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Training A Puppy: The Basics

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You may think that all you need to carry out your puppy training with that cute little dog you just bought a home is a collar and leash.

However, you may not want to venture out into the big world with him just yet, even though you can begin by giving basic commands and having him walking alongside you. Your local vet will probably tell you that your puppy should have all his required vaccinations before you think about taking him outside, especially near to any park where other dogs tend to go.

And you will probably find that your growing dog will have a lot of energy, as he needs to be at least three months old before he has his rabies shot. Depending on when you begin the entire process, you will also need to wait another month after that before he gets his final booster.

But if you and your dog are getting cabin fever, there are still some necessary steps towards dog training that you can do inside the house:

Introduce the Leash and Collar

One of the most important things when it comes to training is to get your puppy used to wearing a leash and collar and to associate them with positive feelings. Put on the collar and leash when your pup is getting affection, playing, feeding or something else positive and then slip the leash and collar on him; this can be done when he is a few weeks old. Toys or treats can be offered if your dog seems uncomfortable or fights the collar.

Walking Inside the House

Your dog will become used to walking with you if you start to walk around your home; there's no need to walk outside if you aren't able to do that yet. Walk your pup to where you want him to go if you have a backyard and it's time for him to use the bathroom; this can be another ideal opportunity to practice some useful training without having to leave the house.

Help Him Learn to Follow

It's more difficult to train your dog to follow you while on the leash once he has grown up, so now is a good time to work on that while he is still a pup and to make sure that he doesn't end up leading you. Walk a few steps while pulling on the leash, and you will probably find that your dog will eventually get the message, after a lot of stop and starts. Rewarding your pup with a treat or some praise is appropriate at this stage of his walking training.

Practicing Obedience Training

Your dog training should continue with obedience training once your dog is between three and six months old and it's time to start taking him walking outside. However, you want to make sure your dog doesn't become confused with the training; make sure that everyone involved in the training, including yourself, is using the same basic commands, such as down, heel and sit.

The 'ask, tell and command' way of training is one of the best dog training methods. It works by asking your dog to come, sit or stay and then repeating the command in a firmer tone of voice if your dog doesn't comply the first time. You may have to physically pull your dog towards you, or make him sit if he still doesn't understand. However, you should make a point of immediately praising or rewarding your dog, regardless of whether you have to help him carry out the command or he does it by himself. He may obey the command more quickly next time if he associates the reward with the command or action. 

You will find that your dog obeys you sooner than you might think once you start a consistent and effective training program, and one of the keys to success is starting at an early age.

Obedience training is never easier with Good Dog Ranch & Spa. It's time to bring your dog to a professional trainer to learn. Come to give our ranch a visit:

Dog Training Coquitlam

Good Dog Ranch & Spa
331 Laurier Ave, Port Coquitlam BC V3E 3G1
(604) 726-5666
www.gooddog.ca/

 

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Is Doggy Daycare Right For Your Dog?

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Puppies can easily become aggressive towards other dogs or develop anxiety if they don't get enough socializing, and for that reason, daycare is usually ideal for them to ensure they get that all important socialization.

Keep in mind that unfortunately not all dog owners are responsible, and not all dogs are friendly and in the best of health, meaning that the local dog park isn't the best place to socialize.

However, you can safely assume that puppies have been given the care necessary for their age at a doggy daycare and that the dogs there have received all required vaccinations and are generally in good health. The experienced staff makes a point of ensuring that all the dogs are having fun and behaving appropriately, and all dogs there will have been tested for calm temperament.

Just like adolescent children, adolescent dogs need to be kept occupied, or they will find something to do, which is sometimes destructive or annoying. Make sure you kept an adolescent dog amused and occupied, with plenty to distract him. You will probably appreciate your dog daycare a lot more when your dog comes home tired and content, and not in the mood to play or run around.

Behavioural issues may be something you have to deal with if you have a working dog that is too inactive. Rather than a working dog that's unemployed, make sure they have something to do - it's what they need. These dogs can run around to their heart's content in a dog daycare.

However, some dogs aren't well suited to doggy daycare, and dog sitting one on one may be a better solution. We offer both at Good Dog Ranch and Spa so please get in contact with our professionals so we can find out what the best fit is for your dog.

Dog Day Care Coquitlam

Good Dog Ranch & Spa
331 Laurier Ave, Port Coquitlam, BC V3E 3G1
(604) 726-5666

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