Saturday, June 25, 2011


CRATE TRAINING - let you puppy sleep in a closed crate - this is the best way to do potty training

Teach your dog basic commands (sit, stay, come, LEAVE IT - that means NO). Show them how it is done, and use lots and lots and lots of repetition and positive reinforcement (give snacks to a dog when they do something right)

Socialization rule - regularly let your dog interact with other dogs

Do not allow your dog on chairs, couches, bed, etc (to establish their rank)

5 minute rule: when you come home ignore dog for 5 minutes (establishes that you are the alpha dog)

Take dog on 2 walks per day, give playtime, plenty of exercise (our dog loves to play tug-of-war with a rope)

SCOLDING RULE - only scold a dog if you catch them in the act of doing something bad, but never later (because they forgot it already and won't understand why you are mad)

Never hit your dog! If a dog misbehaves (a) scream at them LOUDLY (they don't like that) and (b) grab their fur with both hands on either side of the neck and shake them while screaming

Time out rule - if a dog is caught being bad put them in their crate or lock them out and DO NOT ENGAGE THEM for at least 10 minutes - then go back and be nice again

Let your dog sleep near where you sleep - inside NOT outside - but not on your bed

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