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Decide As A Family:

The Do's and Don'ts of Training a New Puppy
by Renee Jones-Lewis, CPDT-KA

Decide as a family, what your new puppy will be permitted to do and what methods you will use to teach him household manners. To prevent confusion and to be fair to the puppy, everyone must agree how to raise her. You don't want one person praising her and another person saying "No!" The more family members involved in training, the better. Everyone on the same page prevents anyone getting mixed messages.

Consistency is key! Select specific words or phrases to use when praising, correcting or training your puppy. The entire family needs to know where the puppy will be kept, how she will be house-trained, who will feed, exercise and clean up after her and when it will be done.

We need to realize a puppy should NOT have run of the house. During "free" time or play time, she can explore one or two rooms when you are with her.

While your puppy is exploring, monitor her behavior and let her know how she's doing. Praise your puppy for exploring new areas. By doing this, you are letting your puppy know she is behaving appropriately.

Usually the problem isn't with the puppy, it's with the puppy owners' expectations. Assume your puppy will initially do EVERYTHING wrong. Getting into trouble is a normal part of puppyhood! They don't know the rules until we teach them what we expect.

Training needs to begin as soon as the puppy comes home. We never hit or yell at the puppy. Think of her like a child. If we start making her first days as positive as possible, you and your puppy will have a wonderful lifelong relationship!

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