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New Puppy Guide - Rules


What your puppy learns now will affect his behaviour for the rest of his life! Think about how you want your adult dog to behave and lay the foundations for good manners before it's too late and start as you mean to go on! rules for humans!

1 Don't encourage biting

Any game where the puppy is allowed to bite humans is an open invitation to bite humans! How would you feel if your dog wrestled a visiting toddler to the floor in two years time? No matter what the size, shape,temperament or breed of your puppy, don't ever let him or her think that play-fighting with humans is fun.

2 Resist feeding your puppy from the table

Dogs slobber. They put their mouths and noses where we choose not to! They eat unimaginable things! Not all people can overlook these delightful canine habits at the dinner table! Bear in mind that dogs learn exactly what you teach them. Feed them from the table, and that's where they will think good things come from - so don't be surprised if they 'steal' food later - no matter how much you were looking forward to eating it!

3 Who's training who?

Right from day one, your puppy is working out what gets attention and what does not. In the first 24 hours of being in your home, he will already have worked out that barking gets eye contact and physical attention. Walking towards the back door gets a play in the garden. Picking up the kids' toys gets chase games. Ragging on the doormat gets laughter. Biting people gets them excited. Playing quietly with your own toys gets nothing. It doesn't take a genius to work out which behaviours he will repeat and which he won't bother with again.

Life is simple if you think like a dog. What gets rewarded, gets repeated. Rewards come in the form of attention from humans - any attention will do if nothing else is going on. Humans act funny when they get excited - it's even worth being punished just to see them jump up and down!

4 Don't allow your puppy to practise behaviours now which will be annoying later on!

Bad manners like jumping up, nudging people in intimate areas, mouthing, and climbing all over people may be funny and cute when your puppy is tiny, but are much less endearing later on! If you don't want your five-stone adult dog to get on your bed after a muddy walk, don't teach him to do it when he's a puppy! Have a think about what your household's rules are going to be - and get everybody to stick to them. Consistency is the key!


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