Puppy Training Tips:
Considering a Puppy?
First and foremost be honest about your lifestyle and how much time you
can devote to training, and exercise and grooming. Always, you want a
social and confident pup. These guys are the easiest to train and
generally the safest to be around. Shy and fearful dogs are not happy
animals and make challenging pets. Cute and often irresistible, they
need a wide berth unless it is your avocation to rehabilitate. Each breed
or mix has their own activity levels and innate drives. This needs to be
matched with your own. If you are an avid hiker, bicyclist, or run on a high
gyroscope, then you don’t want a Pomeranian. If you are over 90 years
old and live on the 32nd floor for the love of love do not get a foxhound.
These are of course nutty examples, but read between the lines and get
a dog that feels like you and more importantly read about the breed you
Professional Dog Training
Second, remember to walk, feed and train him. Unless you are one of the Walton’s frustration will ensue.
Thirdly, unless you are saving a shelter animal and already know the challenges take a good long look at the
parents of the pup. Are they calm and sane appearing? Skittish and snarly parents pass these traits on to their
offspring. Not very different in how a dominant, prey driven parent will impart these traits.
Fourth get a crate. Everyone needs a spot. A crate is a comfort to a dog, unless it has been used as
punishment. They will try like the dickens not to soil their nest so give them plenty of time out of it to do their
business. A crate gives them solitude, a place to chill, and a way to keep them out of trouble when you can’t
properly supervise. Make it a pleasant place to be.
Fifth, pups should be family raised and around people and siblings until a minimum of 8 weeks. Pups taken
from their mother and litter mates before 8 weeks can develop separation anxiety issues that can last a life
time. This is the age where so much in their temperament is imprinted; the love and comfort around humans
and proper dog to dog communication skills.
Sixth, enroll in puppy classes. A good foundation for dog obedience and socialization will set him on a good
path and prevent habitual problems as an adult.
Imprinting a Puppy
Bring the little guy out into the woods and disappear behind a tree. Hide and watch him then startle him with a
thrown stick to the side. When he realizes he's alone he may begin to get panicky. Let him worry a minute and
then come out from behind the tree and call his name. When he runs to you, make a big fuss over him. It makes
a strong and lasting impression that he needs to keep an eye out for you.
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