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Maltese Origin:

The Maltese have been known since very early times.  The exact origins of the
breed is debated. The island  of Malta, off the southern coast of Italy, was
colonized by the Phoenicians about 1000 BC. These small, white dogs could
have been brought to the area by the Pheoenicians  and/or spread elsewhere by
them, since they sailed and traded around the known world.  The Maltese  dogs
were entirely bred as companions and "comforters," being especially favored
by the ladies who often carried them in their sleeves or held them in their laps
when in their carriages "taking air." But they won the hearts of more than the
women: the Roman governor of Malta in the first century AD so adored his
Maltese that he requested a portrait painted and poems written about her.
The Maltese remains a much-loved pet and glamorous show dog.  They are
refined and loyal.  Devoted to their owners, the are freindly with everyone. Their
snowy white, soft coat is without undercoat so they don't create yearly
shedding problems, although they definitely require frequent combing to keep
out tangles.  Their tails are natural length and curve gracefully up over the
back.  The Maltese is playful and sturdy, despite its petiteness.
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                     Housebreaking your Puppy

(Believe it or not, it is not that difficult to house train a puppy)

The key to good house habits is consistency by the owner.  The puppy should, if he must be left alone, be in
the yard (with shelter and water) or in an area where he is not expected to refrain from relieving himself.  
When the puppy is in the main part of the house, the owner should be present.  When the puppy wakes from a
nap, he should go outside and be praised when he relieves himself.  Watch the puppy for sniffing and circling
in the house, this probably means he is looking for a place to go. Take him outside and again praise.  If you
catch him too late, "in the act" do not spank him but scold him slightly and take him outside or to a place that
he is allowed to potty.  Soon the puppy will go to the door and "ask" to be let out.  Praise the puppy for this
action.  A crate is a handy tool for housebreaking.  Most dogs do not like to relieve them selves where they
sleep and this teaches some control.  Do remember that a puppy does not have a great deal of control and use
the crate only for short periods of time.  When he comes out of the crate, he should be immediately let outside
and after he relieves himself, allowed to play in the house.
Some helpful hints for housebreaking:
*  Keep your puppy up on a "consistent" housebreaking schedule. Feed at same time everday.
*  Designate  one area outside as a "potty" area.
*  Take your puppy out every 2 hours to the "potty" area, whether it has eaten or not.
*  The times that a puppy will most likely want to eliminate are after eating or drinking, napping and exercise.
*  Puppies do not want to eliminate where they rest.
*  Puppies can be conditioned (trained) to react to a conditioned stimulus in a certain way.
*  A behavior is likely to be repeated if it is positively reinforced.  Praise for good behavior.
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