Starting Right With Your Puppy -- 


So you have just purchased your new puppy, what an exciting adventure!!! You are probably enjoying your cuddly, cute little buddy and you should be! As you are enjoying your puppy you may have some questions about helping your puppy develop into a healthy, happy dog.  What is the best way to potty train your puppy? What should I do when my puppy poops/pees in the house? What should I do with my puppy when I have to go to work? These are pretty common questions for new puppy owners and Scotch Pines offers some great advice and techniques to help your puppy develop into a healthy  happy puppy.

We are now offering one on one puppy classes held at our facility  for puppies 8 weeks to 5 months. Cost is $50. email with class info will be sent once received.  Cash, check, Venmo

We have started our busy season with group classes, there is limited availability for puppy classes at this time. 

( Cancellation policy: Please allow 24 hours notice if you must cancel as that allows us to offer the spot to someone else. If you do not cancel within 24 hours or do not show up for your class, if you'd like to reschedule, there will be a $25 no show fee added to the class fee.)


We will cover the following in this one time class:

Jumping up














Housebreaking schedule 



*Rise early, carry pup outside immediately and praise when he goes potty.

*Tie puppy to your waist with a 10' string and go about your morning duties for

30-60 minutes

(if he piddles while tied, shorten the string).

*Tie string to doorknob and leave pup with his food and water for 10 minutes.

* Take pup outside to potty, untie the string from your waist and let puppy

drag it.

*Tie puppy to your waist for 30-60 minute playtime.

*Take puppy outside to potty, letting string drag.

*Crate puppy for mid-morning nap (2-3 hours).

*Take puppy outside, letting string drag.


* Tie pup to the doorknob for noon feeding.

*Take puppy outside to potty, letting string drag.

*Tie puppy to your waist for 30-60 minute play time.

*Take puppy outside to potty, letting string drag.

*Crate pup for afternoon nap (2-3 hours).

*Take puppy outside to potty, letting string dralay with pup outside, let him explore.

*Take pup to town for socialization and new sights.

*Let pup potty then crate him until dinnertime.

*Take puppy outside to potty, letting string drag.


*Tie pup to doorknob for evening feeding.

*Take puppy outside to potty, letting string drag.

*Tie puppy to your waist for 30-60 minute play time.

* Before retiring late, take pup outside to potty letting string drag.

*Crate puppy overnight.(Pups younger than 8 weeks may need to go out in the middle of the night).

With this schedule there should be no room for accidents, but if one should occur--it's YOUR fault.

Do not discipline the pup. Clean it up with an enzyme cleaner, sold as pet stain remover.


Hang bells low from the doorknob and every time you take the pup out swat the bells

with his paw saying "Want to go out?" Soon he'll be swatting the bells when he needs to go.

As his bladder and bowel control matures, (12 weeks) gradually let him have longer play times

with the string dragging, not tied to you. When he nears the door or touches the bells,

drop everything and run to let him out! Gradually cut the string back until it's gone.

A dog's urine contains an enzyme that normal carpet cleaners do not destroy. Every time your

dog smells his urine spot it acts as a trigger in his brain telling him that is his potty spot.

When your pup is fully housebroken, hire a professional carpet cleaner to treat your

carpets with an enzyme eater to remove those tempting spots for your pup and begin with a clean slate!

Beginning the most important command:  



 The command "come" is interesting because when we get a puppy at 7-8 weeks they almost always come when we call them, this gives us a false sense of obedience when in actuality the puppy is simply coming to a happy voice! As they get older, 11-13 weeks they realize there is a big world to explore and that they have free will. Once they quit coming when called and sometimes even trying to get us to play along with their "catch me" game we see it as disobedience when really they never were taught or knew the command come in the first place!


 To begin teaching a command the first rule is this: one puppy, one command. Whichever command that is: sit, heel, down,stay, come, etc.  When we repeat commands we are effectively teaching the dog they can disobey us the first 3-4 times we say something or that they can until our voice reaches a certain decibel.. which makes us "Walmart parents"! 

 Get a 12 foot twine/rope (1/8th inch approx) and attach it the puppy's collar or harness, have them drag that around in the house and outside. Multiple times per day get close enough to the end of the rope that you can step on it and grab it, then call the dog to come: "Sadie Come" and immediately reel the pup in to you praising the whole way. Even if the pup is pulling away just gently pull them in. Lots of praise when they get to you then let them go. Do this over and over, repetition is key in training! What you are teaching the pup is first of all what the word come means and secondly that you have control of them even from a distance.  Never call the pup to come unless you can immediately enforce it (i.e have the rope close enough to grab).


 The dragging rope is also used to teach the dog not to bolt out of doors. Open the door, give the command "wait" (not stay, stay is much more formal) and when the pup goes to bolt, step on the rope and pull the pup back inside and praise.


You can also use this rope if your pup has started the "ha-ha-you-can't-catch-me-game". Simply step on the rope, pull the pup to you, take whatever object they have been been playing keep away with and Praise Praise Praise!! 0