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December 2002 Newsletter
In Memory of Pets
All of us at In
Memory Of Pets want to give our special blessings
to you and your
loving families and friends during this upcoming Holiday
May all find peace
and comfort in yours
Hearts through loving
This Month’s December
First Steps in Training your Puppy:
A puppy must be
taught how to behave in a human environment,
where it is allowed
to go in the house, and what it is allowed to do.
This training must
commence as soon
as your puppy is
introduced to the household,
and you must start as
you mean to go on, never relaxing,
for every time you
give a command which is ignored you have, in fact,
taught the puppy to
The time to begin
training varies from breed to breed and puppy to puppy,
but can be any time
after about six weeks,
providing the puppy
Your puppy should
have its very own bed or box,
and it is useful to
teach it to go there on command.
Point your finger at
the bed and choose a constant command,
“Go to your basket”
or “Get in your bed”.
This should be a
firm, but with no hint of anger otherwise
the puppy will feel
as if it is being chastised.
If necessary, lift
the puppy and place it in the bed,
repeating the command,
then reward with praise.
Last thing at night,
make the reward a small biscuit or chewy.
should treat its bed as a private retreat and
must enjoy going to
it when told to do so.
This is a valuable
lesson and may save a puppy from harm
when the command is
given as a distraction from danger.
Decide which rooms
are available to your puppy,
and teach it to stay
out of the others.
Be sure to shut your
puppy away on its own for periods each day
so that it does not
resent being alone.
Start with a short
period when the puppy is tired,
and settle it in its
bed with toys and a treat.
the periods of temporary isolation,
and in this way you
will avoid having a dog which whines and
barks whenever it is
Using the word “No”
The word “No” should
be sued firmly and sternly every time your puppy
acts in an
This is an important
command which will be used throughout the dog’s life and
must be taught
correctly from the outset. Never
use “No” if there is a chance
that you will be
disobeyed, and do not use it so often that there is a danger
puppy becoming immune to the command. “No” may be reinforced
by a reprovingly
raised index finger or by slapping your hand
against your leg, or
clapping the hands.
naturally carry objects around in their mouths and
this behavior may be
encouraged as it leads
naturally to the
“retrieve” training given in later weeks.
of lavish praise should be given for a good performance
as this helps to
compensate in some measure
for the number of
times the “NO” command has to be given.
immensely in temperament,
but most are content
with praise consisting
of a short word and a
pat, while others need
to be greatly fussed
with and petted.
Try to avoid giving
tidbits as rewards.
Play with your puppy,
taking up various roles
in replace it missing
Puppies enjoy mock
battles when you musts pretend to be another dog
of the same age, and “tag”
when you must first chase your puppy and
then allow it to turn
and chase you.
Playing builds up a
unique relationship between you and your dog.
You must never allow
your puppy to get over-excited, however,
or allow its playful
bites and snaps be become too realistic.
If this situation
starts to develop, use the “No” command, follow by praise and
a tactile reward when
your puppy relaxes.
You may decide to
allow your puppy to rest in one particular armchair, and
this can be given
special washable slip cover or cushions,
which are changed
Give your new puppy
proper training and love and this love will be returned
always your Veterinarian is the best source of information and
treatment for questions or problems that may exist.
If you have any suggestions or
comments or would like to add to
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