SawStar's Maltese

"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 full 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. 


"Keep Vaccinations Current"


 Our Maltese puppies are thoroughly vet examined for

health concerns before going to their adopted family. The mother's first milk right after puppy's are born provides them with a natural resistance against just about

all diseases for the first several weeks. After that, they require vaccinations to keep their immune systems healthy. Recommendation by my veterinarian,  

inoculation is to be given 3 weeks apart starting at 6 weeks of age.... for example: 6, 9, 12, 15 and so on.


Things to think about ...As a responsible owner of a new puppy it is highly recommended to wait until your puppy reaches eight to twelve weeks of age to be adopted so that the puppy doesn't get hypoglycemia when ever you are away from home.  It is up to you to follow up and continue your puppy’s vaccination plus De-worming medication that has been recommended. Puppy's that have to be flown to their destination have to be twelve weeks of age.



Canine Distemper


Adenovirus Type 2




Parvovirus Vaccine


As a responsible breeder we take pride in the health and condition of our puppies. I will do everything in my power to ensure that the puppy you take home today is free of any sickness or disease. We strive to have happy, healthy, and well socialized puppies to adapt to their new home environment

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