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Beagle Puppy Training Program – Trainer Shows You How Step by Step

The best Beagle puppy training program is called, “Project Moses.” It was created by professional dog trainer, Doggy Dan for his dog training website, The Online Dog Trainer.  You can read my review of The Online Dog Trainer HERE.

For people wanting to train a puppy, nothing compares to this. Nothing.

Take a look at this sneak-peak video of Doggy Dan and Moses in action!

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Akita Puppy TrainingSo How Do I Train My Puppy?

Well, the great news is that it’s not complicated, especially with the help of Doggy Dan’s The Online Dog Trainer video website.  One of the latest and most exciting additions to the website is Project Moses. For anyone who has a new puppy, this is a must. In this part of the site, Doggy Dan has taken an adorable new puppy named Moses and videoed every stage of his training from eight weeks old right through to one year old, and those videos are all available on the site. It’s so fun and exciting to watch.  You can see Moses learning all of the commands, and growing into quite an amazing dog. This project in itself is such an incredible concept, that it could be the only training he offers and it would still be priceless.

Dog Obedience Classes

Before you get hung up on going to dog obedience classes to learn how to achieve popular doggie tricks to impress your friends and family…honestly…we spend so much time and effort focusing on how to do commands such as sit and stay but rarely focus on the really important stuff.  Think about it – has a dog ever been put to sleep (yes, I am talking about euthanization) because they didn’t do a proper sit? Or because their down command was a bit slow? Or because they didn’t stay? Of course not. Yet that’s what we all learn at puppy school!

The important stuff, like handling aggression, for example, aren’t taught at dog obedience classes. More dogs are put to sleep for aggression, barking, growling, and challenging than for any other reason.  There is nothing more dangerous than an out of control dog, pulling you along on the leash, ignoring you when you call them. Never mind the danger to themselves, children, neighbors, strangers, or around cars and other dogs.

Learning how to train a puppy is a safety issue – for you, for your family, for people around you, and for the puppy.

Characteristics of a Perfect Dog

Most people’s idea of a perfect dog would include all of the following five behaviors:

Calm around all animals, including other dogs.

Friendly to people, including children.

Relaxed and obedient at home.

Always comes when called.

Walks nicely on a leash.

You Can Achieve All 5 of These!

Akita Puppy TrainingGo to The Online Dog Trainer website and check it out! There’s just no better way to learn how to train your puppy than to watch a professional dog trainer trainer doing it week after week, with a puppy of his own! And please, let me know how you make out and what you think of Doggy Dan!  Debra

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Potty Training Rottweiler Puppy

the online dog trainerThe best way to potty train a Rottweiler puppy is to watch a professional dog trainer do it, step by step, one week at a time.  Sound impossible?  Expensive?  It’s not!  Professional Dog Trainer and Behavioral Specialist Dan Abdelnoor (well known as Doggy Dan) gives you exactly that on his dog training website, The Online Dog Trainer.  You’ll be able to watch Doggy Dan’s PROJECT MOSES video series, where he begins training his 8-week-old Beagle puppy, Moses, and video tapes the training weekly until Moses is a full year old!

Moses is so cute, I can barely stand it!  LOL  But seriously, don’t you think this is the best thing you can do with your new puppy?  Start off right, with the best professional training, not only for potty training, but for every behavioral issue you and your puppy might have to deal with.  Doggy Dan truly provides the knowledge you need to have a well behaved dog to spend years of happiness with!

Doggy Dan offers a 3-day trial of his website for $1.  So there’s no risk to try it out.  Sign up for $1, spend three whole days watching Doggy Dan’s videos, then decide if you’d like to have a monthly subscription to continue your dog training education.  There’s no obligation!

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The Online Dog Trainer teaches every aspect of dog training with simple, step-by-step videos. They give you a 3-day trial for only $1 so you can see everything before you decide to sign up.  Watch this video where Doggy Dan takes us on a personal tour of the site!

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House Train Dachshund Puppy

the online dog trainerThe best way to house train a Dachshund puppy is to watch a professional dog trainer do it, step by step, one week at a time.  Sound impossible?  Expensive?  It’s not!  Professional Dog Trainer and Behavioral Specialist Dan Abdelnoor (well known as Doggy Dan) gives you exactly that on his dog training website, The Online Dog Trainer.  You’ll be able to watch Doggy Dan’s PROJECT MOSES video series, where he begins training his 8-week-old Beagle puppy, Moses, and video tapes the training weekly until Moses is a full year old!

