Selection, Housebreaking and Training Puppies
Best Time For Ideal Puppy Selection and Training
Modern computing technology has opened the door to many reasons why some puppies are better than others. Tabulated case histories reveal that a puppy at 7 – 9 weeks is far more ready for a man-dog relationship than any other period of life. His brain and his physiological development are full enough to permit a social adaptability and acceptance for forman training. From 9 – 16 weeks a puppy will gain or lose this capacity for full relationship with humans.
Computerized canine histories also suggest that a dog in the early formative stages of development possesses more instinct regarding acceptance or rejection by humans than is commonly thought to exist. And, like humans, some puppies are more anxious to please than others. A simple test of this quality can be performed by gently rolling a rubber ball on the ground. If, after you repeat this act a few times, the puppy gets the message and fetches the ball to you, then chances are that he’s a puppy with a desire to please.
Start housebreaking lessons by taking your dog outdoors frequently – the younger the puppy, the more often he needs to go out. Each time you take him through the door, say “Out?. . . out?”
The only time to punish is when you catch him in the act – he must associate the punishment with the naughty deed. A firm word or light touch with a folded newspaper is sufficient.
Training of your puppy should commence immediately after you select him. Needless to say, the more he is left to his own devices, the more difficult discipline will be. By the same token, the more that your pup is considered to be a member of the family, the more easily he’ll adjust to training. Let him ride in the car and give him a chance to see new sights and new people. Results will be both satisfying and immediate.
You can help your dog establish clean habits by feeding him on a regular schedule – with foods that digest easily without “stomach upsets.” FRM is highly digestible, and helps keep his system regular, making him easier to train.
For easy training you’ll need a slip-chain collar, a strong leash 4 to 6 feet long, and a 50-foot training leash.
Where to train. Choose the dog’s most familiar surroundings – the living room, garage, front yard – where no strange sights will distract his attention. Train for 10 minutes a day.
A brief vocabulary. Commands should be limited to as few words as possible, and should never be changed. “Come” registers better than “Come here this minute.” The tone of your voice conveys more meaning than words – indicates encouraging approval or sharp disapproval.
Use firmness, mixed with, but not softened by affection. Put a snap into your commands, and don’t lose your temper. For rewards, your cheerful praise and a warm-hearted nuzzling are quite enough to make his tail wag happily.
Master one lesson thoroughly before going on to the second. Correct at the time of a mistake – that’s the only time he’ll understand! Run through all his well-learned lessons once a week.
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