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    Question How long to train a puppy a day? e.g. 10mins? 15mins? 20mins? Also Toilet Issues? :(

    Hi Guys,

    I just got a british bulldog pup (named Hugo) on the weekend and started training him already (his doing great with sit commands and no). I was just wondering how long should i train him for? e.g. 10mins, 15mins?

    Also, I'm trying to toilet train Hugo (indoor) however having a little difficulty.. He doesn't seem to poo in the same place where he wees... can someone please give advise on how to fix this situation?

    Thanks in advance!

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    No longer than 3 - 5 minutes at a time (this is their thinking time and after this the learning decreases). You can do that as many times a day as you want. I like to advice my puppy people (in classes) to do it during ad breaks on tv. Make sure you finish each session on a good note ie: if your struggling with something then finish the session with a cue that your dog does know.

    Re: toilet training. Vigilance and management.
    Take pup outside to toilet straight after meals and naps and every 2 - 3 hours.
    Do NOT rub your dogs nose in it. All your dog learns is to slink away and do it in secret. If you catch pup in the act, quickly pick up and take him outside to finish.
    Always praise your pup for going outside. You can even add a cue word if you like and teach him to go on command.

    Management - If you can't be supervising puppy, then take pup out for a toilet break and then place in a confined area such as the laundry or bathroom or a puppy play pen if you have one.

    Here are some good videos on toilet training and confinement training.
    TheUrbanPuppy's Channel - YouTube

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    And......here are some free down-loads to give you more info

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    I do a lot of very short training sessions with my puppies.....the thing I stress the most in my puppy classes is socialisation.

    Get as many people of different sizes, sexes, ethnicity and age to handle your puppy friendly and happily under your supervision. Also as many strange new experiences and dogs in every size and shape as long as they are friendly. The most important weeks are between 8-12 weeks and after that 12-16 weeks old. Just make sure the puppy does not have any scary experiences during this time (or any time)

    Puppy training is all about how good you are...it is up to you to make sure the puppy does everything in the place you want it done. If there are mistakes, just only tell yourself off

    I take my puppies out really frequently the first days, even hourly. I take them out on lead and ask them to "go pee" or what ever....after they go, I praise and reward and after that the ultimate reward of some play time and a little walk ( very small for little puppies). After that I bring them in....if they did not go, I do not play with them and when I bring them in, it is into the crate, if they didn't go.....give them some time and do the same again. I Sort of make them realise they have to do something before the reward/play. If they go, I allow them inside loose under supervision for some time. I also often have my new dogs on lead indoors (umbilical system)
    My adult dogs still have the habit of going out through the door...quick toilet in their toilet area....on to play or walk, it is now habit......It also means when we walk on lead, they have been and do not go on the walks.
    Pets are forever

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    Wow! Thanks guys for your tremendous advice! NOTED!

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    I did 10 min increments of firstly about 3 times a day....their attention span is really short and it needs to be kept fun. First thing I taught was sit and look (they must give you 100% eye contact at the look command). If you can get the puppy to look at you...then you have their full attention....a HUGE step in training them

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    For doggy walking - rule of thumb is about 5 minutes per month of age.

    House training - like Newfsie said. You need to be vigilant - any mistakes - are all yours. So it's completely in your power to fix it. Any time the puppy wakes up or finishes play or training or dinner or 30 mins after dinner or every 2 hours - take him outside until he performs. If you're easily distracted try keeping the puppy on lead or in a crate or x-pen when you can't be paying attention eg when making dinner. As soon as that puppy starts sniffing the ground - take him outside pronto. Turn dinner off if you have to. If there should be an accident despite your best efforts - clean up with bicarb soda, vinegar and water and rags. Never use bleach because it smells like a good place to pee again.

    Your puppy is learning constantly - so all the time is training time. But for formal sessions - I train for two sets of five treats (rewards) with a play break between. Or one beatles song - ie a couple of minutes. I find if I don't set a timer - my dog tends to lose interest at around the five minute mark and my timing goes wrong and it stops being fun for us. Start each new task (eg sit/come/stay) in an area of very low distraction and then gradually build up the distractions by moving to bigger rooms or outside.

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