Stage 1: Verbal
No matter how careful you are, your
Maltese Puppy (and you) will make mistakes. Try to catch him while
he's still merely thinking about doing something wrong. From the start,
discourage his potential trespasses as though you were a mother Maltese
Puppy . Issue a low growl, or "No," with the warning message, "Don't you
dare. Don't even think about it!" He'll probably reconsider. Be sure to give him
verbal praise when he responds correctly.
The next best way to correct him is to catch him in the act. If puppies make a
housebreaking mistake during the first week in the new home, don't scold. Just
take the offender outside and praise him when he does his business in the right
place. For older puppies, a good sharp scolding is in order when they make a
mistake, whatever that mistake was. Surprise him so he's taken aback and links
the reprimand to his action.
Scolding after the act is virtually useless, but we sometimes slip up and do it
anyway, because it makes us feel better. The Maltese Puppy ,
however, rarely makes the connection between the punishment now and the great
Stage 2: Environmental
Correction / The Set-Up
Environmental corrections can bring
miraculous results. To the Maltese Puppy , it feels like someone's
watching him all the time, so he'd better behave. It�s a great way to train him
and instill Maltese Puppy discipline, as long as he doesn�t
become skittish because of the technique, so proceed within reason.
Environmental set-ups work particularly well against mischief. Many
Maltese Puppy s are smart enough to figure out that they can get away with
things when you're not home. But, luckily, Maltese Puppy s are
predictable�they do what feels good and stop doing what doesn't feel good. So
you can set up a situation where the environment makes the Maltese Puppy
Here are some examples of successful set-ups suggested by professional trainers
for certain misbehaving pooches:
One Maltese Puppy got his kicks rummaging through the bathroom
garbage and strewing the shredded contents everywhere, especially when his owner
wasn't home. The owner cured him of this nasty habit by sprinkling a little hot
pepper in the first few layers of miscellaneous tissues and papers in that
garbage can and then left for work as usual. It took the Maltese Puppy
exactly one experience with the peppered garbage to cure him for good.
A Maltese Puppy that liked to steal things off the kitchen
table never did it again after his owner put a piece of linoleum on the table.
About half of it hung over the edge. Then he put tin cans filled with pebbles
and several other miscellaneous noisy but harmless items on the linoleum so that
when the Maltese Puppy jumped up, the whole pile came tumbling
down on him. That surprised Maltese Puppy did not risk another
Set-ups are powerful medicine and can be very frightening, especially to
submissive Maltese Puppy s. We highly recommend that if you are
having a problem with your Maltese Puppy , you ask a professional
trainer to evaluate your Maltese Puppy 's personality and suggest
the right type of set-up to use. Be sure that no real harm comes to the
Maltese Puppy .
Stage 3: Time Out
Just like for kids, time-outs work for
Maltese Puppy s, too. When your Maltese Puppy makes a
big mistake, scold him and put him in his crate for 20 minutes. Ignore him while
he is inside. After time is up, let him out and forgive him completely. Cheer
him up with a little petting or play time.
Some trainers don't like to use crates this way. However, many owners find this
technique invaluable as an aid in solving a Maltese Puppy 's
discipline problems. Try saving the time-out for serious mistakes, like biting
Stage 4: Physical
We highly recommend that, except for collar
corrections, you use physical corrections only with the guidance of a
professional trainer. Physical corrections must be done properly to work, and
even then, they aren't effective on all Maltese Puppy s. Some
Maltese Puppy s only return violence with more violence. And for some
Maltese Puppy s, physical correction is terribly frightening and can
damage their confidence.
Don't ever hit your Maltese Puppy , not even with a rolled up
newspaper. It does absolutely no good whatsoever to push his face into a pile of
poop. The only thing that can accomplish is to make him a poop eater.