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Puppy Preliminary Training

It is essential for every dog, no matter how big, or small, or whether you want to show, or work, or just play with, to have basic obedience training. If you want to go beyond the basics, that's great. But at least do the basics. One way to think of it is that without basic obedience, you and the dog don't speak the same language so how can you communicate? But with basic obedience, you can tell the dog what you want it to do and it will understand you and do it. Another way to think of it is getting your dog to be a Good Citizen: it doesn't jump on people, or run off, or indulge in other obnoxious behaviors -- because it knows what you expect of it.

Puppy-Proofing Your Home

You should consider that a puppy has an absolute right to chew whatever they can get at in your absence. You must put the puppy where either it cannot do any damage, or you do not care about the possible damage. Puppies can eat kitchen cabinets, destroy furniture, chew on carpet, and damage a wide variety of other things. Besides the destruction, the puppy may well injure itself, even seriously.

Potty Training Made Easy~

There are some simple steps that you as the owner and trainer need to take to teach your puppy the essentials of learning to go outside when they need to go to the bathroom. The first step is not to punish bad behavior. Your puppy is going to have accidents. Do not punish them. This treatment will only serve to confuse them. The second step is to reward good behavior. Supply your puppy with a treat and signals of good behavior when they do relieve themselves outside. Your dog will catch on quickly with this reward system.

Dog Years ~ Just How Much First 8 Weeks Shapes Your Puppy

A dog's lifespan is only a fraction of the average human's lifespan, which means that a dog ages more quickly in the same amount of time. To get an idea of just how important the first 6 months of your puppies life is this chart shows how a dog's age might be adjusted to compare to a human's age.

Top 7 Tips for Your New Dog or Puppy

This holiday season, many people adopted new canine family members. In order to prevent problems down the road, it's important that you establish leadership with your new dog or puppy right from the start.

Puppy Socialization ~ How Important?

CRITICAL PERIODS OF SOCIALIZATION FOR PUPPIES: With all of the studies to prove how important the first few weeks of life are, it is crucial that as breeders we socialize our puppies during the first 8 weeks of life. Ages 3 weeks to 12-14 weeks are THE most critical developmental stages of life for puppies - This is the SOCIALIZATION PERIOD. Dogs MUST BE EXPOSED to other dogs from ages 4 to 6 weeks. Dogs MUST BE EXPOSED to people from ages 6 to 12 weeks.

AKC’s S.T.A.R. Puppy Program

Meet AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy

Responsible breeders want the peace of mind of knowing their puppies are off to a good start.

The AKC’s newest program, AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, is designed to ensure that puppies and their owners have a great life together. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is the puppy level of Canine Good Citizen. S.T.A.R. is an acronym for “Socialization, Training, Activity, and a Responsible owner,” all the things every puppy needs.

Submissive and Excitement Urination

Submissive urination occurs when a dog feels threatened. It is also the ultimate show of respect and deference for higher rank. It occurs frequently with young puppies who have not yet learned and perfected other social skills and means of showing respect. It may occur when he’s being punished or verbally scolded, or when he’s approached by someone he perceives to be threatening to him. Submissive urination in adult dogs is usually a sign of insecurity. Often unsocialized and abused dogs will submissively urinate. Other dogs that engage in submissive urination may simply have not been shown that there are more acceptable ways to show respect, such as paw raising (shake hands) or hand licking (give a kiss).

How I Potty Train My Puppies

They are 5 weeks old today. We are removing the potty pad today so they have to make it outside to go potty. Not a real big deal during the day. It's the nights where they don't like to go outside. Still we are expecting a couple of accidents and hopefully no more than that. This will make it a breeze to have them trained to go outside by 8 weeks when they are due to go to their new homes.

Puppy Training ~ Intermediate

1. Stand and Down Have the dog the in the neutral position. With the leash in the left hand and the treat in the right (show the dog the food), command the dog to "Stand" and when he responds, give him the treat. Quickly command the dog "Down" by placing another treat about two inches behind his front paws. Praise. Repeat several times, making sure that the dog's elbows hit the ground first.

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