"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.
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.
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
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.
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.