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In my opinion, the fastest way to potty train your new pup, is to crate train. Puppy’s will not potty where they sleep, so if you buy an appropriate sized crate, you can have your puppy potty trained in no time. They will learn to hold it, and not be allowed to have unseen accidents, the more unseen accidents, the harder it will be to potty train. You have to catch them in the act or they will have no idea why you are yelling at them (please never rub their nose in it). When you can not watch your puppy, she should be in her crate, like a playpen for a baby. If you associate the crate with positive things like favorite toys or treats, they will think of it as their den and should be very comfortable and happy to be in there.

When you first get your puppy you should take a walk around the neighborhood to allow the puppy to drain their bladder and allow them to get socialized with the outside world and the neighborhood. When they potty on your initial walk, before you take them into your house, use your command (mine is Go Potty) and then praise them when they are done (good boy good potty).

When you introduce them to your house, you should do it one room at a time. Do not let them roam by themselves; you must keep an eye on them at all times. Expect them to have accidents often at first, but plan on catching them every time. As soon as you see that he is about to pee, say “no” calmly but assertive and immediately pick him up and carry him outside (clean up when you come back in). Only place him down where you are expecting him to relieve himself and use your command, I use “Go potty”. Do not bring your puppy back in until he sniffs around and eventually pees/poops, then praise “Good boy, good potty!” Use an excited, high-pitched praise, so your puppy wants to pee outside more to get more praise. When you get back in, put the puppy inside his crate so that you can clean up the accident.

When you let the puppy back out, again, pay full attention to everything the puppy is doing and do not take your eyes off of him. As soon as they try to pee again inside repeat everything to a tee! A calm “no” pick them up and head immediately outside to where you want them to relieve themselves, put him down and use your command, then praise when they go, bring back in and put him in his crate until you can clean up and keep your focus 100% on the puppy again. This is very tedious for the first few days but it is so worth it. You will have to spend every free second watching them (unless he is in the crate) but you will train your puppy very fast!

When you have to cook, sleep, watch tv, or anything that you can not have full attention on your puppy, place them in their crate. After you feed the puppy you should also crate them for 30 minutes and then take them immediately outside to relieve themselves. This will help them to learn to hold it. Keep in mind a puppy can not hold it for a full 8 hours until they are 6 to 8 months old, so when they are young take them out every few hours for the most success.

 
Hello pet lovers! My name is Chrissy and this is my first time ever blogging (so bear with me). I am starting this hoping to get a following of dog lovers to share my knowledge and love for dogs with them, so we all can make happy and healthier lives for dogs everywhere.

The first thing I would like to talk about is rescue! It is disgusting to me how many abused and mistreated dogs are out there. I think that people get dogs not understanding the level of responsibility they require, so they leave them in the backyard, forget to feed them etc. I ask everyone that knows someone who is looking to get a dog, to tell them about rescue.

Here are a few things I tell people when I am trying to convince them to rescue:

1. I tell them about the cost savings, a pure breed dog will be any where from $500-$2000, and this doesn’t include vet costs (which can be up to another $500 for shots and spay/neuter, etc). Most rescues only cost $100-$300 and they usually already have their shots and are spayed or neutered.

2. Fostering, with rescue they often need fosters for their rescues before they are put into permanent homes, this is a great way to have a trial run with your new pup to make sure they are the correct fit for your family.

3. I will show them and help explain how many suffering dogs there are out there. A lot of times people are simply not aware of the situation.

Many people want pure breed dogs which is also just fine, just please don’t purchase them from pet stores! I will tell you why in my next blog, and please donate to your local rescue!
 
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Do you remember the song, “How much is that doggie in the window?” Well here is why you should not purchase that doggie in that window. The puppies that are sold in pet stores come from something called puppy mills. If people keep buying from puppy mills they will stay in business.

I don’t want to make this blog a sad one so I will explain briefly what a puppy mill is. It is a factory of dogs that are kept in very poor living conditions. They live in small cages usually full of their own feces. They are usually diseased and in poor health. When they can not birth multiple puppies any longer they are killed and thrown away.

So how can we be sure that we are getting the healthiest happiest puppy? Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Don’t purchase from a store that sells puppies! Also be very careful of newspaper and internet ads. To make sure they are not puppy mill, you should ask to meet the parent dogs, if they make an excuse why they can’t introduce you or want you to meet the puppy off site that’s a red flag!

You want to be sure you get references from the breeder (good breeders will not have an issue with this). Backyard breeders do not breed for temperament or heath, so you need to do the investigating yourself. When you meet the parent dogs you want to make sure they have good temperaments, are not aggressive by nature, and in good heath. Pure breeds are prone to all sorts of health conditions and you want to be sure that they will not be hereditary so ask appropriate questions and do your research on your breed of choice.

Good luck and enjoy the new member of your family!

