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Training 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.

Socialize Your Pup:
Car 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.

Don't encourage aggressive playing, rough play, or biting.

Hide objects and let the puppy find them make it very easy at first then increase the difficulty for them to find the articles.

Play hide and seek with family members again make it easy at first to be found then increase the difficulty factor.

While 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:
Teaching, where 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.
Training Time:
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.

Do not feed the dog at least three hours before any training session.

One person only to train the dog.

Never call your dog to you to scold it - GO AND GET IT if it is necessary to correct it.

Be sure the praise is loud enough for the dog to hear (You want him to know when you are pleased with its' actions).

Finish each training period with a release word, such as, "okay". This releases the dog from the formal regiment of the training session.

Expose your dog to all kinds of distractions, strange places (shopping malls, school yards etc.) and noises (lawn mowers, vacuum cleaners, blenders etc.)

Encourage and/or correct until nothing will cause it to lose its' attention from your directions.

Do not repeat a command. Praise the dog for everything done correctly, this will keep your dog happy and it will become a happy worker.

Always practice: sit stay, down stay and recall from a sit, separately. Break these exercises with heeling in between.

Some 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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