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|Puppy Do's and Don'ts|
Doís and Doníts While Waiting for Puppy Class
I often get questions from puppy owners about what to do until they get to puppy class. Our puppy class covers all the puppy behaviors from housebreaking to biting and then some, but I can give you a few doís and doníts to get you started. These tips may or may not be the actual training techniques that will be taught in class. They also may or may not be exactly what your individual dog needs. But the Doís will do no harm and the Doníts should be avoided at all costs. Hopefully, some of these tips will keep you going until I can meet you and your puppy in class.
In addition, you may wish to consider our Phone Consultation Service while you are waiting or you may wish to schedule a private lesson at our regular rates.
Handle your puppy gently ALL over every day. If he doesnít want to be handled, bribe him with treats.
RELAX. Know that with few exceptions (see the donít list), I can undo most mistakes that you make.
Enjoy your puppy! Play with him, hug him, have fun! Thatís the best part about puppies!
Make pleasant eye contact with your puppy. Smile and reward him with hugs or treats whenever he looks into your eyes.
Reward sits with hugs and treats.
Hold treats and toys at the puppyís level to discourage jumping.
If you puppy bites, stick a toy in his mouth.
Alpha roll (flip the puppy on his back, stare into his eyes).
While this is a popular method for correcting biting, and while many
vets ARE still recommending it, it works on only a small percentage of the
dogs and CAN do irreparable damage to the dogís trust in you as the
owner. This IS one of the
things that is VERY difficult to fix if it goes wrong.
DONíT DO IT.
chase your puppy, even if he has something in his mouth he shouldnít have.
Review my Chewing Article for tips on chewing problems.
grab your puppy by the muzzle or make threatening eye contact.
hit your puppy. Sometimes it
works, but it can also make things much worse.
Let me evaluate your puppy first and show you other ways to stop bad