Socializing and puppy training are of the utmost importance as pupplyhood is the most critical time in our dog’s development. What you do and do not do right now will affect your dog’s behavior forever.

To train a dog most effectively, we need to understand how dogs learn. In the “doggy world” learning consists of trying out new behaviors and seeing what happens as a consequence of this behavior. If the behavior (action) is followed by a good consequence, the dog will repeat the behavior. For example, getting food might reward a dog that begs at the table. But if the behavior (beggingin) is followed by a negative consequence, such as no food being given, the dog will eventually stop the behavior. Effective training should work on the same principle. It should be a combination of information: what you want the dog to do; motivation: a reason for your dog to do it; and timing: when to reward a good action.

Crate training can be an efficient and effective way to house train a dog. Dogs do not like to soil their resting/sleeping quarters if given adequate opportunity to eliminate elsewhere. Temporarily confining your dog to a small area strongly inhibits the tendency to eliminate. If your dog does not eliminate while he is confined, then he will need to when he is released. Praise and reward him.

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