When it comes to potty training, while we do not directly address this in our program, we know all the tips & tricks to help you get started and help you avoid puppy pads completely!

1. Remove the Puppy Pads: If you are using these, they actually teach your dog that it is perfectly acceptable to go to the bathroom inside. By putting these pads on your floor for "potty needs", whenever they touch that similar flooring with their paws it creates an association in their brain that it is okay! This applies to how she feels about the kennel for the time being.

2. Potty Training Schedule: Your pup, at this age, needs to be taken out on a leash every 2-3 hours, around the clock for starters. As they get better, you can extend that to 3-4 hours. We do this on-leash because it shows the puppy there is a difference between "potty time" and "play-time", and they get less distracted.

3. Do not punish your puppy for accidents, they are still exploring the world and still learning. If you punish your dog, rub their nose in it, etc. they will just start to be sneakier or develop excitable or submissive peeing tendencies. If we keep an eye on them, accidents are less likely to happen because the body language they demonstrate is usually telling. If you notice a puppy starting to have an accident, pick up your puppy and take them immediately outside, and reward them heavily for finishing outside with food from their meal. Consistency is key!

4. Kenneling is absolutely necessary. A kennel should only be big enough for them to walk in, turn around, and lie down. Any extra room/space will give them the ability to create a "potty corner". Dogs should be kenneled whenever you are unable to pay attention to them, overnight, and whenever you're not home. This will help with accidents, as young dogs are no different than toddlers! If we do not watch them, they're bound to do something they are not supposed to! If kenneling isn't an option for you, you can attach a leash to your belt and keep a close eye on your puppy at all times!

Alabama Dog Training

Alpha Instincts Dog Training

Alabama, the Yellowhammer State, is a fantastic area to visit, with many breathtakingly gorgeous cities, villages, and sights to see! Here is a selection of 15 stunning images of this magnificent state. Enjoy these top Alabama tourist attractions:

Huntsville Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens in Huntsville provide visitors a tranquil setting in which to relax and unwind.

Visitors can stroll around the flower displays, forests, and wildflowers.

Make a point of visiting the Garden of Hope, which is devoted to cancer sufferers and their families.

Cheaha State Park

Cheaha State Park is located in the counties of Cleburne and Clay.

The park is truly breathtaking and brimming with natural beauty.

Talladega National Forest, which boasts Alabama's highest peak, surrounds the park.

Chewacla Falls

Chewacla Falls is located in Chewacla State Park and is a great place for a family outing.

The park's centerpiece is Chewacla Lake, which offers a variety of activities such as fishing, swimming, and boating.

Mobile's Downtown

Mobile, Alabama, is a lovely city in Mobile County. It is densely packed with art museums and other performing arts venues.

The city is well-known for hosting the country's oldest carnival.

Florence, AL

Florence, Alabama, has a population of about 40,000 people and is located in the northwest region of the state.

This small town is well-known for the tourism events that it hosts each year. Every year, visitors rush to this town to enjoy the W.C Handy Music Festival.

Fort Payne Depot Museum is located in Fort Payne, Alabama.

Fort Payne was built in 1891, at a period of high mining activity in the town.

The structure is now a museum containing various Native American artifacts.

The edifice is a sight to behold, especially the round tower that rests in one of its corners.

Gulf Beaches

The Gulf Shores of Alabama are a great area for relaxation, enjoyment, and adventure.

With white-sand beaches and breathtaking sunsets, you'll never want to leave.

The sand is composed of quartz grains that have been washed down from the Appalachian Mountains over thousands of years.

Martin's Lake

Lake Marin is a massive 44,000-acre lake. It has a shoreline that is over 750 kilometers long and is densely forested. The lake is a reservoir created by the construction of the Martin Dam.

People who wish to camp, water ski, or go boating flock to the area.

Birmingham, Alabama's Magic City historical structure

Shades Creek's historic mill was built in 1926. The mill had fallen into disrepair by the year 2,000.

Mike Franklin and John Parker erected a new wheel, which has transformed the facility into what it is now.

Perdido Bay

Perdido Bay is a coastal lagoon with barrier islands and an entrance located near the mouth of the Perdido River.

A barrier system used to restrict tidal flow can be found near the pass's entrance.

Alabama's Wetumpka

This bridge, which was erected as a Federal Aid Project in 1927, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

In 1989, the bridge was modified to support only one line of traffic, and in 1991, the bridge was closed to traffic and a new one was constructed alongside it.

Alabama Dog Training

Alpha Instincts Dog Training

Getting a new puppy really does mix things up a bit!  So I thought I would share a few Puppy Dog Training TIPS for all you puppy owners out there:

  • Puppies take lots of time and effort (be prepared for these little bundles of fluff to rule your life for a little while) but they are so worth all the effort!
  • Consistent training is the key to success and it is never too early to start training your puppy
  • Keep the training sessions SHORT (10 mins x 4 times per day is plenty)- Quality is better than quantity
  • Reward & focus on the positive behavior
  • Watch them ALL THE TIME, puppies are inquisitive and are into everything!
  • PATIENCE, PATIENCE and more patience
  • Establish a routine early on that works for you and your puppy- please remember all puppies are different (more on that below!)
  • Avoid fearful experiences and situations, it is all about positive happy moments
  • Socialize your puppy in a safe manner
  • Introduce your puppy to new sights, sounds and smells- make those positive associations (always have your treats to hand to give a super reward)
  • Find a local Veterinarian- we have so many fantastic ones in the Valley, we really are spoilt for choice
  • Take your Puppy to Puppy class- your pup will get to meet other puppies and learn some good manners!
  • Puppy Socialization class/puppy training
  • Puppy proof your house- remove accessible food, cables, shoes, anything that could be chewed or injure your puppy should be removed. AGAIN- puppies are into EVERYTHING

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