#1 Have an appropriate - sized crate. Dogs are den animals, and having a snug space of their own gives them comfort and security. Make sure it's just the right size too this way a bad habit of eliminating inside will not begin. You can also make this a very positive thing by feeding your puppy inside the crate and by tossing treats in to go inside.
#2. Potty Time. Puppies need to relieve themselves at least 8 times a day. When waking up, after a meal or lots of water, after playtime and before night time are key points to pay attention to. Always give praise to your puppy when eliminating outside and remember to clean up to keep things safe and sanitary.
#3. Chew Time. If you don't set time aside for your growing puppy to use those jaw muscles and teeth that are developing it may very well make it's own choice about it and end up destroying some things in the house of importance or value. Make sure you set time aside everyday to keep chew time safe and controlled.....you will be glad you did for years to come!
#4. Leash, collar and Tags. Introduce your puppy to a leash and collar by dropping treats of dog food down as you put the collar and leash on. Next lead your pup on with a sweet whisper as you give a treat to follow. Keep good tags on your pup too,....vet info and yours will keep it safe.
#5. Health. Keep your puppy up-to-date with a good vet to ensure it's health as it matures. Keep a scheduled reminder for check ups and ask about a healthy plan for proper dog food. Puppy food to adult food to senior dog food your dog is a loving member of your family that deserves somebody looking out for it always!
#6. Training. Get involved in training for your pet so that it will learn how to fit into your home and community with good manners and good spirits.
GOOD DOGS / GOOD OWNERS
SELF TRAIN YOURSELF WITH THIS BOOK
THE PUPPY LISTENER by JAN FENNELL
Never call a dog to you to punish it, it is degrading to be forced to submit to a superior. A dog will lack and spirit and lose trust in you.
When a dog has made a mistake or has demonstrated poor behavior we must ask ourselves where we may have went wrong to have prevented that from happening. Correcting these things takes thinking ahead with training that succeeds positive response. Be patient and be fair but firm.