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How To Introduce a New Puppy or Dog To The Dog(s) You Already Have

Bringing home a new dog is a highly charged and exciting time.

It doesn’t matter if you get a pup or decide to rescue a shelter dog, if you already have a dog, it’s important to manage the introductions to make sure it goes well for you and your dog(s).

If done right, this getting to know you experience can be relatively stress free for everyone.

I have rescued many dog over the years and I can tell you that it takes about 1-2 months for dogs to settle the new pecking order, and a year before you could say the dogs are now part of the same pack.

They are going to test one another, they might even have a “dust up” or two, that’s why I believe supervision and good management are key to making sure things don’t get too far out of hand.

Watch this short I made on how to introduce a new puppy or dog to the dogs you already have.

Want to learn how to properly crate train your dog?

As Spock would say, it’s only logical captain. 🙂

To find out more about using a crate to manage your dogs behavior go here NEXT!

Ultimate Guide To Properly Crate Training Your Puppy Or Dog

How To Raise A Bombproof Puppy

Posted: February 21, 2015 in Puppy Training
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Listen, do you hear that?

Scratch, scratch, ah-oooh!

That’s the sound of your new puppy searching for answers.

Scratch, scratch, scratch.

You are beginning to realize that raising a puppy is damn hard work, and you are worried about getting it right. After all you don’t want to make any mistakes and end up with a dog that get’s into trouble.

I know you want the best for your puppy but you worry that you won’t have time for obedience classes, and proper exercise, and all the information you searched out on the internet has only left you more confused.

One trainer says you have to teach your pup that you are the boss. Never let her go in or out the door before you, and if she is disobedient then toss her on her side and pin her to the ground until she submits to your Alpha status. Another says to give your pup a cookie when she is doing what you want, and ignore her when she is being bad.

What if I told you that all these trainers are wrong.

What if I told you that there’s a better way to make sure you never make any mistakes with training you new puppy, well maybe minimal mistakes, that are very easy to correct and have no negative emotional effect on your fuzzy faced friend, and takes up very little of your valuable time.

Lots of new dog owners face these same struggles, but the ones who succeed are the ones that found a coach that understands what they are going through, because they have a long history of raising puppies and have proven that they can raise happy and well-adjusted puppies into adult dogs.

Three Important Principles to Remember When Training a Puppy

There is much more to understanding the best ways to raise and train a puppy, and if you want to know more you can always contact me through the comment section below, but for now I will outline three of the main things to remember.

#1. The most important thing is to teach your pup what to do with all that energy.

Your new pup is full of vim and vigor and has a relentless need to sniff, taste, and see all the things in her environment. What is important for you to remember is that while physical exercise is a must, it is even more critical for you to provide emotional exercise for your pup, and one way to drain her energy is to play games that engage her prey drive, games like tug of war, and pushing. Be sure to follow the links to find out exactly how to do each exercise.

Important to note: When playing tug of war with your pup, go easy on her little teeth, just hold onto the tug toy and let her do the pulling. Tug is a great way to re-direct her from biting and mouthing things she shouldn’t. The same goes for pushing,. at first you should just apply a little resistance, and as she grows she will become more enthusiastic for the push. The pushing technique demonstrates what the little girl experienced with her Mama when she struggled against her litter mates to get a drink of life-giving milk. Pushing with your pup will help you stay bonded with her in much the same fashion as she did with her Mother.

These exercises should be done with your pup on a long line, for her protection, just drop the line and forget about it, and focus on having fun with your pup. Encourage your pup to chase you around the yard or follow you for tasty treats.

By tapping into your pups natural prey drive, or the desire to chase and bite things, you can connect with your pup on an emotional level, and build a strong foundation that will help to ensure your pup is attracted to you in times during their life when things get intense in the human world they live in.

#2. Teach Your Pup How To Relax

The next thing you will want to do is to make sure your pup has plenty of time to just lie around doing nothing. There is going to be times when her energy is high, and times when it is low, and by taking the time to structure these times so her behavior is shaped in accordance to these arcs will go a long way toward having the kind of success you want.

One way to do this is to try your best to make sure all her high energy activities are done outside, don’t be concerned about obedience at this point there will be plenty of time for that later on. Right now you want to focus on teaching her when and where to let her energy out, and when and where she should relax.

When she is inside, this is the time to relax and just chill, this is the time to give her a bone to chew on, or gently massage and soften her muscles into a fluffy lump of relaxation.

