Bringing a new puppy home for Christmas? Let’s look at the three most important things to do: Potty Training, Crate Training and Socialization. I would recommend taking a few days off work when the puppy arrives. Potty training-every half hour, take the pup outside to pee. Give it the “hurry up” command. As soon as the pup pees, praise it and take it inside. Don’t set the dog up for failure, that way you don’t have to discipline it. It will only pee in the house when you don’t take it out. My German Shepherd was potty trained 20 minutes after I got it home at 8 weeks old. In its entire life, there were only 3 pees and 2 poops in the house, all five were my fault. After a short while, the puppy will go to the door, go out and pee and come right back in. Crate training tomorrow.
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Like they say; “When you’re away, the dog will play”. Dogs tend to get in trouble when they are left alone and become bored. This is when they chew and tear things up. Crate training helps, but consider leaving the dog alone for shorter periods of time.
Water freezes below 32 degrees and it is also the law in many places that a dog cannot be chained up below that temperature. I wish there was a law where they couldn’t be chained up anytime, but we are not there yet. Just make sure the dog has food, water and warm bedding.
Do you ever wonder why dogs chase cars or people walking by? It is because the dog realizes success. Unless that car or those people are coming to your house, they keep on moving on. The dog barks to chase them away and after they move on it thinks it is because he or she barked at them. This is the same with a lot of human behavior. People will repeat tasks where they seem to find success.
Another huge factor in male dog behavior is the presence of a female dog in heat. They will be uncontrollable at times.
Animals are very territorial just like us, we like our space. Other dogs and cats can affect behavior for this reason. A perfectly well-mannered dog can become aggressive to another dog or cat, just because it gets a drink out of your dog’s water bowl or tries to go after some food. Solutions to this problem are keeping animals away from each other when you give them a drink or food.
I know this tip today seems obvious, but you really need to pick up dog feces everyday or it accumulates. This should be as habitual as flushing the toilet every time you use it.