Goal To prepare your puppy to be handled, restrained, and groomed throughout its life. Tools you will need Cotton balls or plain cleansing pads Nail trimmers and short, wooden match sticks Scissors Electric clippers Brushes and combs Strips of an old t-shirt or sheet (or real gauze) Yummy treats Overview One of the saddest things to see is a dog that is absolutely terrified of something as simple as a nail trim. I have seen dogs lose control of bodily functions, scream in terror, struggle violently, and bite and scratch in their frantic attempts to avoid having their nails trimmed.
Goals To teach your pup specific behaviors that will help him/her avoid developing annoying and/or dangerous behavior problems. Tools you will need Food bowl and food Yummy treats "Home alone Toys" (Buster Cubes, activity Balls, Kongs, etc.) Overview More dogs are put to sleep annually in animal shelters than die from diseases. Most of these dogs are under one year of age. The reasons are many, but certainly a major contributor to this sad state of affairs is people’s expectations of what dogs are all about, and people’s failure to successfully guide their pups into healthy adulthood. Many of these
Goal of Manners To teach your pup basic manners that will make him/her welcome members of the human community. Tools you will need Houseline Buckle collar, 6’ leash (leather, cloth, or nylon recommended; no chain leashes) Yummy treats Toys Overview Many of us grew up thinking that dogs could not be trained until they were at least six months old. This belief was based upon the traditional, command-based training techniques that utilized choke chains and corrections. With the more contemporary reward-based training techniques (lure/reward and clicker training), training can start much, much earlier and thus helps teach the pup
Goal To provide appropriate guidance and leadership to our dogs so that they learn the rules and customs of living in human society. Tools you will need Just you and your dog and some yummy treats and fun toys Overview There are many dog training books that still promote the myth that dogs do things because they want to "dominate" us. This "domination theory" has probably led to more abuse of dogs than any other reason. It has led people to believe that they must use physical force and aversive training techniques to train their dogs. This belief comes from
Goal of House training The goal of "house training" a puppy is to teach your new pup that she/he should eliminate only in a specific place, e.g., the backyard or papers on the patio. Tools you will need The most important tool you will need is patience and perseverance. In addition, the following supplies will be needed: Crate Exercise Pen For "paper training" you need newspapers or training pads, along with enzymatic cleaning solution House line Yummy treats Overview House training puppies can begin as early as five weeks of age and, depending upon the individual puppy and your ability