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Tips and advice, before and during Puppy/Dog Training..!!



Puberty..!!


Puppies usually reach puberty from 6 months old. their hormone levels can affect their behavior.
This behavior will not automatically improve by neutering, and this puberty stage soon passes so be patient.
This stage in there life, can also make training more challenging
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Your dog may become more boisterous, dominant, and less responsive to commands, this is the typical teen that is trying to push, to see how long, or how far he can go.


Adolescent..!!


Routine..!!

Routine is very important in a puppy's/dogs life.
During the first few , pup's benefit from a good routine.
Get into the habit of..
  • Feeding your puppy at regular intervals
  • Take puppy out as soon as it wakes, following feed times, or every hour or two
  • Play times
  • Quiet times (crate or bed)
  • Don't over fuss
Make yourself present, so puppy learns to settle quietly, without you interacting with it.
Puppy has to learn to occupy its self with chews or toys, otherwise it will become demanding and expect you to interact with it all the time.


Crate Training..!!
Training crates for dogs are too often deemed cruel. In fact, they are both training and safety devices and as such can benefit dog and owner alike. Teaching crating through part of a routine, teaches puppies bladder and bowel control and limits a teething demon to property. A dog crated in a car has a better chance of surviving an auto accident and little chance of causing one.
A crate can provide peace of mind for both you and your dog. Think of it as a leash with walls. After all, both pieces of equipment serve to protect your dog from his own base instincts and errors. By crating your dog during the day, you ensure him a royal welcome on your arrival home.


Remember, Puppies rely on their owners for experience..!!

  • Puppies respond to our tone of voice and body language.
  • You need to self teach to become a “pack leader” on the one hand and your dogs “bestest friend” on the other.Watch your puppy and learn to react to his wrong doing before it happens.
  • Always be consistent. You cannot move the goalposts too often.
Be very patient. They don’t arrive ready trained. Five minutes training every day is better than an hours one day and none for five days.

OVER EXCITEMENT..!!

The inexperienced owner can without meaning to, create this problem in the very early days. So many times am i am asked to offer advice for the owner whose dog goes nuts when guests come to the home or, the dog goes whappy when the owner returns to the home.

Because of the love we have for this new addition to our family we go overboard when we come down on a morning after a nights separation from the puppy. We go to work and feel guilty about the time the dog is left alone and therefore try to compensate by over-praising. Of course we must greet our dog when we have left it. He will be so pleased to see us return but we should stroke and show our pleasure in a calm manner. This may be the time to introduce the “sit”

Look at some things dogs ‘do’ and why..!!

  • Chewing – Dogs have no concept of value, if it’s chewable, he’s going chew it.
  • Stealing – A dog is a scavenger, if it’s edible, he’s going to eat it,
  • Aggression – A dog resolves conflict through aggression as he cannot put in a formal complaint or sue you!

To train a dog successfully you need to motivate it so why not use the dog necessary requirement to survive – FOOD

Reward and praise are used to reinforce the relationship/bond between you and your dog.

Play Biting..!!

Most puppies play bite and this is how we teach them not to bite. When a puppy plays with its litter if it bites another too hard, the other pup will yelp and stop playing. Also if he bites his mum too hard she will tell him off. So the puppy learns that playing is fun, but there are boundaries and if he steps over them the game stops. When your puppy comes home you must do the same thing, if he bites hard the game stops, this will teach the puppy to be gentle and eventually stop biting. We must teach it that human skin is very sensitive and he must not bite it.

Chewing..!!

Make sure your puppy has plenty of toys to chew; this will avoid him chewing your valuables. Also keep valuables out of reach while he is still young. Dogs love leather so make sure things like your shoes and mobile phones in cases are kept out of reach!

If you have used a cage for your puppy, when you leave you can put him in the cage to stop him damaging your valuables or himself.


How Dogs Learn...!!

Dogs learn by association and repetition.

When your puppy comes home he will do dog stuff, he is not misbehaving in his eyes he is just doing what dogs do.

  • Playing,
  • Barking,
  • Biting,
  • Chewing etc 
If you reward a dog, he thinks he has been rewarded for the very last thing he did, and if he is punished he will think he is being punished for the last thing he did. 
It is usually the punishment people get wrong, for example, if your puppy has a wee on the kitchen floor around 5am, and you go into the kitchen around 8am. He will hear you and run to the door to meet you. If you tell him off, the next day when he does the same thing he won’t run to the door as it got him in trouble, he will stay away and even cower.
You may think he knows he’s done wrong by messing on the floor but that is not the case. He has not associated this situation at all with his little accident on the floor that he did hours ago.

If your dog chews and you catch him and chastise him, he may do it when you’re out. You may think he’s doing it on purpose because you have left him. No, chewing things is fun, but he gets punished when your there, but he doesn’t when your out, so why not wait until you are out, then chew everything?
Wrong timing of correction can be the first steps to ruining your relationship with your dog! Dogs do not want to rule our lives and they do not sit up all night planning to take over mankind!! They will behave in a particular way, because they have not been trained to do otherwise..!!
Socialization..!!

It is very important that you start to socialize your puppy as soon as you get him home and he has had all his inoculations. This starts around 4 weeks old. If the puppy is not socialized and stimulated this can cause behavioral problems later on in life.

This is where we come in. We teach the puppy basic commands in an environment where there are other animals. Also puppies have a very short attention span and we allow for this with time out sessions where the puppies can learn to play acceptably with the others. This stops them getting bored and keeps training fun where we work at the dogs own pace.

You must also avoid bad or frightening situations at this time.

 Puppy Home Training. The Basics..!!

The Lead..!!
Start to put the led on the puppy in the first few days at home to get him used to it, divert his attention from chewing on the lead.

The Recall. “Come Back when asked”..!!

From day one you must encourage your puppy to come to you around the house using the dogs name and the command ‘come’.

At first only call your puppy when you know he will respond. This means he will be getting it right all the time and understand the command much quicker.

Sit, Down, Stand..!!
The main purpose for these exercises is to be able to put the dog in a position for an examination.
All these positions are tough using food to lure the dog into the correct position. Then giving the command on the dog is in position, this will teach him to associate the word with the position.
If you physically force the dog into a position he will naturally resist, and it will then become a unpleasant experience for him.


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