Refrain from carrying your puppy around. It has four legs, and can move around by its own power. Yes, you want to bond with him, but you can do that without making him a furbaby.
Potty training is simple. Go outside 20 minutes after feeding him. If he doesnt go in, bring him in, and put him in his crate, and go back out in 10 minutes. Repeat. Go outside after he wakes up from a nap. Go outside after a big play session. Anytime you put him in his crate and then take him back out, take him outside. NEVER yell at him if you see him making a mess on the floor. Try to interrupt him with a poke in the side, or an uh-uh!, then take him outside to finish his business immediately. When he goes outside, have a puppy party. Lots of praise and rubs. You can give treats immediately after potties as well, but it has to be done pretty much instantly.
Crate train your puppy. It will make your life easier. Put an old blanket over top, and when it is time for him to go in there, say "kennel!' or 'crate!' and put a few kibbles in there. If it is bedtime, let the blanket cover the front and sides (I leave the back open so air can get in, but it is a few inches away from the wall). Walk away. If the puppy whines, let him. DO NOT go and check on him. He will cry himself to sleep, just like a baby would. If he becomes quiet, then whines in an hour (example) he probably has to go do his business. Go take him outside, let him do his job, and put him immediately back to bed. No play time! He will whine again, but after a few nights, he will start to understand that he can go outside if he has to, but he needs to go back to sleep.
To teach sit....grab kibble out of your puppies dish. Let him sniff it. Then slowly move it back over his head until his bum touches the floor. Repeat 20 times. Then start adding the verbal command 'sit', while still using the lure.
To teach down...Show puppy another piece of kibble. From a sit, lure him forwards. If his bum moves, say uh-uh! And move it a bit closer to him, and slowly move it out. Repeat 20 times. Start adding verbal command of 'down'.
I personally use the word "yes" if the dog does its sit/down/stand, as it eventually becomes there treat To get them to realize this, I give them a treat as I say yes about 30 times. After that, they have to work for the treat. I also use "all done" as my release word, and make sure they take a step away from where they were, so they understand that they are done. Try not to repeat commands a million times. Say it once, then give an uh-uh!, then place them in the sit/down/stand. If you repeat it too many times, it becomes nagging.
(I use kibble a lot when I am at home teaching something, because I am not a big fan of treating, but use a good treat when we are in class. It comes in a soft square, that I cut into 6 tasty little pieces, as it keeps from filling up my puppies belly, and it is really all they need.)
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. --Epictetus
Last edited by VelvetsAB; 01-05-2013 at 03:31 AM.