Moses is so cute, I can barely stand it!  LOL  But seriously, don’t you think this is the best thing you can do with your new puppy?  Start off right, with the best professional training, not only for potty training, but for every behavioral issue you and your puppy might have to deal with.  Doggy Dan truly provides the knowledge you need to have a well behaved dog to spend years of happiness with!

Doggy Dan offers a 3-day trial of his website for $1.  So there’s no risk to try it out.  Sign up for $1, spend three whole days watching Doggy Dan’s videos, then decide if you’d like to have a monthly subscription to continue your dog training education.  There’s no obligation!

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For More Information

You can read my review of The Online Dog Trainer HERE.

The Online Dog Trainer teaches every aspect of dog training with simple, step-by-step videos. They give you a 3-day trial for only $1 so you can see everything before you decide to sign up.  Watch this video where Doggy Dan takes us on a personal tour of the site!

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We Donate to Animal Charities

Thank you for visiting my website.  I donate 10% of all commissions I make on this website to animal charities.  You can see a list of the charities I donate to here.  If you like this website, please share it with your friends – every purchase helps animals!  Debra

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Potty Train Pit Bull Puppy

the online dog trainerThe best way to potty train a pit bull puppy is to watch a professional dog trainer do it, step by step, one week at a time.  Sound impossible?  Expensive?  It’s not!  Professional Dog Trainer and Behavioral Specialist Dan Abdelnoor (well known as Doggy Dan) gives you exactly that on his dog training website, The Online Dog Trainer.  You’ll be able to watch Doggy Dan’s PROJECT MOSES video series, where he begins training his 8-week-old Beagle puppy, Moses, and video tapes the training weekly until Moses is a full year old!

Moses is so cute, I can barely stand it!  LOL  But seriously, don’t you think this is the best thing you can do with your new puppy?  Start off right, with the best professional training, not only for potty training, but for every behavioral issue you and your puppy might have to deal with.  Doggy Dan truly provides the knowledge you need to have a well behaved dog to spend years of happiness with!

Doggy Dan offers a 3-day trial of his website for $1.  So there’s no risk to try it out.  Sign up for $1, spend three whole days watching Doggy Dan’s videos, then decide if you’d like to have a monthly subscription to continue your dog training education.  There’s no obligation!

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For More Information

You can read my review of The Online Dog Trainer HERE.

The Online Dog Trainer teaches every aspect of dog training with simple, step-by-step videos. They give you a 3-day trial for only $1 so you can see everything before you decide to sign up.  Watch this video where Doggy Dan takes us on a personal tour of the site!

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We Donate to Animal Charities

Thank you for visiting my website.  I donate 10% of all commissions I make on this website to animal charities.  You can see a list of the charities I donate to here.  If you like this website, please share it with your friends – every purchase helps animals!  Debra

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Akita Puppy Training Program – Dog Trainer Shows You How in Step-by-Step Videos

The best Akita puppy training program is called, “Project Moses.” It was created by professional dog trainer, Doggy Dan for his dog training website, The Online Dog Trainer.  You can read my review of The Online Dog Trainer HERE.

For people wanting to train a puppy, nothing compares to this. Nothing.

Take a look at this sneak-peak video of Doggy Dan and Moses in action!

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Akita Puppy TrainingSo How Do I Train My Puppy?

Well, the great news is that it’s not complicated, especially with the help of Doggy Dan’s The Online Dog Trainer video website.  One of the latest and most exciting additions to the website is Project Moses. For anyone who has a new puppy, this is a must. In this part of the site, Doggy Dan has taken an adorable new puppy named Moses and videoed every stage of his training from eight weeks old right through to one year old, and those videos are all available on the site. It’s so fun and exciting to watch.  You can see Moses learning all of the commands, and growing into quite an amazing dog. This project in itself is such an incredible concept, that it could be the only training he offers and it would still be priceless.

Akita Puppy TrainingDog Obedience Classes

Before you get hung up on going to dog obedience classes to learn how to achieve popular doggie tricks to impress your friends and family…honestly…we spend so much time and effort focusing on how to do commands such as sit and stay but rarely focus on the really important stuff.  Think about it – has a dog ever been put to sleep (yes, I am talking about euthanization) because they didn’t do a proper sit? Or because their down command was a bit slow? Or because they didn’t stay? Of course not. Yet that’s what we all learn at puppy school!