#3. Guard Your Pup From Stress, and Resolve it When it Happens

Your pup is going to absorb stress during the day just by virtue of being alive.

You will want to observe how her experiences in the world make her feel,  and you will get to know when your pup is stressed because her behavior will reflect her emotional turmoil.

She might run hog-wild around the house, barking or growling, she may even be submissive, or become physically tense. This means that you have exposed her to things she can’t handle, and you will want to try to not let things go that far again.

Tips For Preventing Stress In Your Puppy

1. Instead of taking your pup down town on busy streets, take her for a walk though the woods or in a quiet park.

2. Dog parks are bad business for puppies, instead get to know other like-minded people who have pups around the same age as yours and arrange play dates.

3. Get to know the signs that your pup needs some rest, and don’t fall into the trap that says you have to keep your pup busy with training and socialization., rest, relaxation, and following this simple outline without placing demands on your pup is more important at this stage.

4. Consider each activity that you are going to expose your pup to and ask yourself if this is going to produce stress for your pup, and keeping in mind that anything done inside is going to be more intense for your pup than it is for you, and if the answer is yes, then consider your alternatives.

For example if you are having friends over, it would help your pup if you met them outside, or even go for a short walk around the block together. Another example would be if you are going down town to shop, it would be better if your pup stayed behind in her crate, with a tasty bone to chew on.

How To Resolve Stress In Your Pup

All that energy has to go somewhere and if you want your pup to stay in that emotional flow then you have to give that energy direction. The exercises I outlined above, pushing and tug of war will certainly release any stored up stress your pup might have, and all you need to do is re-direct your pup onto one of these more positive outlets for their energy.

So, congratulations on your new pup, and remember you are not in this alone, if you have questions please let me know what they are in the comment section below, and I will be happy to answer them for you.

You can get some more great dog training tips that will improve your dogs behavior when you follow this link

5 Tips To Improve Your Dogs Behavior Starting Today

All the best,


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How To Hard Wire Your Puppy For A Solid Off Leash Recall

I was asked yesterday for some tips on training your dog to be reliable off leash and one of the ways I begin to bond with my pups is to take advantage of the period of time during a pups life when they imprint on their Mother, and litter mates, and the humans who interact with them.

Imprinting is a way of learning about who their mother is and how they should socialize with their siblings, in other words what it means to be a dog. It is also the time when they learn who they will mate with in the future.

This phase of imprinting takes place between the 4 to 12 week period.

Anything the pup imprints on during this stage of life is there for the life of the dog, and is very hard to un-train. This is why it is never a good idea to take a pup away from his Mother before he has time to learn how to socialize with his or her mates.

If you bring a pup home with you, let’s say at the age of 5 or 6 weeks, he or she has not had time to properly learn about what is means to be a dog and will imprint on the humans, and in fact will think they are human, and future behavior will reflect this confusion.

When introduced to other dogs the pup will not know how to socialize with these alien creatures and become fearful or suspicious and might very well show aggression.

Therefore it is important to seek out a breeder who understands the importance of this early development and keeps the pups with the mother and litter mates for at least 8 weeks, and once the pup comes home with you, continued exposure to other dogs outside your home is critical to proper socialization.

This is how you can take advantage of this stage of development and use imprinting to practically guarantee your pup will come to you every time you ask for the rest of their lives, providing you don’t ruin your relationship by using force or being unfair and abusive.

From the moment you bring your new pup home, words are not really that helpful, a pup can learn words like sit, down, come, stay.

But if you really want to make an impact on your pups future behavior you need to imprint on the pup a sound that means good things are about to happen.

For me that sound is a whistle..

Each day when I step out to go and feed my pups I begin to whistle..,you know like if you are whistling for your dog to come..3 or 4 short bursts of sound as I walk to the building where they are waiting.

They can’t see me but hear the whistle, and then all of a sudden the door opens and I am there with food, praise, tummy rubs, walks, drinks of water, toys and games, and other good things that make my pups happy..over time the pups imprint on this whistling sound, and soon they are all at the door waiting in anticipation of the good things that are coming.

Over the next 3-4 weeks the pups learn that when they hear the sound it is in their best interest to come quick so they don’t miss out on the goodies..later when they are out and about learning and experiencing life..all I have to do is come to the door and whistle..and before I know it I am surrounded by happy bouncing pups eager to see what I have for them..and will follow at my heels..and there is always something good in coming to me.

