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    Training New Puppies

    Articledog training guidesMonday 19 March 2012

    New owners need to be strict with their puppies from the start to make sure they do not get into a habit of jumping up, an expert has advised.

    Puppies should never be encouraged to jump up when they are being introduced to a new home.

    This is according to dog trainer and director of Nigel Reed, who offered advice to people who own a young dog on how to train it properly and make sure it behaves.

    He said if puppies start jumping up on people they should be stopped straight away. Although this may be funny and cute when they are small, it will not be the case when they grow up to be much larger dogs.

    "Keep four feet firmly on the ground," Mr Reed advised.

    It is also important for owners to buy plenty of dog toys if they do not want the new addition to their family ruining their house and furniture.

    "Understand that the puppy needs to constantly chew stuff, so have some toys around because its teeth are its weapons and they need constant sharpening and maintaining," the expert stated.

    Dogs Trust recommended 'puppy proofing' a house before the dog arrives by removing electrical flexes that small dogs can easily bite. Similarly, garden fencing and gates need to be secure to try and prevent any accidents.

    Getting puppies used to other dogs can also be a challenge for owners and it is important they take their time with the process, Mr Reed continued.

    He said people need to make sure their puppy understands they are the one in charge so they can keep control of the situation. If a puppy starts pulling on its dog lead when it sees other animals, that usually means they are nervous and people will need to provide reassurance, especially in a world that is still likely to seem strange and confusing.

    "If they have got you to hold its hand, metaphorically, the dog should look at [the other dog] and be OK with it," Mr Reed concluded.

    Source: Sweel Pets

    by Gemma Gamble

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