PUPPY TRAINING CLASS
We recommend that you start puppy class as soon as you get the puppy. Puppies bite, jump, bark, etc. It is much easier to train them when they are small. Almost all of our Labrador puppy buyers have used Vince Rambala, who is in Ringwood and Hillsdale. Everyone loves him. I also used him when we keep puppies. He is great with children, and having them be involved with the training process. He is one of the few trainers that I know, that do not make the children sit and color while the parents train the dog. He actively has the children involved. If you are interested, please contact:
Lets try to get just a mind set about training. There are many, many, many different methods of training. If you read multiple books, talk to different trainers or veterinarians, you can easily get confused. Just remember: there is more than one way to do things, and they could both be 100 % acceptable. All will agree that starting early and never hitting the pet are essential. I strongly recommend" Good Owners. Great Dogs" by Kilcommons.
The three following points are absolutely important guidelines to follow, regardless of whose method you use: consistent, persistent, patience
Everyone is house must be consistent with training method, and with the words used as commands.
Everyone in contact with puppy must be consistent every time with
giving command. Example 1: Do not allow anyone to play tug-of-war with
dog; he will then think that it is a game whenyou are trying to get an unwanted
object out of his mouth. If one person encourages tug -of -war,
puppy gets confused.
Example 2: When puppy jumps up onto you, everyone
must use the command " OFF" If one person uses ""down", and
the other uses " OFF" puppy gets confused!!! Makes sense. Right??
Commands should be spoken to puppy in gentle, but firm (not yelling) manner. Tell the puppy once. If he does not follow command, make him do it on the second time. Example : Tell puppy to " SIT". If he doesn't sit,; immediately and gently push in behind his knees while pulling up on collar and saying "SIT" again. Don't give up if it seems the next day that the puppy never heard the word "sit"! Be persistant, and PRAISE, PRAISE, PRAISE puppy in up-beat tone when he gets it right.
Puppies, like children, do not come "pre-trained". They also are not going to learn things on the first attempt, and always remember them later. They are NOT being spiteful...just puppies! Owning a dog is a responsibility. You can potentially save the dogs life one day, by just teaching simple commands. We want well behaved dogs, not necessarily show orstunts dogs.
IT IS MUCH EASIER TO TRAIN THEM WHEN THEY ARE SMALL THEY ONLY GET BIGGER, STRONGER, AND SET IN THEIR WAYS!
Next time, I will give you some advice on things to purchase for a new puppy.
In addition to working in the Veterinary field for over 30 years, Cynthia Mazzola DVM has been breeding and training dogs for over 30 years.
Dr. Mazzola likes to see puppies in the owners home, so that they do not pick up any infections at an animal clinic, where sick animals are treated. Puppies have immature immune systems, so are much more prone to infections.