Around the age of 12 weeks I begin to use the word Come in association with the whistle, and they soon learn that the word “Come” means the same as the sound..something good is about to happen.

The whistle and the word, “Come”, becomes hard wired to mean come here quick..and will almost never fail regardless of distraction or the age of your dog, because it has become imprinted in their behavior, much like when Pavlov rang the bell and the dogs drool in anticipation of the food reward.

My pups learn that the safest and most rewarding place to be is near leash or collar required.

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anxious dog








What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a part of life for both us and our canine companions.

For us anxiety might mean that feeling you get when you are going to start a new
job and can’t sleep the night before.

Or that gut wrenching feeling just before you parachute out of a perfectly good airplane.

Then there are those people who truly suffer from severe anxiety, and in some cases the anxiety
can be so severe that it causes some people to never leave their homes,and need therapy and medication
just to cope.

What does anxiety mean for our dogs?

Quite often a dog will be anxious about people,children, other dogs, noises, and generally
anything that the dog has not been socialized to accept as a normal part of their lives.

What I find disconcerting is that in a lot of cases dog owners are very cavalier about their dogs anxiety
and they force their dogs to interact with the very things that cause their taking a dog that is anxious about strange dogs to the dog park where they have no choice but to deal with strange dogs, or letting a bunch of random people come up and pet a dog that is anxious about people.

When we talk about separation anxiety in our dogs I often hear people say my dog destroys the house when we leave because he has separation anxiety.

I think it’s important to understand that while destructive behavior can be the end result of is more often a
behavior issue that often is the result of dogs owners punishing their dogs for certain behaviors which teaches the dog that the only safe time to indulge in these behaviors are when the owners are away, on the phone, or taking a shower, and training your dog is the answer.

That being said, destructive behavior can also accompany anxiety..a truly anxious dog in most cases has become anxious because they have unlimited access to their humans..and get so emotionally attached that they fall to pieces when the owners go away.

They will pant,pace, and sweat..and this ramps up the tension and loads the dog does the only thing they can do to alleviate the anxiety, they go through the house like a hurricane..ripping up the garbage, door frames, beds, couches, and relieve themselves where ever they want.

If you find it’s a case of when the cat’s away the mice will play then training is needed..if it is true anxiety then the
owner must help the dog.

This can only be done, by building confidence in the dog so they can be on their own..

To accomplish this you need to crate train your dog and do it in a way that makes him simply love the crate..

First you would put the crate in the same room as you..and put the dog in with a chew toy filled with his food.

Leave him in there for 5 minutes, then 10 then 15..then move the crate to the next room..then to the farthest end of the house, and repeat the procedure, as the dog gets more confident, begin to leave him longer..and always feed the dog his meals from a chew toy..this will give him something to do in his crate and before you know it he will be looking at you as if to say..can I please go in my crate.

It is the same way I taught my children to spend time on their own..I give them a video game and tell them to stay in the room and play..and they gladly do it..and actually look forward to the time when I would tell them go to your room and play your video games.

Your dog will learn to see chew toys and his crate in the same manner..he gets to chew on something to relieve any stress or anxiety, and he gets a tasty munch while doing’s a win – win situation.

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two pups fighting







Sometimes new dog owners think they should get two puppies so they will grow up with another dog for
company. I don’t think this is a very good idea, and if you are an inexperienced dog owner/trainer it will
be hard enough for you to work with one puppy let alone two. Just think about the middle of the night
pee breaks.

You will be grouchy enough with one pup,so how will you feel when you take the first one
out at 1:45, get back to bed and start to drift when, the other one has to go. This will go on until
the pups can hold their water for at least 7 hours. They will in most cases be between 10-12 months old
when this happens,but it really depends on your dog.This is the first reason why more than one dog is
bad news for new dog owners.

The second reason I base on emails I get from people who do have more than one dog in the home. The 
problems they are experiencing  could be as a result of having more than one foster or rescued dog, or
they got a new pup to give their old dog a friend. Regardless of the situation the problems all have
one thread of behavior in common.They all say that the dogs seemed fine for a while and then all of a
sudden, something bad happened.

