating, followed by a stroll outside, as follows:
• Always first thing in the morning
• Always immediately after eating a meal
• Always after she wakes up from a nap.
Set the frequency of the outings at first with a timer or a clock set at 30 minutes, and take your puppy out each time the bell rings. As she
gets older, you can decrease the frequency of the outings. You only need to stay outside with her for a few minutes.
You will observe certain movements that show that she is about to go to the bathroom - learn to read her body language. Often Maltese
puppies will start circling or sniffing around, or holding their tail a certain way if you see your puppy doing what she does before she
goes, get her outside FAST! When she finally goes where you want, give her lots of praise and special food treats!
Praise - do not scold
Puppies have accidents and you should make sure that she is kept in an area where accidents don't cause lasting damage, such as a
kitchen with a hard surface floor where clean ups are easy and complete.
Don't show anger if your puppy has an accident inside, but give her lots of praise and treats when she goes outside. This positive
reinforcement will soon help her to understand which behavior works to her advantage.
NEVER yell at your dog, push her nose in her messes, or swat her if she has an accident. She needs time to learn. Remember that
human babies don't learn to use the toilet until they are 2 years old or sometimes older. If you get angry, she may just learn not to do it in
your presence and to a puppy this may mean that this is exactly the remedy not to do it in your presence. They may cower and appear to
be "sorry" when you yell, but they are just reacting to your yelling, not to what they did ten minutes or an hour ago.
NEVER leave your Maltese puppy unattended with full run of the house or in a non puppy-proofed room. When you can't watch her, put
your puppy in a puppy-safe dog run in a shady spot outside, with water and toys within her reach.
In the evening, clean the puppy's water and food bowls, and take her outside to relieve herself just before bedtime. DO NOT let her roam
free during the night. She should stay either in her room or crate through the night, but not longer than the 6-7 hours during which they
ALWAYS make sure to clean up the areas in the house where your dog has already messed. Your dog will mess again if she can smell
the areas. Use an enzyme-based detergent (like those sold in pet stores to clean up pet messes). Detergents that contain ammonia or
vinegar react with urine and will make it smell more.
Going on Command
Use a phrase or a couple of words ("GO Pish Pad ", for example) consistently to get your dog to go to the bathroom at the time and place
you want. Some dogs take longer than others to understand. Use it just like you use any verbal command like " SIT ," and then if she
does, give her lots of praise and treats. Never repeat a command two or three times in a row - your dog should know that a command is
said once, and that she is expected to follow immediately. Use a happy tone of voice, never an angry yell. Also, if you catch the puppy in
the act of "getting busy" in the correct spot, you can say "GET BUSY!! GOOD PUPPY! GET BUSY! GOOD, GOOD!!" so they associate that
phrase with what they are doing.