"The Raleigh Dog Trainer"                                    -                                          Serving All Dog Lovers
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Puppy Training Tips
Picking Up the Puppy- what's next!!!
  Go straight home!! That's right, don't take the puppy to show off to all your friends, relatives, neighbors, and the local pet store,,,, it's important to go straight home. Me, I wouldn't allow visitors to the house for several days. The first few days are crucial to a puppy's emotional stability and can have a strong bearing on how it behaves with your family. Try to keep the confusion and distractions to a minimum. Avoid anything the pup is afraid of and remember no jumping off the sofa, bed, and even steps to avoid injury or broken bones. Pups are pretty clumsy at that age!
  
  All puppies are cute! That's the number one reason people bring home that new dog. Quickly, we realize the demands a new puppy has on the household, and that's just the beginning.
  House training is your first priority to making a great start with the dog being inside your home. Pups are very curious and love to explore new things and places. Chewing on your most expensive pair of shoes or furniture combined with peeing in the house can be very frustrating and expensive. Here are some puppy training tips to help everyone get off to a great start.
 
 
 Puppy House Training Tips                   
   1) It is very important to begin house training the very first day. Bad habits can develop quickly and if not corrected are much harder to break over time. Always be gentle and patient. Never hit or rub your dog's nose in a mistake and avoid yelling at the puppy. It's only when you catch them in the act you use a firm correction and take them outside to finish their business. If a minuet goes by it is too late to make the correction. Just clean it up! Your pup won't understand after the fact and will learn fear from that late correction.
  2) Always praise your dog during and after the outdoor bathroom break. Take them out first thing in the morning, after meals,and as often as possible when you are at home. Be sure to pay attention to your pups body language. They will often give you signs they need to go outside. Some dog owners hang a bell from the door knob and encourage the touch it with their nose when they need to go outside. Be sure to watch your puppy so you can prevent accidents “before” they happen so you can be one step ahead of the game.
 
 Communication Tips
 The average dog can learn up to 35 words. Their name, good dog, yes, come, walk, and other positive commands can be learned easily with the right approach. Expand the list by repeating the names of their favorite toys, the leash, a persons name, etc, and praise the dog when they respond to it. Learning when and how to communicate corrections is also key to the success in training the dog. Learn from a professional like "The Raleigh Dog Trainer" and see how to make that process much easier.
       
   2) People often say their dogs name over and over without telling them what they want them to do. Keep in mind the dogs name is not a command. Simply tell your dog the command in a positive way and utilize the 3 forms of communication.
Hand signals, eye contact, and the verbal command. Use the hand signals just above your shoulders to encourage eye contact. Dogs do feel your energy. They can sense frustration or fear just as easily as calm and confident body language.
 
                                                                          
 Crate Training Tips                            
 1) Start with crate training your puppy for times when you are not home. Especially if you work outside the house and the puppy will be alone for several hours a day. This is the safest way to contain your puppy and also help prevent unwanted chewing and damage to your belongings. It should be large enough for them to turn around but not too big where they can pee or poop at one end, and lay asleep at the other. Additionally, this can prevent your puppy from being hurt by chewing on electrical cords and control otherunwanted behavior.
 
  2) The crate should never be used as punishment for your puppy. Place a safe toy in the crate to prevent choking (no bones) this will also help keep them busy when they are not napping. Pups are like kids, and need down time to rest and restore their energy. Keep them on a routine and realize house training will be one of the best investmentsof your time.
 
                   Socialize your dog
   1) "The Raleigh Dog Trainer" cannot stress enough the importance of introducing your dog to different places and people. Although I do not recommend the dog parks, but do recommend you to handle your canine as much as possible.
   2) It's not a good idea to let your dog ride in your lap in the car. Make him sit in his own seat or on the floor. It is unsafe for you and your dog. Buy them their own seat belt or safety booster or use a kennel as an alternative.
 
                                
Fear Aggression Tips
 1) Don't baby the dog or over-protect them. They need to  explore and learn to be independent. I know you don't intentionally want to raise a flighty, nervous, paranoid pet, but when your dog acts afraid of something that they should not be afraid of avoid picking them up and ooh and aah over them. Simply tell them it's okay in a normal voice (don't baby talk) while presenting the object, person, etc. Your positive reinforcement will help make them a confident and balanced dog.
  2) If you feed their imaginary fears they will become a snappy and untrustworthy dog. They could develop fear aggression. An example of fear aggression could be a dog that sits in its owner's lap and growls at people or other animals. If you pet them, and tell them "It's okay cupcake," you are really telling them this is the type of behavior you expect, and they will continue to do it because there is a reward attached to it. The verbal sound correction should be given, and put your dog down off your lap. While some owners think it is sweet that their little lap dog is protecting them. When a child reaches to pet the dog or hug Grandma it could bite them if it is allowed to get away with this anti-social behavior. This is a dog that has taken on Alpha position and you are a subordinate. Do not wait to get professional help with this to avoid the potential dog bite and the consequences that follow. Questions, just click here to request information about training your dog. 

 What time is it....
 
Dogs can't really tell time, but “internal biological rhythms” suggest that dogs daily fluctuations of hormones, body temperature, and their neural activity, cue the expectations for meals, walks, fb posts, and even your arrival back home. 
Instead of remembering how much time passes between meals or what time meals are given, your dog reacts to the biological state they reach at a particular time of day. This may explain why the snooze alarm isn't a functioning part of a dogs clock, but these 2 gold watches are way more than just a great time!!

                                              Start to Finish
Remember to start house training  your puppy the very first day and finish up with obedience training at four months of age. A good canine education goes a long way toward a balanced and happy relationship with your best friend.
 
 
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