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Teach Your Puppy Deference From Day One

It must learn to defer to you before you let it do anything-eat, go inside or outside, have a leash put on, sit on the sofa or bed, play with toys, even get your love and attention. All dogs should be raised this way, and no dog is too old to learn this behavior. It will not lessen your dog's spunk or individuality.

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.

Puppy Training~ Intermediate

1. Down out of motion From the neutral position command your dog to "Heel". Take a few steps, switch the leash to the left hand, place the right foot in front of the dog, command the dog down moving the right hand down, and place the treat between the two front paws. To correct, tug the leash toward you, say "No", then praise and pet

Puppy Training ~ Lesson 3

Always remember to smile while you are training your dog. Your dog senses your feelings.

Sit, Stay From the neutral position walk your dog, then command him to "Sit". When he sits, give him the "Stay" command as you continue walking forward to the end of the leash. Be sure to glance backward should you need to correct your dog. Correct by tugging on the leash and giving the "Sit and Stay" commands. Have the dog hold this position for 30 seconds to a minute.

Puppy Training ~Polish Those Commands

This lesson is to add polish to the commands your dog has learned.

Puppy Training~ “Come” Command

Our first goal is to teach your new puppy to respond to their name and to build their attention on you. You want them to instantly turn their head and focus completely on you. This is the most important lesson in puppy training and can even save their lives. Anything can be taught and all problems solved if your puppy is paying attention to you.

Puppy Biting Training

There are some natural ways to help produce that bite inhibition and some simple training ways..

1. Let mother wean them. She will let them know when they are too rough. I see the quickest results this way. 2. Be sure they play together as a litter. 3. Yes, saying OUWW!!!! in a high pitched voice sometimes works, but dogs with high prey drive will hear you as prey and may actually become more aroused and bite or go after you harder. (this is especially true of the herding breeds and some Labradors).

Puppy Attacking Ankles ~ Training

He also will attack your feet on the stairs (I understand…puppy) and I just stop and urge him down in front of me but when you get to the bottom, he will take a chomp of your calf and clamp on and growl. He’s not after your leg he’s after your pants. I’ve lost many a pair of nice pants to it before training was done. Prey drive is the same thing that makes a puppy grab something to play tug with you. A pants leg is basically the same thing as waving a towel or rag to play tug in front of their nose. Just immediately stop and say “Ah Ah” a little loudly and he will stop instantly. If he starts at you again just repeat. They say it takes a human 7 times to repeat something before they learn it and 14 for a dog. It’s very normal for a puppy to attack your pant legs while your walking, but it can hurt him if you let him. It could even pull puppy teethe or dislocate his jaw. Puppies want to play constantly and will try to play with everything. read more

Puppy Biting ~ Email Question

I have to pick your brain about Blue Lacys since you know so much! We love Blue and are having a great time with him but we seem to have a situation that we need to remedy. I will preface it all with I know he’s a puppy and these are puppy traits. We are going to training this week with the kids so they can learn too and we hope this will curb it somewhat. He jumps and when you turn your back and cross your arms (like I read about) he tends to take the hint and move along except with our youngest. He will do it and Blue will continue to jump or bite him in the bum until he falls down then he chews on him. He has bit him a few times on the back of his neck, arms and legs. I have been closely watching him to make sure he isn’t taunting the dog or egging him on and he is not. Sometimes he will be sitting outside playing in the sandbox and Blue will run up to him, jump on his head and start biting. I will say Alex will dance around some and try to get the dog to play with him when we’re playing catch in the back but it’s not very frequent because he learned that Blue will bite him. He views the kids in the family as litter mates. You need to react to biting differently than unwanted behaviors which turning back is very good for. Litter mates bite each other constantly and very roughly, the fact that he does it more so to the smallest child is because he’s of course closest to his size. Litter mates learn bite inhibition by squealing. Practice real loud high pitched squeals when he bites, doing so immediately. If this doesn’t work fall back on the old never fail water bottle. Get small spray bottles and set them all over the house. The idea is to hide it so he doesn’t see it. When he bites spray him in the face and quickly hide it again so he doesn’t know where it came from. read more

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