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Ten Training Tips for Your Puppy or New Dog
  1. Do not assume your other pets will be as excited as you are about the new family member. Separate them with a child gate, or put one of them in a crate while the other is loose so they have time to get used to one another. 
  2. Feed your new pet on a schedule. Three times a day if he is under 5 months. Twice a day will be sufficient if he is older. Put the food down, give him approximately 10 minutes to eat, and then remove the food. He does not need you to leave food out for him all the time.
  3. Assume your new pet is not housebroken regardless of his age. Take him out often and do your best to avoid any housebreaking accidents. For more information about housebreaking, read the article titled Housebreaking.
  4. Put your dog on a 15-20 ft. rope every time you take him out for a walk. Use every trip outside as an opportunity to practice “Come.” When sights or smells distract him, tell him to “Come,” and get his attention with a tug on the rope. Reward him with praise and a treat when he gets to you.
  5. Establish a place so small that your pet will choose not to soil there. This will provide you with a safe place to leave him when you are not home. This will protect your home and establish a room where he can go to avoid the anxiety he may be feeling in his new home. For more information, read the article titled, Crate Training.
  6. If your pet is hesitant to come to you in the house, let him drag a 4-6-foot rope. If you call your dog and he does not come, calmly pick up the rope and make him come to you.
  7. Make sure your dog knows how to sleep through the night in a crate before you allow him to be loose at night. This will aid in your housebreaking and teach him not to disturb your sleep.
  8. The best-behaved dog is a tired, well exercised dog. For some dogs, a walk may suffice; others need more activity. Teach your dog to retrieve a ball or toy if he needs more activity than a walk provides. Encourage him to chase a toy or ball while dragging a 4-6 ft. rope. A gentle tug on the rope will teach him how to come after he picks it up.
  9. Whenever you greet your new pet, gently push him into a sitting position before petting him. He will learn that being calm gets him the attention he desires.
  10. Socialization takes place every time you take your new dog or puppy somewhere or introduce him to a new experience. Never miss an opportunity to expose your puppy to different sights, sounds and surfaces. Take him to new places whenever possible. Expose him to all kinds of people and new experiences.

Connie Cleveland 2017©



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