Either one pup attacked the other and he needed 50 stitches to close the wound on his rump, or the younger pup has been terrorizing the old dog and now the old boy won’t come out from under the bed, and he refuses to eat. Grand Father dogs can get down in the dumps real easy if a puppy is tormenting them. Sometimes if the old boy has still got the drive to fight, the pup might not make it out alive. These problems occurred because new dog owners who have very little experience with dogs,make the mistake of thinking dogs can work things out for themselves, well I know from 45 years of experience, they won’t just sit down have a bone and talk about it, they are going to dust it up, that’s the dog way.

If left untrained there will be jostling between two dogs for highest rank in the family pack.This
genetically driven instinct has a powerful effect on how your dog will behave, and this is where new
dog owners make a huge mistake. In the case of getting two puppies, not separating these dogs in
different crates the moment they came into the house. In the case of one pup and one older adult dog the pup needs to be crated.

With the right training, these dogs can eventually be together as long as they are being supervised by the owner.Don’t be falsely lured into thinking, “Oh, I am only going to the store, I’ll be 5 minutes, they’ll be fine.” You might come back to a house that is torn to hell and find one dead dog, and one severely injured dog. You might want to read my article on how to break up a dog fight and not get bitten.

If you already have more than one dog in the house I suggest you get each one a crate and separate them and then begin to establish leadership with all your dogs. When dogs are in the presence of their leader, there will be no fighting, or foolishness of any kind.You might want to read this article I wrote on the subject.

How To Teach A  Grown Dog That You Are Leader

The third reason I think more than two dogs is bad news for new dog owners is because it’s hard enough with our busy lives to spend enough time socializing and training one dog but with two dogs your time will be too thinly spread, and both dogs will suffer because you will only be spending half the time with each dog that you should.

The result of this will be that your pups will grow up bonded and will want to spend more time together than with you. This might sound cute, puppies bonding and playing together, but you have to know that this pups will mature between 18- 24 months, this means that their drive for rank in the pack is going to sky-rocket, and these to bonded buddies are going to draw blood as they fight for rank in the pack.

That’s it for now


dogs getttng trained

After millenniums of living with us humans you would think we’d  have the dog training thing down pat, but unfortunately we are still making some very common mistakes, that for the most part are not world ending, but if you don’t sharpen your dog training skills daily, the consequences can be frustrating for both you and your dog. Therefore I have listed in no particular order, 5 of the most common dog training mistakes and how you can avoid them.


1- Giving a command several times

Say you just told your dog to sit. He looks at you like you’ve got three heads, and just walks away. You begin following him around saying,”sit,sit,sit!”, and you keep repeating “sit,sit,sit,sit!”, until he half-assed, puts his butt on the ground.

When you give a command more than once or twice, you are effectively making that word non-existent to your dog, in other words he has become desensitized to the command, he doesn’t recognize it as having any meaning.

If you give your dog the command to sit, and he don’t, then it is either because he is stalling which is a learned behavior,for example,.. independent dogs don’t like to lay down and will stall in order to see if you will give up and go away. Your dog could be distracted, or he is simply blowing you off. This can happen when the behavior has not been proofed properly for distractions, different environments, and a variety of other stimuli,using food/toy rewards.

If you give a command once and your dog does not comply, just take him to a quiet place and ask again. If he still refuses to obey, go back to basics, and don’t be stingy with the treats, make it fun and beneficial for your dog, and make sure you adhere to the ask once rule and reward only your dogs best efforts. You must work diligently to make come,sit,down,stay the most exciting things for your dog to do.

One more tip, If you know your dog is blowing you off, try this. Give the command to sit,come,or lay down, if he don’t respond, step toward him while making direct eye contact, this is usually enough to convince him to comply.

2-Traning is not consistent

When we first get our new puppy or dog, it’s all about the training, we do basic routines with our new pooches often and with gusto. However once we get used to our new furry friend, and things settle into a pattern we often let things slide and just kind of go with the flow. The consequences of this is your dogs response time will degrade,and often he won’t respond at all, and that’s not good for those important, possibly life saving commands like “Come”. It all boils down to a lack of practice; it’s the same idea as if you only went rock climbing once or twice a year, you wouldn’t be very good at it.

Don’t just train your dog to forget, hone your skills daily by taking advantage of every opportunity to educate your dog. Your life is a dog training classroom, for example, have your dog sit, before eating, lie down before you open the door, stay, in the drive while you go to the road and get the paper.Teach your dog a new trick each month, be random and unpredictable with your training and you will keep your dogs established behaviors sharp and responsive to your commands.

