Tips - Puppy:
Start working with your puppy as soon as possible - 2 monthsBefore full
immunization avoid areas that are potential for the pup to pick up a virus.
trips, mall trips, noises, people, other dogs (after full immunization),
go to the bathroom in one spot. Be careful and patient during this period,
dogs tend to show signs of fear and avoidance - this is normal in the
development of the puppy.
encourage aggressive playing, rough play, or biting.
objects and let the puppy find them make it very easy at first then increase
the difficulty for them to find the articles.
hide and seek with family members again make it easy at first to be found
then increase the difficulty factor.
your puppy is learning new tasks make sure you keep them simple and repetitive,
keep the schedule consistent , when the pup gets older (5 to 6 months) then
start varying the routines.
Your Companion Dog Training is a Two Step Process:
the dog is introduced to new tasks, or, disciplines, using a Key word and
a response to the Key word, with lots of praise to reinforce the desired
response - this phase will require lots of Praise, Patience & Persistence.
Next is the Application
stage where you train the new task beyond contention - Distractions. These
distractions start off minor and increase until the dog will not be drawn
away from the task at hand.
Fifteen (15) to Twenty (20) Minutes Every Day - Puppies: two 10 minute sessions.
Slip chain training collar, six-foot lead. Add twenty-five foot lead and
light line for advanced exercises.
not feed the dog at least three hours before any training session.
person only to train the dog.
call your dog to you to scold it - GO AND GET IT if it is necessary to correct
sure the praise is loud enough for the dog to hear (You want him to know
when you are pleased with its' actions).
each training period with a release word, such as, "okay". This
releases the dog from the formal regiment of the training session.
your dog to all kinds of distractions, strange places (shopping malls, school
yards etc.) and noises (lawn mowers, vacuum cleaners, blenders etc.)
and/or correct until nothing will cause it to lose its' attention from your
not repeat a command. Praise the dog for everything done correctly, this
will keep your dog happy and it will become a happy worker.
practice: sit stay, down stay and recall from a sit, separately. Break these
exercises with heeling in between.
Basic Words Used For Various Disciplines:
Heel; Sit; Down; Stand; Stay; Come; No; Enough; Easy; Wait; Back; Off. REMEMBER
To listen to your dog, be alert to the dogs needs and be flexible to adapt
your approach to training your dog.
By taking an active focused leadership role in the training process you
will develop an enjoyable relationship with your companion dog.
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