Dog training tip #1
Choosing a puppy

Avoid choosing a puppy that has been taken away from their siblings and mother before the 7 weeks of age. This puppy has missed out on Crucial Canine Imprinting. This is the time when the mother disciplines the puppies for unruly behaviour and sets the social boundaries. The ideal age to separate a puppy from it's mother is between 7-9 weeks of age.

Dog training tip #2

Many times the dog does not understand what you mean or does something it thinks it should do because of the lack of communication skills of the owner. A professional trainer knows how to communicate with your dog right from the beginning. Most dogs really like to please their owner.

Dog training tip #3
Commonsense questions

When choosing a puppy observe the behaviour of the parents when possible and don't hesitate to pose any questions to the breeder if you have any concerns.

  • Are the parents calm and easy to live with ?
  • Were they easy to train ? -Do they look good for their ages ?
  • Avoid a puppy that shows fear or anxious behaviour.
  • Look for physical soundness in the parentage.
  • Insist on commonsense answers to commonsense questions.
  • Remember a new puppy is your companion for years to come.

Dog training tip #4
Suit your lifestyle

Choose a breed or hybrid that most suits your lifestyle and environment. Don't make the mistake to base your choice just on looks. It is unfair to the dog and it might lead to an stressfully relationship between you and your dog. Take some time to research the breeds and what they were bred for. It is important that the temperament and energy of the breed suits your lifestyle. If you are unsure talk to people who own a dog of your preferred breed or seek professional advice.

Dog training tip #5
Stopping puppies from biting

When dogs are at the puppy stage, it is the best time to install appropriate, respectful and compliant behaviour. This will set your puppy up for minimum effort of training to achieve maximum results when they become an adult dog. Puppies like to test boundaries. If you let your puppy use yourself as a chew toy, you are setting your puppy up for failure. You are creating an out of control dominant dog that does not fit into society.

When your puppy wants to bite you, even a slight mouthing, give the puppy an instant verbal negative and a quick grab on the back of their neck. Be dramatic, dogs are masters of drama, use eye contact, say a negative like NO or AHHH. Put your hand infront of the puppy and let the puppy decide if its going to make the same dishonest decision again. If the puppy doesn't bite or licks, which is harmless honest non-dominant behaviour, reward the puppy with verbal praise like GOOD DOG and PATS.

If the puppy doesn't choose honesty and begins biting again, do the same verbal negative as before but be harder and sharper with the correction and put your hand out again and watch what decision the pup makes. Continue this until the pup makes the right decision. Remember the session does not end until the pup makes the right decision and gets praised for it. Be firmer with every step. Remember to have lots of play toys for puppies and never them use your hand, clothing,shoes etc.


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