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'Training a Young Pup'

TRAINING A YOUNG PUPPY.

This is something that takes LOVE and usually plenty of PATIENCE.

A young puppy should always be put outside after they awaken from sleep, a boisterous game, and after they last meal in the evening and last thing at night. They will do there best, but in the initial stages of training there will be the inevitable "PUDDLES".

If you see your pup breaching the "RULES" say "NO" sharply and growl disapprovingly at your pup and pick your pup up and put puppy outside (in fine weather), or on newspaper in winter.

Never smack your pup as your pup is only exercising a normal function. Rubbing their nose in it is useless and cruel. You will be surprised how soon a pup will learn.

Puppies can be taught not to jump up on furniture etc. by the same patient method of what I call "VOICE" training.

Training to the lead can begin at 8 weeks of age. I always use a very light collar or show lead and- allow the pup to get used to the feel of it. I then attach a short light lead if using a collar. Let the pup run loose under CONSTANT SUPERVISION (puppy could get tangled and choke) with the lead loose and trailing.

When puppy gets used to having the lead on. The next step is to pick up the trailing lead end and go where the Pup wants go and you follow. If you eliminate this step and try and pull the pup into line at this stage, the pup can become mutinous or refuse to budge or worse still become frightened.

The next step is, the one where you the owner, is going to have to play on all the persuasion keys to get your pup to go where "YOU" want to go. Call your pup by its name and walk away until all the slack is taken up from the lead, squat and call again. If your pup does not move, then bring out a piece of your pups favourite goodie and present it to your pup. Unless the pup is timid, your pup will run forward to receive its reward. Repeat this method several times. Never train your puppy for more than 5 minutes at a time because. Like small children, they will easily tire at anyone lesson or game. Puppies differ very much in the time to train them. Some are naturals and others take twice as much time to train.

Once your pup is use to the lead, then, and only then, take your pup on the quieter streets (footpaths) graduating to nosier ones as your pup's confidence is established.

Keep your pup on a short lead once it's used to it. Say "HEEL" in a firm voice and pull (not jerk) your pup to walk level with you. Always train your puppy to walk on your left side.

A well-trained dog should be a pleasure to take out. Don't allow your pup to "relieve its self on prams, shops or anywhere that could be offensive. This kind of bad conduct only provides ammunition for the guns of the "Dog hater".

It is rare to find a street that has not got trees or a verge on which your pup caught short can relieve themselves. Remember always clean up after your pup.

Never shout or scream at your puppy. It only confuses them or worse still, cowers them. LOVE, PERSUASION and REWARD are the requisites for the successful training of a young puppy.

Enjoy your puppy.

Robyn Hurford

GAMEFORD Maltese.

Golden Rules of Basic Obedience Training.

1. Start training early - your puppy absorbs training more easily before he has learned bad habits.

2. Teach the five exercises, one at a time, in the correct sequence. Each exercise follows on from the previous one.

3. Always train you dog on the lead. When you remove is you take away the only method of ensuring your dog obeys your command.

4. Keep your voice pleasant but firm at all training sessions - adjust the tome of voice for the different commands.

5. Be consistent with the words of command - use the same words and the same tone of voice each time you teach the particular exercise.

6. 6 Obedience must be immediate. Never be satisfied with a slow response.

7. Remember to praise success. Do not praise failure, just try the exercise again.

8. Just as you have "off" days, there will be days when your dog is not his usual self. The dog will realize your feelings - learn to respect his.

9. Training should be fun - make sessions enjoyable by allowing time for play as well.

10. Remember that a grown dog's behaviour reflects the standard his owner is prepared to accept. That standard should also be the level your neighbours are willing to tolerate. As a responsible pet owner, you should set your standards high.


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