 
One of the easiest ways to train your pup, is to catch them in the act of behaviors. This works for good and bad behaviors. This is why it is so important to keep a constant eye on your new pup for the first few weeks of bringing them into a home. Eventually you can trust them and let them have free run of the house but until then, help give them boundaries by letting them know what is okay and what is not right away.

Now, there are many different behaviors you are going to want to catch right away, most of which will be the bad behaviors, this way they can learn right away what is okay and what is not okay.  When you see the bad behavior, calmly but firmly say hey, ehh, shh, or no, once only. It is the sound that is more important than the actual word, a quick burst of noise said calm and matter of fact. Then show them the correct behavior and praise them when they do it. Here are a few examples; if you catch your dog going to the bathroom in your house, use the noise of your choice, pick them up before they can finish, immediately walk outside put them down where you want them to relieve themselves and when they go highly praise them. If you catch them chewing something they are not supposed to, make the chosen sound, take away what they are not supposed to chew on and replace it with a chew toy than praise them when they start chewing on the toy. If there is no good behavior to replace with simply say the word and praise them when they stop doing the bad behavior. It is very important when training to stay calm and not to yell. Yelling nine times out of ten will make your problem worse.

What I think is very important to remember, and often forgotten,  is to also catch the good behaviors and praise them when you catch them doing good. Praise can be in the form of affection, a favorite treat, or toy. If you are trying to get them to lay in their bed, if they go to their bed and lay down with out you telling them to, walk over and praise them. If they are simply being calm and well-mannered praise them. This also works for commands, since dogs do not understand English, there is no point in saying “sit” because they will not know what you are looking for. Simply hold their favorite treat or toy in your hand and do not let them have it until they sit (hold it at a level where if they sit, it will still be in front of their face) when they sit say good dog and immediately give them the treat, after they get it and sit when you are holding it say “sit” as they are in the action if sitting then say good girl and give the treat, this will put the word to the action. When you pup gets this move on to the next command the same way, hold the treat on the floor and when your pup lays down, give them the treat immediately and praise, eventually adding the “down” command as he is in the process of laying to associate the word with the action.

Remember to be patient, all dogs learn at a different rate. With some pups, you may be holding a treat for two minutes before they sit, and some pups you may be holding the treat for twenty minutes before they sit. The more patient you are with your dog the faster he will learn!

 
Right now I am working with a client who has rescued a very fearful dog. It appears to me that this dog was kept in a cage or backyard early in its life, never experiencing the outside world. Due to this she is afraid of almost everything outside. This is why it is so important to socialize your dog at a young age.

One of the most important things to know when handling fearful dogs is to not baby them when they are scared. This means no petting, cute voices or even eye contact. The dog needs to work through their fears on their own to realize that nothing bad is going to happen and giving them affection during their fearful state will tell them that it is okay to be in that state of mind.

You need to expose your dog to what they are fearful to as often as possible and help them to realize that there is nothing to be afraid of without using words. Here is an example; if you walk past something that your dog is afraid of, let’s say a garbage truck or construction site, when you see your dog getting scared turn around and walk past it again, don’t say anything to your dog simply stay calm and keep walking back and forth past the fearful noise or item until your dog is able to walk past with their tail normal (not between the legs) and not reacting, then praise and keep on going!

If they are afraid of skateboards, take them to an outdoor skate park, walk them in and around thehn take them out. Walk them in again and around, then take them out. Keep taking them in and out, or near and away until they are not fearful when approaching and walking in, then praise as much as you’d like.

Just remember that fearful dogs take a very long time to rehabilitate. You must put your dog into the situations that they are fearful of as often as possible. If you can take some time out of your day everyday it will help a lot. If you stop once they are no longer fearful, expect them to generate the fears all over again. Please always be calm and patient when working with fearful dogs.

 
It is very important for you to socialize your pup at a very young age. When a puppy is with their litter mates they learn very important lessons when it comes to play and boundaries. When they are taken from their litter mates they then need to be socialized to the outside world early and often. If they are not socialized they can become uncomfortable and fearful around things that they have not had a lot of experiences with. This could be anything from loud noises, trash cans, trucks, cars, people and other dogs.

Their reactions can be highly reactive and fearful and it is much more work to train them out of these reactions then it is to socialize them from the beginning. The more they have good experiences around other people, dogs and objects they will realize that they are not a threat and they will learn to not be reactive around them.

If you are looking for a dog that you can take to a café and will sit nicely under the table while you have lunch, play well with other dogs, be friendly with all people and kids you need to give them as many GOOD experiences with that as often as possible.

Remember always set your dog up for success. If you are noticing your dog is getting uncomfortable with something do not force it upon them. You can gradually approach the object closer and closer and if you realize a reaction from your dog simply turn around and walk away. Wait for the dog to calm down and then begin to approach again. This will require patience at first but your dog is able to approach calmly at their own pace which will put them at ease and they will quickly realize that there is no need to be reactive.

Good luck and remember always treat your pets with kindness!

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