Handy Training Tips
Supervising your pup
- Supervise your dog, making sure you are in the same room with him.
- When you can't supervise, us a crate to confine your dog. (The crate should be about the same size as your dog.)
Tips for house-training a puppy
- When you see your pup hovering near the door, it's likely he needs to go outside. Don't expect him to bark to alert you--keep an eye out!
- Praise your puppy for 'getting it right'! Don't punish her for house-training mistakes
- Your puppy will probably need o go outside after taking a nap, playing or eating and drinking
Hand-feeding your puppy
- Use your dog's daily food for training by asking him to do things for you (sit, come, lie down, stay).
- Hand-feeding will make food more important to your dog, and it will make you more important because you control the food.
- Your dog's obedience skills will improve because you are practicing with his food each day.
- Hand-feeding will help create a closer bond with your dog because of the time you spend feeding and training.
Tips for teaching your dog not to jump on you and guests
- Understand that your dog likes to jump up to greet people.
- Train your dog how to greet people correctly: with all four paws on the floor!
- Teach your dog to SIT whenever she greets people and give her a treat when she sits first.
- Encourage people to help you train your dog not to jump up on people—give them a treat so they can reward the dog when he sits.
- Keep your dog on leash when you practice, so your dog can't jump up when meeting people.