Sunday, November 16, 2008

Early Training for Puppies

The mother as well as his brothers and sisters have already had a great deal to do with developing your puppys personality long before you acquire him. If mom was a dog that barked to get attention, then her pups will probably do the same thing. Between three and twelve weeks are the most critical in developing a dogs personality.

Eight weeks of age is the best time to get your puppy. Giving him the most diverse experiences in the following month will assure a fruitful and satisfying training program for both of you. Make sure that your pup meets a wide variety of people during this month take him with you whenever possible, unless the vet tells you otherwise, to friends houses and just for rides.

Let him play with other dogs iyou know they are healthy, and allow him to meet children and other adults whenever possible. Provide your pup with lots of toys, this provides a lot of mental and physical stimulation, which puppies need. Figure out which are his favorite toys and plan to use them when his training starts. While playing with your puppy, pay attention, if he begins to sit, issue the sit command, when he follows the command, praise and reward him.

Playing is healthy for your puppy, but you should always be in control of these games. Immediately award him when he does something he has been commanded to do. Rewards should include stroking and petting, rather than just food, as you do not want him to grow up thinking he should only obey when offered food.

Dogs retain the activities they are raised with, if they are carried everywhere as puppies, they will believe that when they need comfort as an adult, they should be carried. Puppies require lots of mental stimulation between 3 and 12 weeks, this allows them to grow into adept adults at learning and problem solving.

One person in the family should be the mother as puppies learn by watching their mother. Try to keep the amount of fear they feel to a minimum, fear learned as a puppy can develop into phobias later in life. Raising a healthy well adjusted puppy will make his and your life better.

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