Everyone who has ever owned a puppy knows that they take a lot of work. When you get a puppy, you are starting from the bottom most part of the ladder. Puppies are the ideal starting point for training, because just like people, they are much more complicated creatures than humans and get things half right sometimes. There are four important parts to training your puppy. Housebreaking TrainingThis is teaching your puppy to go to the bathroom outside. The first thing your puppy needs to learn is not to mess in the house. This is going to take some time, but it is very important. If you do not take the time to teach your puppy this quickly, you may have a problem in your future. You may have adopted an older dog that knows nothing more than pooping on the rug. Even if that's the case, housebreaking is so important it's worth taking a few steps to teach the young dog a thing or two now so that it will all be easier for you in the future. The Crate MethodThere used to be a popular method of potty training puppies, but I'm not going to go there now, because it's a little too far along in the crate training process to consider it now. Basically, this is an effective method of getting your puppy to go to the bathroom outside. This method has a few steps that will make it easier for you, and your puppy, to get the job done. The first step is to get a crate. There are several kinds of crates available for this purpose. You want something that is big enough for your puppy to stand up and turn. You don't want to get a crate that is to large, because your puppy will likely pee in it. The idea is to train your puppy to hold it until the time that he or she is taken outside to go to the bathroom. The next step in the process is to teach your puppy to walk inside the crate. To begin this, get a leash and attach it to the crate. Then let the puppy go into the crate on her own. It's important not to close the door yet, because if you close the door before the puppy has gotten used to going inside the crate, you might accidentally close the puppy's door on her. You should encourage the puppy to go into the crate on her own. This can be difficult at first, but it's important to stick with it. Every time the puppy gets close to going into the crate, reward her with a treat and say something like "good girl." If the puppy seems to be reluctant to go into the crate, try leaving the crate and then coming back in a few minutes and try to tempt him or her with a treat. If this doesn't work, you can just repeat the process until you get to the point where the puppy walks in on her own. Once the puppy is used to walking in on her own, you can close the door on her for a short time, but it should only be a few minutes. You can always come back later and let the puppy out, but you should only do so if she is showing signs of improvement. What Are Some Signs That Your Puppy Needs to Be Trained? Sometimes it's helpful to look at how the puppy is acting before going to work. This can give you some feedback on whether or not you're making a good influence on the puppy. * bites her own tail or her parent's tail * bites on her hilt * a constant need to drag the leash around * excessive barking and whining * gnawing at her own tail or the hose that is connected to the collar * incessant coughing * going potty all over the place * not wanting to be alone * not understanding house rules Training puppies is a process that takes a lot of patience. If you don't have that patience, you might be better off getting another person to take on this training role. It's important for anyone who is considering training puppies to realize that they should keep their temper short and their styles consistent. While having occasional patience for disobedient puppies might be a good idea, you won't be able to raise them the way you want them to be for long. If you don't mind being ignored, and you like people, you might like training. But remember that you'll need to treat them properly so they'll come to love it too.