Remember the more intelligent your dog becomes, the more important you become to them.

3-Training sessions are too long or too short.

If you train your dog to long,(30 minutes or more), he will become bored and disinterested in training. Likewise if you don’t train long enough to have success,( even partial success is enough to end a session on), your training efforts will suffer.

I find that 5-10 minutes of training is plenty of time to set your dog up to succeed. Be careful not to ask to much of your dog too fast. It is important to understand that getting your dog to comply to your commands reliably is going to take many attempts and plenty of practice. Baby steps is the key to successful training. Always end your session with your dog being successful, never leave the practice session until your dog has successfully obeyed your command, at least in part.

What I mean by partial success is this. If your training your dog to sit and he has never practiced this behavior, for the first few times he may only sit on one hip, or slightly off to the side or only touch the floor for one second. This is enough to deem the session a success and reward your dog with food and praise, and in your next practice ask for him to sit a little better, a little longer and so on. Training for your dog is an evolution and time,practice, and patience will win the day.

4- Training when you’re in an unstable state of mind

If you are angry,frustrated,or use force while trying to train your puppy or dog, you will only sabotage yourself. Your dog will know you are in a weak state of mind and will not see you as in charge. Likewise if you squeal with joy,and jump up and down with over the top dramatization of your emotions, your dog will mirror your excited state and have trouble focusing on what you want her to learn.

In order for your dog to trust you and view you as someone who they should listen to you must always be calm and confident. Be loving,kind,and forgiving but you must also represent authority. If your dog get’s it wrong, don’t yell, or hit, just back up and try again and be a little less demanding of your dogs performance. Likewise is he gets it right, just a simple smile and a “good dog” and on we go will suffice. Your dog will imprint this pattern of calm relaxed authority, and the benefits will reflect in the level of success with training.

5- Being Reactive instead of proactive

Back in the day I studied the martial art of Karate. It required me to become familiar with the physical world and the philosophical realm of thought and reasoning. Dog training is a lot like that. You must master timing,technique,and all the while maintaining your stamina. Plus have a deep understanding of what motivates your dog, it’s not something you can learn in a half hour t.v. show or from reading a couple of books,.( not even mine.) It takes time and experience, and plenty of it.

That’s why a lot of dog owners have not achieved enough knowledge and practice to be as successful as they could be. In essence they are behaving like their dog and just reacting to what the dog is doing instead of planning ahead of the event, in other words to anticipate what your dog is going to do and be proactive in your response. For example, if your training your dog to not jump up, you need to watch your dog and as soon as you see that look in his eye, or that posture of wiggling and lowering his hind end, it’s now you should interrupt the behavior and teach him how to sit. If you wait until he jumps up then you will only be reacting to the behavior and your dog won’t learn a thing. Instead anticipate, and be proactive, grasp the opportunity to teach your dog before he does it, and watch your dog training skills take off.

I hope this gives you an idea of some of the things you can start doing right now to learn how to avoid making common dog training mistakes. Remember if you need help contact a reputable local trainer, there is no shame in needing help, and it’s what’s best for your dog that matters,..right?

That’s it for now, I hope you found these tips to be helpful, if so then please share it with a friend, and leave me a comment let me know what you think. I love to hear from my readers.

Good luck, and keep training.






I try to provide the best information and dog training tips to help you get the training results you want with as little fuss as possible. This tip that I will share with you today is one best dog training tips I can offer.

Let me ask you a question.

If you give your dog a command are you sure he will obey?

If you answered no, then my response is why bother to ask your dog to do something if you are not confident in his ability to complete the task. This is counter productive and quite frankly a waste of your time, not to mention very confusing to your dog.

If your dog is not properly trained to do as you ask without fail, then there are some steps you can take to make sure you are setting your dog up for success and not failure.

Take this scenario for example

You let your dog out in the morning to pee and roam around the back yard off leash while you get your coffee and prepare to get to work. It’s five minutes before you have to leave so you call your dog to come, and he just ignores you and continues to sniff the ground and do doggie stuff.

What can you do?

There are a couple of things you could do instead of continue to yell and get more frustrated, only to have your dog try harder to keep away from you.

1. Grab a high value food reward such as chicken, beef, hot dog, or cheese. Walk calmly over to your dog and let him smell it. Even if you have to stick the treat right under his nose to get him to notice it, call him to come,then just as calmly walk back to the house.

