Many people don't know where to start when they are bringing a new puppy home, So I've put this list
together to set you up for
Success with your new puppy.  

The feedback I have had is very positive, very happy people.  
#1 - Never give attention to puppy when crying.  The idea is to get them to go through their separation anxiety as
soon as you bring your puppy home.  All puppies go through this, some have it worse than others, but you must try
to only give attention while the puppy is quiet.  Commonly they will howl and cry or bark when you put them in their
pen and you need to just let them.  No matter how crazy it makes you.  What you do is over and over - only give
attention while quiet, ignore while crying or making sounds.  Once the puppy settles, take the puppy out for play

#2 – If your ex-pen has a door - Never leave ex-pen door open.  The idea for this ex-pen is to be the time-out pen.  
You should have a crate inside the ex-pen, with the crate door left open for the first month or two, so it isn't forced
to have potty accidents in its crate. Your puppy will step out of the crate into the ex-pen area to go potty, when you
are not around for them to notify.  Once you see that your puppy doesn't have accidents in the middle of the night,
for 2 weeks straight, ok to start closing the crate door on the puppy overnight for more crate training.  Once you
see that your puppy’s accidents have stopped when you leave the house, you can crate for those time periods
also.  And, once you know your puppy is old enough, and can actually hold it for long periods of time, then this is
when you can get rid of your ex-pen set up all together and only have the puppy’s crate for containment.

#3 - Never give attention to your puppy in the ex-pen, pen is not for play, it's for containment only. Playtime should
be once puppy has settled, then take puppy out in house for play time.  You want to get your puppy used to being
in the pen with no attention.  If you constantly play with your puppy over the top of the ex-pen, or leave the door
open to it so they can wander around the house, it is not teaching your puppy to be ok by itself in the pen.

#4 - Only have your puppy out around the house if your eye is 100% on the puppy. The second you take your eye
off the puppy they go potty somewhere. Trust me.  To minimize accidents around the house, Timers can be set
when playing with the puppy, sometimes they have to go again every 15 minutes when playing.  So, set your timer
for 15 min intervals, take out for potty, then come back in and set timer again!  If you see 15 minutes they don’t
have to go, just monitor how often they are going when playing and set timer for that time or a few minutes under
that time to take them outside.  Also, when you take your puppy out for potty you should keep your puppy on a
leash. This way you are leading the puppy to the potty area and keeping them in the direction you want them to
be.  Once they go, back inside.  If they are off leash and you want them to go potty they will likely play with
everything in the yard, eat the leaves, grass, the twigs, rocks, etc., so it's also a good way to keep their nose off
the ground.  While if potty training mode, you won’t let the puppy play out in the yard, you will only be going out to
go potty.  If you take your puppy out to play to often you will not know if it has to go or just wants to go out to play.

#5 - Never ever leave collar on puppy while left alone in house inside the ex-pen. (Once they have grown out of
their puppy stage shouldn't be a problem).  Because they are very excited quite often while they are puppies you
don't want them to get their collar stuck on the cage or crate while left alone, or it could be the end of your puppy.

#6 - Toys - leave only strong toys in the pen with the puppy. Check toys daily to make sure no seams have been
broken, once a seam is broken, throw away the toy and purchase ones that are a little stronger than the ones your
puppy just chewed up.  Chewies are ok left with the puppy only if they are large chewies, or if you know the puppy
can't finish it while you are gone. (don't want them to choke on the small piece left).  Nylabone’s are good
sometimes for puppies to chew on.

#7 - Overnight - Some people get up every few hours to take their puppy outside (backyard) for potty.  These
people are trying to minimize the accidents in the pen overnight.  Some people want their sleep! So the basics for
puppy pen overnight is:  Take your puppy out for its last potty of the evening the latest you possibly can - right
before you put yourself to bed.  If the puppy has accidents overnight, it's just an accident, it won't be the end of the
training-world.  Good idea is to monitor what time your puppy is waking up in the mornings.  If you can figure out
what time they normally get up, then set your alarm for 10-15 mins before that time each morning and wake up the
puppy to take it outside for potty.  This could minimize the accidents they have right when they wake up in the
morning.  Normally, once you hear your puppy crying in the mornings, it's likely it's already too late, they have
probably already had that morning accident.

#8 - Other potty breaks - basically your puppy will have to pee each time it wakes up from a nap, and after each
meal.  Take your puppy out always for these instances.  You could have 10-15 potty breaks each day when you
have a young puppy.

#9 - Spray bottles / Leash dragging / Basic training commands - Spray bottles can be used quite often when you
have a puppy.  Make sure it is on stream, not spray.  You want it to be a bit of a shock to the puppy.  You can
spray your puppy if necessary if it is barking at a certain thing, or performing unwanted behavior.  Leash dragging
is quite often a must - when puppies get out of control you can catch them easily and if they jump off, as you say
"off" you step on the leash so they cannot jump on you.  Good training methods.  As soon as you take your puppy
home, you are ready to teach it the basic training commands.  You can teach them to “Sit” the first couple of
days!!  They are NOT too young for this.  They do have short attention spans so limit your training sessions to 10-
15 minutes or so.  After they learn “Sit”, other commands are going to be down (for lie down), wait, stay, roll over,
high-five, and any other fun tricks you want to teach them. Remember when training a great idea is to feed them
one of their regular meals a day as their training treats – this way they are learning for a meal and not getting too
many extra treats.

#10 - Finally.  Reward your puppy quite often for good behavior. Carrots are a healthy little snack just make sure
they aren't too big to get stuck in their throat.  They won't make your doggie fat either.  Most dogs do like carrots.  
Reward each time your puppy goes potty outside.  Reward each time it does something right, even if you didn't ask
it to. If your puppy just sat in front of you - "good sit". Keep positive with your puppy.  Once your puppy is aloud to
go out for walks (after 16 weeks of age, the final set of shots), you want to keep your dog on a 4-6 foot leash.  
Don't let the dog walk ahead of you, it should be at your side the whole way.  Apparently dogs relieve stress by
sniffing, so do let the dog sniff the grasses if it see’s another dog.  At each corner before you cross the street have
your dog sit before you cross.  Just remember the structured walks will do your doggie much good.

Good Luck!