Puppy Training: Do's And Dont's

Tue June 12th, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

1. The new member of the family will probably be 8 to 12 weeks of age. Make sure you get a Vet check when you first get your puppy.

2. Do not let your puppy run around the Vet’s office waiting room. Leave him/her in the carrier or a person arms until you are called. Bring a nice clean towel to place on the stainless steel examining table. Most Vets’ offices are kept very clean, but your puppy’s immune system does not fully develop until he/she is much older. So place the towel down to make sure a sick dog that has just left doesn’t infect your puppy with the same germs.

3. Imprint a name of two syllables, for example Radar, Gretchen, Ajax or Ronny. It will help with his/her recall response because he/she will be able to hear it better.

4. Leash Training – for a small puppy use a soft, adjustable collar. Hook a leash to it and let he or she drag it around. Then pick it up and call him or her by their name. Some times I will say puppy-puppy if I haven’t yet decided on a name, as they are used to that. Once you have decided on a name, you can start calling him or her to you, and every time they come, give them a reward. There is a time period involved in imprinting a command. Recall is so important, reward it with lots of praise. A dog will react to the tone of your voice. It’s imperative to speak the command in a calm and assertive tone. Always say Good Boy or Good Girl, with true love in you voice.

5. For House Breaking we use the crate method. Dogs and puppies do not like to go potty where they sleep. When very young the bladder is small and they can’t hold it if they drink too much water – and they will cry to get out of the crate. Put the crate near the door and where you will be able to hear the whining. (I recommend not giving the puppy any water one hour before bedtime. No food for 3 hours before bedtime.) Do not “free feed” your puppy – when it says two cups or one cup only give it that amount and not too many treats just before bed time.

6. Once your puppy is wormed and has all its vaccinations it’s time to introduce him or her to the world.

7. No Dog Parks. Only let your puppy socialize with dogs its own age so one beats her or him up. This can cause a dog to become aggressive if it is hurt when the dog is young.

8. Remember, you should not become the puppy’s litter mate. You must be the Alpha in the pack leadership hierarchy. This means you have to stay calm and gentle, yet say the commands in a short, clear way voice. Do not keep repeating the command until the dog learns to count and only responds the 3rd or even 5th time you say it.

9. Play with your dog before starting each training session. The training period should be no longer then 15 minutes when first starting, then you can lengthen it as your dog matures. The attention span is short at this young age. Remember, all we are doing is imprinting some basic early commands.

10. Sit, Down, Stay and Come are always the first imprinted commands. An early foundation with lots of praise, rewards and treats can make all the difference at this tender age.

11. No hide and seek games at this age, this will make it harder for your dog to come later when called. He will want to play instead. 11. Play ball with your puppy but remember, they are near-sighted. Start out by rolling the ball out slowly in front him. When he picks it up “Bring”, is a good command. Give your young puppy a treat reward in exchange for the ball.

12. Tennis Balls can be dangerous if left for the puppy to chew on. There is a poison in the yellow-green dye of the skin of the Tennis ball, and your dog or puppy should not tear at it or swallow pieces of it. No raw hide, no pig’s ears, and no smoked bones. These will give your puppy diarrhea. 13. Jumping – when calling your puppy to you makes it sit and then pet it and tell it is a wonderful dog. Always correct the jumping behavior immediately by doing this. Jumping up is only cute in a small dog – not one that will be over 60 lbs.

14. Do not let the puppy sleep on your bed (bad habit). Only the Alpha male and female sleep at the highest point on the bed. 115. On warm or hot days NEVER leave your puppy in a closed car or truck, especially in the sun. They will die if the temperatluret gets over 80 degrees inside the vehicle and without ventilation. Always park in the shade (with windows open 4-5 inches) if you have to leave your dog- even for a few minutes.

16. Do not feed your dog in the middle of a hot day and then give it lots of water to drink. He/she can have its stomach torsion twice (also called bloat) and you only have so much time to get to the Vet to save it.

17. These are little creature of habit. When the weather gets cold make sure they have shelter out of the rain and wind and are in a good kennel (with a top on it) to keep the hot sun or cold rain and snow off.

18. Never knee your dog in the chest, kick him, slap him in the face, or use a leash to beat the dog. Only use the recommended, leash-correction method.

19. The most important thing is to start with a beginning obedience class and continue all the way to off-leash work during the first 14 months of your new family member’s life. Socialize your dog with children and with older folks to make sure they don’t jump on those that are smaller and not as strong.

20. Chasing – Whether it’s cats, squirrels, birds, bikes, skateboards, joggers, children or cars; this can become dangerous behavior and should be corrected early. 21. You are sharing your life with a little Soul having a Canine Experience. The Human’s Best Friend. Dog is God spelled backwards. And, their love is always unconditional.

ENJOY YOUR PET ! There is so much more, but this will get you started. Call us at 831-427-3811 – anytime for additional information. We have classes open to all breeds, levels and ages. Just go to our website calendar at vonfalconer.com