Happiness at home starts with a routine. â€“Henry Chappell
Regular, gentle training during feeding time and playtime gets a pup off to a quick start.
At four months, this German shorthaired pointer already knew her name.
If youâ€™ve followed my advice in bringing your pup home, your new puppy should have already settled in. Sheâ€™s comfortable in her crate and only gets you up once a night for a quick backyard run. Sheâ€™s wearing a stout, flat D-ring collar. Now what? This is all you need to remember:
Dogs crave routine. Clear expectations and good habits make for confident dogs and peaceful homes.
At feeding time, place your pupâ€™s bowl on the floor, say her name, and â€œcome.â€ Sheâ€™ll be coming to the food anyway, so you might as well establish a connection between command and action. Soon sheâ€™ll perk her ears whenever you say her name. Likewise, whenever she runs to greet you, bend to her level, clap your hands, say â€œcome,â€ and praise her when she follows through. If she ignores you, donâ€™t repeat the command or scold her. Go pick her up, say â€œcome,â€ in a firm voice, and carry her back to where you initially gave the command.
Hold her a few seconds, and release her with a pat. Snap a lead to her collar and get ready: Sheâ€™s going to throw a fit. Let her have at it. After a minute, put some slack in the lead and call her. Repeat. In no time, sheâ€™ll be ready for short walks.
- Keep things light and fun. Bold puppies grow into classy working dogs.
- Keep a few kibbles in your shirt pocket. Reward sparingly.
- Check collar fit every few days.
- Give commands you canâ€™t enforce.
- Swat your puppy.