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Remember getting a puppy will alter your life for years!
BEFORE YOU GET YOUR DOG. RESEARCH! RESEARCH! RESEARCH! What do you want your dog to do? Which breed does what? Has the dog been bred for, Guarding? Working? Companionship? How big will your dog get? Do you want a Lap dog, sporty dog, agility or Crufts champion or, (God forbid), a fashion accessory? How much exercise can you give, how much does it need? Does it need constant grooming and care? Can you afford that? Will it be good with your kids, family, other dogs?
FREE INFORMATION! I have a free rough guide I can E mail anyone with some things to consider before you even go and look at a puppy, and above all, BE SENSIBLE! BE STRONG!Be prepared to walk away no matter how cute they are!!!! I also have a few hints on positive training for those with puppies, older dogs and rescue dogs too. It’s just a few hints and tips I have gathered together that worked for me, and are working for my clients, just ask and I can send it to you. Don’t forget the internet, but be careful, you may have to read many conflicting reports before you get the correct information for you, and I never, ever, visit blog pages! a lot of it is either contradictory, just downright rubbish, or in some cases even dangerous.
TRAINING! The first thing to teach your new dog is its name and the word NO! Once they know what that means the rest is a lot easier :-) Almost everyone teaches the basics, sit, down, stay etc. great fun, useful! SO WHY STOP? Keep it up for the life of your dog, keep it fun, and interact with your dog! EXERCISE, EXERCISE, EXERCISE....... a tired, happy and contented dog will not be a naughty dog!!!!! RECALLING YOUR DOG! After pulling on the lead, this is probably the most common problem people contact me with. You must be able to call your dog, HAVE IT WANT TO COME TO YOU, AND STAY THERE! Your dog cannot see, or understand danger as well as you, and you could one day save its life! Get the recall sorted. Happily it is relatively simple to master, and I would highly recommend a whistle for distance recall, in high winds, traffic noise etc. Most if not everyone does it incorrectly, I will happily show you how to perfect your recall.
FOOD! Don't leave food down all day, I feed twice a day and if it's not gone in half an hour then it gets taken away, food is your most powerful tool don’t lose it. If your dog is a pet and not a working dog keep the protein low, and remember NO HUMAN PROCESSED FOOD AND NO FEEDING FROM YOUR PLATE! Dogs enjoy and need a varied diet to maintain health. They are omnivores, and can have fruit (but not grapes, seeds or nuts) and vegetables. I have a free fact sheet on basic nutrition to get you started.
HEALTH! Handle, groom, and inspect your dog’s coat, feet, eyes and ears, and do your dog (and yourself) a favour for the future CLEAN ITS TEETH from a pup. I recommend lifetime pet insurance and not an annual or money from a pot, or if you are good with your money why not set up a separate bank account for you dog and pay the money in to that by direct debit? (and when your loved one does depart, they will leave you a gift for your next pet).
ROTINE! Dogs are never happier than when they know what's coming next! Remember your dog cannot speak English so they will look for 'Triggers', behaviour from you that tells them what is about to happen (for example, picking up the lead means going for a walk) try and establish triggers to avoid confusing or stressing your dog.
THE GOLEN RULE? NEVER! EVER! encourage or reward bad behaviour.
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