99 dogs out of 100 will follow you.

With time your dog will learn that it is in his best interest to come when you call.

2. Put a long lead on your dog and if they refuse to come when called, gently reel them in, and give a reward when they get to you.

Training your dog to obey your commands without fail is something you have to work for, you need to be prepared to take baby steps and put in the hard work to win the prize.

Set your dog up to succeed

In order for your dog to succeed you must make it as easy as possible. There are keys to successful training, and here are a couple of them.

1. Motivation…Your dog must be motivated to do the task at hand. For example,. if your dog is hungry then he will be very motivated to work for his lunch, so training before meals will increase the likelihood of having a compliant dog.

If you find your dog is not fussy about his dry kibble as a reward, and is only half arsing his way through, then try using a piece of sausage now and again and see the difference in your dogs attention levels and eagerness to perform.

2. Take control of your dogs environment… there are many ways to use the environment to help aid you and ensure your dog will succeed. For example,.. if your puppy likes to chew things, then make sure there are only chew appropriate toys available in your puppy’s environment.

Put you valuables away until you are sure he is trained on what’s off-limits. You can always put them back in time.

If he has accidents on the floor, use a crate to train him on where and when he can do his business.

When you always set your dog up to succeed your training will be more effective and enjoyable, for both you and your dog.

When your dog succeeds, you succeed. That is the best dog training tip I can offer.

That’s all for today,

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Good luck, and good training


puppy pee






The number one thing to remember when learning how to house train your new puppy or adopted dog, is that if you can’t watch them, you must confine them to a crate until you are confident they are house broken.

If you don’t have a crate, then a small room like the bathroom or kitchen is fine. Use gates to keep them in one general area.

I suggest getting a crate, they are perfect for many different occasions, like a trip to the vet, or a good place for them to sleep at night. Besides a dog will not usually soil the place where he sleeps.

When you are at home you can also tie your dog to you with a leash to be able to quickly go outside if your dog needs to go.

Set a routine, and stick to it, for example eat, drink, and go for a walk, this will establish a pattern that your dog will adhere to.

Give your dog a reasonable amount of time to eat, 10 minutes is usually plenty, and then pick up the bowl and put it away.

Do not leave food in the dish because if your dog can eat when ever he wants, you will not be able to establish a predictable patter in his use of the bathroom. However your puppy or dog should have access to fresh water at all times.

Once you begin to observe your puppy or dog, you will soon notice that they have a pattern to when they use the bathroom, for example, a puppy will most likely want to go pee when you are playing with him, or just after they wake up, or just before or after they eat, or drink. Puppies usually need to go every two hours or so.

This routine is the same for older dogs that have been adopted, treat them as they were just puppy’s too.

What to do when they pee in the wrong place

Never hit or yell at your puppy or dog for going inside, if you do then they will learn that it is safer if they wait until you’re not in sight. They didn’t do it just to make you mad, they simply had to go and you didn’t catch them in time.

If you catch them in the act, then a sharp “hey,hey!” and pick them up or if they are on a leash, quickly run outside.

What to do when they pee in the right place

Once your outside, stop and let your dog sniff and explore the 6 foot radius of the leash. Do not say anything, when he starts to go, remain silent, because if you speak he may stop and look for you to play. Later when he is trained you can start to add a phrase like, “hurry up, go pee,”.. remember this is not a time for play.

Let him finish, and then give a treat, play, praise him tell him what a good boy he is. This will reinforce to your dog that you really like what he just did and it will encourage him to repeat this behavior to get the reward.

Some other tips about how to house train your new puppy or adopted dog..

You can expect your puppy to be fully house trained by the age of 6 months, it is unrealistic to think it will happen before because your puppy has very little control over his bladder until then.

If your pup or dog makes a mistake inside, then you need to eliminate the odor or they will go there again, regular house hold cleaners just don’t work, but there are many product at your local pet store that will do this.

Newspaper training just teaches your dog that it’s o.k. to go inside the house, I suggest getting a crate.

If you go out and he don’t go, never assume he don’t need to and let him have free run of the house, put him back in a confined area for 10-15 minutes and then try again.

Last but not least, have a rolled up newspaper handy, and when your dog makes a mistake in the house, whack yourself a couple of times, because any mistakes in-house training is your fault, not the dog’s.

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Here is a scenario that plays out on your street, the dog park and in most people’s homes. It’s a great lesson in why you should not train a dog to stop growling.

