"Maltese Puppy Training Tips"

Maltese are highly intelligent and enjoy learning.

Maltese embrace learning with enthusiasm.

Training any puppy requires patience, kindness and

consistency on your part.

 Puppies should be trained with positive reinforcement only.

Most problems that arise in training are the fault of the handler

and not the puppy. Training sessions should be a time to strengthen

the bond between you and your puppy.                                                                              

House Training:

Diligence, attention and patience are the keys to house training a

Maltese puppy. Dogs are creators of habit. If they smell urine while walking

around your home  they will pee there. Put a pee wee pad where ever they pee

and in time they will figure it out and pee only on the pee wee pad. 

Never put them on the ground out side until they have had their

third of forth set of puppy shots!

During house training, your puppy should not be left unattended

out in the back yard area when doing their potty business as they love to

eat plants that can make them sick. If you want your puppy to go out side to do

their potty business take your puppy out when they first wakes up in the

morning, after your puppy eats,  after their nap and at  bedtime on an

established schedule. In the beginning of your puppies potty training, try to

give them an outside break every couple hours. Take your puppy out of the

house at the same spot to do their business.

Maltese and many other small breeds have a difficult time with house

training because  they never learn to communicate their need to go or are

under a year and still learning. If you see your puppy walking around in a

circles they are getting ready to do their potty business, quickly pick up your

puppy and place them on a potty pee wee pad, or take them out side in the

desired spot you want your puppy to do their business.

Crate Training:

A crate provides your puppy with a safe place. Their crate

should be large enough for them to sit, stand, turn around and lie

down in, with enough room for food and water bowl, but not

much larger.  Place a dog bed or pillow in their crate. They shouldn't be left in

the crate for long periods of time unless you have to go to work or you have

due things that don't allow you to be home. Crated training keeps your puppy

safe. Your puppy should never be placed in the crate as punishment.

Introduce them to it in short intervals with encouragement and praise.  They

will eventually know that it "belongs" to them and is their space. You can also

use your bathroom with a dogie gate. When this happens, the crate or

bathroom is where they will go when they want to sleep or be

alone. Because puppies tend to form such strong bonds with their

human guardians they are prone to separation anxiety. Crate

training your puppy can eliminate some of the issues that could accompany

this problem.

Basic Obedience:

Teaching your puppy basic obedience skills such as sit, stay and

coming when called can be easily done by using treats

reinforcement with lots of praises of encouragement followed by

hugs and kisses. Treat training involves teaching a puppy to

associate obedience or tricks with a treats of re-encouragement

praises with hugs and kisses.

Training is broken down into small steps with each step toward

the desired behavior which is immediately followed by a treat

and encouragement, praises with hugs and kisses. Being

diligence and patience in  training you puppy.

Excessive Barking:

Maltese dogs don't usually bark too much. With basic obedience

training  teach your puppy the command "stop." while spraying them with

water and when your dog has stopped give them reinforcement with a treat and

praise them with hugs and kisses. This too will assist you in stopping the

excessive barking. Do ensure that your puppy has what he

needs -- food, water, shelter, enough attention, and frequent

bathroom breaks. If they are not getting these needs met, it's not

excessive barking you're experiencing.  Your dog is telling you

what he needs and hears.