Young puppies don't need to be punished. I mean, they don't know they're doing anything wrong when they pee in the house. Puppies need to be taught how to behave through discipline and rewarding good behavior. I don't believe in punishing puppies during house training. It's much easier and far more pleasant to simply reward proper behavior. They learn quickly what to do to get a treat. You need to watch for the signs that they need to go to the bathroom. When you see a sign, rush them outside, and reward and priase them when they do their business. If you miss a sign and he goes in the house, you have to let it go. Their attention span is so short they probably won't associate any punishment with peeing or pooing in the house. It has a real negative effect on puppies when they're punished and don't know why. It makes them neurotic and afraid of silly things they shouldn't be afraid of.Patch said:My Staffy is 8 weeks old and we've had him for only a week.
He is a nipper too.. when he does this, we usually hold his mouth and tap him with a firm "no".
I am worried that this is just instinctive behaviour and it will never stop...
Last night he urinated on the rug, so we took him outside and locked him out for 5 minutes.
I think he learned his lesson because he didn't cry one bit.
When we let him back inside, he was good as gold and very well behaved.
I was always worried about punishing a pup because it seems so cruel....
but it is necessary isn't it?