Congratulations! By training your new puppy you have made the first step towards building a happy and lasting bond with your dog. This material was developed when I taught a Puppy Basics class. It was geared towards puppies who had not attended puppy kindergarten or had any structured training. During the six weeks they were in class most of them moved from being youngsters to teenagers.
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Here are some guiding principles:
You are your dog’s advocate. You are the person he knows will keep him safe. If you think a training technique or piece of equipment is not safe for your dog, you can say No.
Be wary of on-leash greetings. Dogs on leash feel restrained and that can be scary or frustrating for some dogs. They are not able to show their normal canine body language
You cannot train a dog on a flexi-lead. All the dog is learning is to listen for the screeching cord sound.
Keep practice sessions short. If you pup responds to your cues correctly then take a play break. If things go wrong, it was not the dog’s fault.
Most important? Never ask a dog to watch your food.
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