I have recently come to the conclusion that I am ready for my second dog now that, Puffy, my Australian Shepherd mix, is 8 years old. In the following article, I share with you how I’m planning for my new puppy. Remember – a little planning now will be a huge benefit in the long run!
Whether or not you’ll be getting a pet dog (like must of us) or you plan to compete with your dog in sports like agility or obedience, you won’t want to be without a Dog Crate and a Dog Gate.
Crates and gates are indispensable management tools I use to prevent and minimize problems. I often find my training clients are hesitant to change things in their homes, but having a dog is a big commitment and some things that work in your current lifestyle, may not be suitable for life with your new dog. By utilizing management tools like dog crates and pet gates, we are able to give our new pets 100% of our attention and nothing less.
When bringing any new dog into a household, adequate supervision is crucial. I don’t want my dog rehearsing bad habits like peeing on the carpet when I’m not looking or chewing my new shoes. So, when I can’t keep my eye on Fido, I use my crate or gate to make sure he’s safe. A crate is also the best way to house train puppies and even adult dogs who’ve never learned
I want my dog to develop good habits and management tools help me to teach my dog how to succeed in her new home.
I prefer having two leashes for my dog. The first leash is for walks. The second is a Long Line Dog Training Leash that I use to train essential behaviors like “Come” and “Leave It”. Long lines can be worn indoors and outdoors. When your dog is wearing a long line, you can easily encourage her to come to you by calling her name, gently reeling in the leash and then offering a tasty reward.
Similarly, teaching the “Leave It” cue is made much simpler by using a long line because you are able to stop your dog by standing on the leash and then trading the object that your dog has gotten a hold of (shoes, socks, TV dinners!) for something more appropriate like his favorite treat.
When you determine what motivates your dog be sure to stock up. I also try to incorporate dog toys into my training routine, and I prefer soft, squeaky plush dog toys. Toys are a great training tool. They can be used to teach things like bite inhibition, “Drop It”, and “Fetch”.
For example, we all know puppies love to chew on anything and everything. I prefer to have my puppy chew on a toy rather than on my hand or my new shoes. You may be surprised to learn that you can also teach your dog to fetch. While some dogs are born with the drive to retrieve even lap dogs can become excellent fetchers with training games.
Not only will you be giving your puppy (or adult dog) a head start but you’ll enhance your relationship by creating a bond and facilitating your dog’s need for stimulation and interaction.