Getting a new puppy can be one of the most exciting thing that we will have her do as humans. I’ve had the opportunity to do this several times throughout my life, and each time it has been uniquely different and a wonderful experience. There’s so many puppy kisses and so much cuteness involved, and I might actually get a little too wrapped up in this little fuzzball of joy. When I got my latest dog, Gabby, it was no exception. I had waited over a year for her it was a pretty momentous occasion.
So I know many families want to start off with the best intentions End it doesn’t always work out that way. If you’re reading this and you’re about to get a dog, I’d like to encourage you to get started as soon as possible, like week eight possible. I will get the question quite a bit about how soon I should start training, and you can really start doing things right away but you do need to be careful about the outside environment and exposing your new puppy to too many things too quickly.
So when you’re thinking about starting the conversation with your dog, the thing I’m going to say next may surprise you. In that initial training session I want you not to try to talk to your puppy unless they have done something that you wanted them to do. Please, don’t say down three times especially if you don’t have a way to help the puppy lie down. And also at this point please, don’t say no. I’m a huge fan of having a clear no, but at this point it’s not even necessary. If you’re thinking you want to teach it at this early age, and there is a better time to teach it, just not yet. What I would like you to do is put yourself inside of the puppies head. The one thing that I’m absolutely sure of is that the puppy understands the smell of delicious food. So grab a handful of food make a fist around it, get your dog to lie down on a bed somewhere that you would like it to in your living room, and then feed and slowly pet the dog in that position for as long as humanly possible. Get your puppy to think that this is the single best moment of its life ever! Did you talk when you were trying to get your dog to lay on the down? If you did, it’s OK. If you didn’t, good job.
Well good luck to you on what is sure to be one of the best and most rewarding relationships that you’ll ever have in your life.
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