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Education at a glance

Educating our puppy should start as early as possible. The ability to learn in a young puppy is remarkably huge even though we may not see it and simply treat it like a fluffy, cuddly toy . We could not be further from the truth because the puppy very quickly picks up both positive and negative behaviour traits.

Basic advice:

Teaching cleanliness at home is not complicated.

Upon arrival in its new home, the puppy would not have learned to maintain consistent cleanliness and would relieve itself in different places. The exception is its den; a puppy would normally keep this area clean. The way to quickly achieve success is frequent and regular outings with the puppy, especially upon waking up, after meals and during play time. Do NOT punish the puppy if it happens to make a mistake accidentally. However, you should always reward the puppy when it does something right. Do not wait for the puppy to signal that it wants to go for a walk, as it is not yet able to control its physiological needs. Besides, the puppy is too engrossed in learning about the new world, to think about its urine. Sometimes the puppy may get restless and begin to spin intensely, sniffing the floor, which is a sign that it needs to go out for a walk. The puppy should be taken for a walk as often as possible and rewarded when it manages to relieve itself in the correct place.

Our dog is not the navel of the world.

Let us avoid teaching our puppy that there will always be someone around to play with it or to put it to bed (unless the puppy’s owner can meet the conditions to do so for many years to come).
Why? There will come a time when the euphoria of being in a new home would have settled and the prose of everyday life will return (work, school, the duties of everyday life). Your dog will not understand this seperation. The puppy quickly gets used to the rhythm of everyday life and our job is to get it used to the rhythm from the very beginning to prevent separation anxiety, nervousness, or other similar forms of behaviour.
Puppies should get used to the ritual of everyday life as quickly as possible so that they will feel safe.
Observe the regular times of feeding, walking, rest and sleep.

Training a dog.

The best training method is to use positive reinforcement: the desired behavior should be rewarded every time. The reward should become a permanent fixture. When beginning the training, it is advisable to use the help of a qualified instructor. Before enrolling your puppy in a school, you should look at the structure of the course: see if the dogs willingly and joyfully participate or instead look intimidated. Also check whether the instructors are calm when giving instructons or if they physically tug their dogs instead.
I wish you the very best of success.

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