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5 Top Puppy Tips from Brad Pattison

Posted by Brad Pattison on

Have a new Puppy and Want to Start off on the Right Paw? 

  1. Only have three toys, one rubber ball, one tug toy and one soothing chew toy. Make sure the ball is large enough that the puppy does not swallow it. Tug toy could be an old T-shirt, old towel or a piece of rope.


  1. If you catch your puppy chewing on shoes, furniture, etc. remove the item and say, “No, bad dog!” and give the dog the proper, appropriate toy to chew and name the toy so they learn to distinguish what they are supposed to chew.


  1. Crate train your puppy during the day when you are home, for short periods of time. Start with five to ten minutes and build up the duration of time. This way, the crate isn’t a foreign place during the night at nighttime. To make crate training easier at nighttime, and fun, keep your puppy active between dinner and bedtime. Don’t let them snooze off during this time period. Do not use the crate for time out for bad behaviour. It is best not to use fleece fabric as puppies can get very warm easily and could wake up during the night.


  1. Keep the puppy off all furniture. Puppy’s often break their legs or damage their spine jumping off and falling off beds, couches and chairs. You can play and snuggle with the puppy on the ground. This will teach the puppy that furniture is off-limits. This is a common complaint from owners of adult dogs and often needs correcting later in life so to teach this from an early age prevents problems later.


  1. Do not use food training your puppy ever. Treat training creates many issues as the dog gets older, such as begging for food, stealing food from the table or counter, excessive drooling, counter surfing, snatching food from a small child. Many dog bites happen because a dog is taking food from somebody. Dogs that have been trained with treats are more inclined to steal food from a hot BBQ, hot stove or a campfire when cooking hotdogs or marshmallows and this can mean an emergency veterinarian visit for burns. Instead of a treat, praise your dog with affection, touches, pats or massage. Do not praise them with food. Animals are physical and enjoyed being praised on the side of the body or the chest.

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