Training Your Puppy

Sat July 7th, 2012 @ 9:08 am

One paw at a time, one heel at a time.
Just walk and have fun with your dog.
Don't make it into work and remember - you're not in the military with a puppy.

Enjoy, have fun, learn to laugh once again and realize the love at the end of your leash - unconditional love. Call him to you with joy. You will enjoy your training much better without being uptight, fearful or stressed. Don't send that down the leash. Everything you feel is in your energy bank, flowing out from your body. If the puppy is next to you he feels your joy, your pain, your sadness. Take care and remember you are one with your new puppy. His energy and yours are merged and he is learning from your body energy and the expression in your voice. Be patient, not harsh. Don't yell, at your dog. Be calm and assertive but not mean. And, remember that he is young - you don't want to hurt his neck or choke him. If you call him to you and give him a treat as a reward when he is young, he will remember that coming when you call is always a good thing. Never punish a dog after he has comes back to you. Why would he want to return to you if it's a negative experience?

When you play ball remember he is near sighted. Roll the ball in front of him in the beginning. Let him get use to what a ball is. When he bites it and carries it off, teach him to bring it back to you. Have fun with him you are on the road to a wonderful relationship.

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a single gram of dog feces can contain as many as 23 million fecal bacteria and can cause serious kidney disorders and intestinal illness in humans. And since dog feces doesn't absorb into the ground like cow and other types of manure does, the danger doesn't end, even when the feces gets picked up. The Center for Disease Control says that the eggs of certain parasites such as hook and roundworms found in dog feces can remain dormant in the soil for years. 

Don't let your puppy go to dog parks until you are sure they are fully vaccinated. Once they are six months old give them a good heartworm medication (such as heartguard) once a month. It will kill other parasites as well.  

Some dog owners at the parks don't pay close attention to their pets. Don't let any dog bully or hurt them as puppies don't forget. The result could be growing up to have aggression issues. Protect yourself and your puppy.