I already have planned out a way I will train my new puppy that is coming home in a few months. (Havn't actually found the puppy yet...) But do any breeders out there have tips on training the puppy? It is going to be a medium or small dog, most likely a medium dog. Possibly a Scottie, Golden Retriever, West Highland Terrior, a Maltese, Labrador, or other breeds revolving around those, will be an example of what breed I will be getting. Please help!! First time dog owner!!! Thank you!
P.S. I'd just like to take a moment and thank all the responses everyone has given me so far, and the responses that will ppossibly come in the future. So thanks again everyone!
***Edited By: Sanimallover on 6/21/2009 10:40:03 PM*** Reason: Thanking Everyone
I'm not a breeder, but I do have alot of experience with animals. Crate training is one of the first steps you should take. It helps you, and your pupy in the long run. Potty training is a big plus too. If the puppy is very young, like 8 weeks, you need to take it out to do his/her buisness every 1 to 2 hours, after eating/drinking, sleep time, play time, ect. Puppies do not really "get it" until about 6 months of age. If you are away at work for a long period of time (more than 2 hours) Put the puppy in a exercise pen with a potty pad, food, water, bed, and toys. If possible have someone to come by every few hours for play and exercise time. There alot of training methods, and once you decide on what kind of dog you get, then go from there because every breed has different behaviors, and some are eaiser to train than others. Good luck with your new baby, and someone else will be by to give you more pointers.
The maltese really seems like the odd ball in your list. You definatly have breeds from all over the spectrum. Socialization should be reallly high on your to do list with your puppy. the terriers esp. the scottie can really be dog, cat, and anything small and fuzzie agressive. Potty training just takes a lot of time, crate training is the best thing you can do. I would definatly invest in the x-pen for a young puppy. It gives them a personal space when it is hard to keep an eye on them. Just be strong and loving. Don't spoil to much , just enough or you will regret it later. Good luck with whatever breed you choose.