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Preparing Your Puppy for Class
If you have a young puppy he probably has the
concentration spell of a gnat. This is not the time for
formal training but there are lots of things you can do
to get him ready for that day when he goes to school.
The most important of which is to convince him that
you are his Leader and the Best Game in Town. Keep your
play sessions short. Sit on the kitchen floor and roll a
small ball across and see what he makes of it. Encourage
him to play with you. Experiment until he finds
something he likes and then only take that object out
when you are having a ‘play’ with him. That’s the way to
keep it special.
Next get all the family together
and agree on the Rules of the House. I only have five
1) No jumping up.
2) No teeth on
3) Do not steal food. (food that drops on
the floor is his).
4) Keep off the furniture
5) Upstairs is out of bounds
Those are my
simple rules and I am very consistent.
Leaders do not ‘try’ to do something they do it and no
going upstairs means exactly that.
You want your
puppy to see you as the most interesting person on the
planet. That’s the way to have control and a good
recall. Concentrate on your relationship. Don’t worry
about teaching him ‘tricks.’
If you can bring
your dog to class on the first session and have him sit
quietly by your side and hold his attention when he is
surrounded by other dogs you will have made the perfect
Remember 50% of your dog’s behaviour is
training. The other half is relationship. Get the
relationship right and everything else will fall into
Just a word on socialisation. This needs
to be done carefully in a controlled way with calm,
steady dogs. It’s something we do in class where all the
dogs are under control. Do not try to do it in the park
where you will not have control.