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    We are in the process of getting a small breed puppy. Does anybody have a recommendation for a training book? This will be our first puppy. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MommaDorian
    We are in the process of getting a small breed puppy. Does anybody have a recommendation for a training book? This will be our first puppy. Thanks!
    Cesar Millan (the dog whisperer) has a new puppy training thing, but I'd also suggest signing up for a class for the hands-on training and socialization aspects.

    How exciting!!

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    I live in the UK so can't recommend any books. How exciting that this is your first puppy. What breed are you thinking about getting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MommaDorian
    We are in the process of getting a small breed puppy. Does anybody have a recommendation for a training book? This will be our first puppy. Thanks!
    There is a lot of information online... often by veterinarians or veterinarian assistants. Also, the hands-on training with pet stores will give you the basics. If you want to spend more money there are private trainers who will come to your house...look online for your local area, try the newspaper, ask at a pet shop.

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    If its your first puppy I'd highly recommend going to a trainer. It may cost more than getting a book but your getting help from someone that has experience and if you have questions you're able to ask.

    One thing for sure, don't use puppy pads. Once you get a puppy they are old enough where you should be training them to go outside, take them out every few hours. If you put puppy pads in your house it makes it harder for the puppy to understand that it should be going outside rather than just using the bathroom in the house.

    A lot of people recommend puppy pads, but my parents bread dogs when I was growing up and its a big no no once you take a puppy home.

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    I had really good luck with the puppy pads, but I never just let them go on them, once they started for the pad, I took them outside. Good luck with your new pup

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    We just bought a 9 week old pug puppy. I don't know about a book but I use tons of positive reinforcement. It's tiring. Yetserday there were just a few accidents but we're on a roll now including a trip outside at 3:00 a.m.. We're gradually starting to get him on more of a feeding schedule--that helps you know when they might need to use the facilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladyjanedoe
    We just bought a 9 week old pug puppy. I don't know about a book but I use tons of positive reinforcement. It's tiring. Yetserday there were just a few accidents but we're on a roll now including a trip outside at 3:00 a.m.. We're gradually starting to get him on more of a feeding schedule--that helps you know when they might need to use the facilities.
    Aww, adorable!!! Thanks for sharing a picture.

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    Aww, that puppy is so cute! My son has a puppy and he uses positive reinforcement all the time. Hey, it works for people, too!! :D:D
    I used to read a book called No Bad Dogs The Woodhouse Way.
    This lady is now deceased but she was quite famous and I bet you can still find it somewhere. Good luck!
    Show us puppy pics!!!!!!!!

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    he is soooooo cute!

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