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Jim takes his dog Bully Boy for a walk through the neighborhood park, it’s a lovely morning the birds are chirping, the sky is sunny and blue, and there are a few people also taking advantage of the early morning, and exercising their dogs. Jim Looks across the park, and just there is a woman with a younger puppy coming directly towards him at a high rate of speed.



Now Jim is a mindful dog owner and has taught Bully Boy how to properly handle a meet and greet. The puppy however is exuberant and very inexperienced when it comes to interacting with older dogs, so once he was within reach of Bully Boy, he began to jump relentlessly up against Bully Boy, trying to initiate play.



The woman seemed oblivious to what was happening and did nothing to curb her puppy’s excitement, and Bully Boy while he was not aggressive did not want to be bothered, so he growled at the pup. The puppy did not understand that growl as a warning, so he continued to jump, and lick Bully Boy’s face and nip at his legs, Bully Boy growled louder,.. loud enough to get the attention of not only the pup, but Jim and the woman also.


Jim who was throughly embarrassed by Bully Boy’s growling, apologized and quickly walked away.

Jim should not have been embarrassed by Bully Boy’s growling, and had nothing to apologize for, you see, growling is a perfectly normal and necessary form of communication, a warning that say’s “Hey I don’t like that”, or Don’t come any closer”

It should have been the woman who apologized to Jim for not having her pup on a leash, and hopefully the pup will learn to stop when warned off by older dogs, before he gets the crap beat out of him.

The lesson in this story is this:

Never punish a dog for growling, it is the same as taking the safety off a loaded gun, it can go off at any moment without notice.

Growling is meant to avoid aggression, not cause it.

A dog that has been trained to stop growling is a very dangerous dog.


There are better ways to deal with a growling dog, like distraction, turn your dog away from the source of their uncomfort, this tells the dog that there is nothing here for you to worry about.

Never yell or hit a growling dog, as this will only make things worse, and could end very badly.

If it is your dog that is growling at you, for what ever reason, wait until the dog calms down and then work on the issue, for example, resource guarding. If you need help contact a professional trainer to help you.

Remember, growling is a perfectly normal way for dog’s to communicate their feelings, and we should never train a dog to stop growling, figure out why your dog is growling, help them to feel better,and don’t view it as bad behavior.

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There is nothing more heart warming than having a little puppy who follows you every where and does what ever you ask. Life is good and there seems to be nothing that could go wrong. He sits, comes and lay’s down when asked, and impresses everyone who comes to visit. However as your little guy grows  up, he will begin to exhibit behaviors that you will no longer find very cute or funny. For example one day you come home to find your little angel has chewed the leg off your couch, or left a big puddle of pee on and around your garbage can, and there is nothing left of your Grandmothers blanket she made for you except tatters and ribbons. Now would be the time for you to consider training your puppy using short-term confinement.


You see, your little darling is now becoming a teenager, and like their counter parts in the human world, will make mistakes as they learn how to live in the world around them.


Some dogs mature( by this I mean becomes a teenager), at different ages, for example small breed dogs, like the Yorkies and the Bichon Frise, mature at about 6 months, medium-sized breeds like Labrador’s and Pit Bulls mature at around 14 months, and large breeds like St. Bernard’s, reach the teenage years at about 2 years of age.


I often hear people say that they don’t know what happened, one day he was a good puppy, and the next, he became an outlaw and seems to have forgotten every thing I taught him, and to top it off, he now humps every leg he sees.


What happened was their little puppy who was contented with the squeaky toy to chew on, now has pain in his gums from his growing teeth, and has discovered that chewing on the hard wood couch leg, makes it feel better, and the humping, well we all know what that is all about.


The sandwich he stole off the coffee table was once out of his reach, but now he can easily see what is up there, and boy did that sandwich taste good, and he will check there often to see if you left anything unattended.


He is not being bad out of spite, or deliberately trying to make you angry, he is simply doing what comes natural to any dog.


In order to regain control of your pups natural instincts to chew and mark their territory, you will need to supervise all their activity, and when you can’t you will need to train your puppy using short-term confinement.


Crate training can be very effective in helping you to manage your puppy’s new-found and sometimes destructive urges. You will need to buy appropriate chew toys, that are durable and won’t fall to pieces when chewed, as this could cause problems if swallowed by your pup.


Having your puppy neutered can help with the marking, and humping behavior.


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