I have come across this article and to me it seems quite unrealistic. I have raised a litter of puppies and by the time 8 weeks arrived they were all running to the door and weeing on newspaper. I was quite pleased with them and apart from a few mishaps it was pretty much all the time. The owners then that collected had a great foundation to work with. The pups were nearly housetrained. I think had the weather been better suited I would have managed to fully housetrain them. As for teaching some of the more basic commands that are mentioned, yes I did witha few of them, and had a lot of fun, but the real training would be better when the puppy is in a more 1 to 1 environment. I just can’t help but think that the expectations of the author are a bit far fetched?
I’ve raised a few puppies in my time and it has always puzzled me why anyone would want to purchase a puppy that hasn’t already been housetrained, especially since house soiling and other behavior problems, such as excessive barking and destructive chewing, are a major source of frustration for new owners. Most kennel-bred puppies are allowed to eliminate anywhere and everywhere, chew anything and everything, bark at will and run around uncontrolled, which of course, is exactly what they’ll do in their new homes. Consequently, far too many eight-week-old puppies already have behavior unsuitable to a home environment and new puppy owners are behind before they start. As the behavior problems blossom during adolescence, many dogs are surrendered to shelters. Unbelievably, predictable and preventable behavior and training problems are the #1 terminal illness for domestic dogs.
And so, why do people buy unhousetrained puppies? I think because most prospective owners are simply unaware that they have a choice: Either they may purchase puppies that are housetrained, chewtoy-trained and know some basic manners — at the very least, come here, sit, lie down, stand and roll over, or, they may buy puppies that eliminate anywhere, chew everything and are unruly and hyperactive.
Certainly some breeders do spend a lot of time training their puppies. But most don’t. Why not? I think because few breeders realize how easy it is to housetrain puppies and that it actually saves time. Similarly, chewtoy-training and teaching basic manners and tricks are as easy as they are enjoyable.
I just don’t know how I feel about extreme puppy training. The author raises lots of alarm bells in my mind. If too much pressure is put onto a person to teach some basic commands that would mean that you would have to start working with as many as 12 puppies from too early an age? Is it possible? Am I missing the point? How many of you that have raised a litter managed to incorporate full housetraining and basic commands before the age of 8 weeks. I am really interested as I know a lot of other people will be.