Start Puppy Training On Day One and Be Rewarded For Years

Make Puppy Training Fun

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Few events in life are more exciting than bringing home a puppy. Like all young animals, puppies are adorable, and the desire to pamper them is strong. But how you interact with your new family member — how you start puppy training — in his or her first weeks at home will lay the groundwork for the kind of relationship you will have for years after.

So clearly you’ll want to start off on the right foot because the potential for your puppy to add joy to your life and be a pleasure to own is equal to the potential for your puppy to destroy your home and your belongings and heap stress on your life.

It’s up to you.

With that in mind, here is a list of dos and don’ts that lay the foundation for making dog ownership a joy:

DO’s

• Do supervise your puppy at all times.
• Praise behaviors you like “good girl” (eye contact, sitting, lying, calm)
• Handle your dog’s paws, ears, look at its teeth.
• When it is time to play with the dog use toys do not let the dog use your hands for their toys or let the kids become her toys.
• If you ask your dog to do something “make it happen”, do not let them learn to ignore you.
• Get the dog used to a leash at a very young age.
• Walk the dog several times a day for 15-20 minutes.
• Give affection and attention to the dog when she is calm.
• Train the dog when they turn 12 weeks of age.
• Socialize your dog; expose them to the world, people, kids, sounds, objects, animals etc. Make the association positive by using treats.
• Do crate your dog when she cannot be supervised.
• Do crate your dog while you sleep. The crate can be located in the child’s bed room if desired.

Don’ts
• Do not leave food in the bowl all day, if the puppy does not eat pick up the bowl after 20 minutes.
• Do not let the dog have access to its toys. Toys are brought out when it is time to play and put away when done.
• Dog can have access to one chew toy like a Kong, or nylabone.
• Do not pull things from the dog’s mouth; trade the item for a toy.
• Do not chase the dog when she gets your stuff, sit in a chair with a treat and make the dog come to you. Trade the item for a treat and give the dog his chew toy.
• Do not yell at your dog.
• Do not punish your dog for going to the bathroom inside.
• Do not let your dog on the beds and couches.
• Do not step over your dog if they are blocking your way, make them move.
• Do not let the dog go outside the door before you.
• Do not give the dog affection and attention when she is excited.
• Do not let the dog nip your skin, say oouch and walk away.
• Do not let the dogs pull you on leash.
• Do not let the dog lag behind you on leash.
• Do not let the dog switch sides on leash.
• Do not hit your dog with your hand or any object.
• Do not pay attention to the puppy when she whines, barks, jumps, ignore these behaviors.

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