The important stuff, like handling aggression, for example, aren’t taught at dog obedience classes. More dogs are put to sleep for aggression, barking, growling, and challenging than for any other reason.  There is nothing more dangerous than an out of control dog, pulling you along on the leash, ignoring you when you call them. Never mind the danger to themselves, children, neighbors, strangers, or around cars and other dogs.

Learning how to train a puppy is a safety issue – for you, for your family, for people around you, and for the puppy.

Akita Puppy Training Characteristics of a Perfect Dog

Most people’s idea of a perfect dog would include all of the following five behaviors:

Calm around all animals, including other dogs.

Friendly to people, including children.

Relaxed and obedient at home.

Always comes when called.

Walks nicely on a leash.

You Can Achieve All 5 of These!

Akita Puppy TrainingGo to The Online Dog Trainer website and check it out! There’s just no better way to learn how to train your puppy than to watch a professional dog trainer trainer doing it week after week, with a puppy of his own! And please, let me know how you make out and what you think of Doggy Dan!  Debra

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CLICK HERE to sign up for 5 Free Dog Training Videos from Doggy Dan.  It’s a great way to see what Doggy Dan’s training is like!

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Making a Schedule for Your Puppy – Consistency is Key!

I think the best way to explain the importance of making a schedule for your puppy is to tell you about a little boy named Erin who came to visit at my house when I was a kid.

making a schedule for your puppyErin’s home life wasn’t great.  His parents made very little money, and to make things worse, his dad was a full blown alcoholic which, of course, caused unending turmoil and upset in the household.  As a result, Erin and his two siblings didn’t receive much consistency in their lives in the form of discipline, routine, security, or even proper nutrition, for that matter.

My parents were friends with Erin’s parents.  My mom and dad often tried to help Erin’s parents.  Once summer when they came to visit, Erin was having so much fun with my brother, Bill, that he asked if he could spend the night.  Erin and his family lived about two hours away, so my parents agreed to him stay the week and agreed to take him back home the following weekend.

Erin quickly became a part of our family’s routine.  My mom encouraged (ok, MADE) us brush our teeth each morning, put our dirty clothes in the hamper, help set and clear the table at dinner time, help with the dishes.  At bedtime we were to put our pajama’s on, brush our teeth, get a drink of water – and we had a specific bedtime.  My mom quickly realized that Erin was enjoying all of this.  He actually asked her one night, “Is it time to brush our teeth?”  Compared to his unstable environment at home, this very regimented way of life was a welcome and reassuring change for Erin!

Making a Schedule for Your PuppyChildren Need a Routine – and So Do Puppies!

I think the most important thing you can give your puppy (besides love and affection) is consistency.  They need to know what to expect next.  If they have no routine, and everything is different every day, and nothing is ever the same, nothing is ever repeated, nothing is ever regular, then they will be living in chaos and it will result in upset, insecurity, fear, anxiety – whereas regular, consistent routines result in a calm, confident puppy.

Making a Schedule for Your PuppyWhen to Start to Establish a Routine for Your Puppy

The best time to start establishing a daily routine for your puppy is…AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!  As soon as you bring your new puppy home, he should be able to start counting on things.  If you’re consistent, he’ll learn much more quickly what is expected of him, and when.  A routine will also help to establish you as the pack leader (see my article, Best Way to Train Your Dog) – which is crucial to effective training and having a well-behaved dog.

Making a Schedule for Your PuppyEstablish a Regular Feeding Schedule

Having regular feeding times will not only help your puppy to have a sense of security, of knowing his needs will be met (that he won’t go hungry), but it will also help with potty training because his food intake will take place on a regular schedule.  Small puppies should be fed three times per day, then twice a day once they get older.

For more information about feeding your puppy, read my articles:

Feeding Your New Puppy – Proper Puppy Nutrition

Best and Worst Foods for Your Pet

Making a Schedule for Your PuppyMake Potty Times Consistent

Potty training your puppy isn’t always easy, but establishing a schedule for this right from the beginning will definitely help (as will this article, Toilet Training a Puppy).

Always take your puppy to the same place to go potty – ideally a spot in the yard that’s not too close to the house/door/patio.  Never leave your puppy unattended outside when he’s young.  And even when he’s older, make sure you’re keeping an eye out while he’s outside.

Taking your puppy outside first thing in the morning, after each meal, then right before bed is a good habit to get into.  And again, he’ll appreciate the routine and knowing he will be let out again soon.

Most important for potty training – consistency!

Making a Schedule for Your PuppyProvide Play and Exercise Regularly

Playtime and exercise should be a regular part of your puppy’s daily life.  Not only to keep him physically fit, but to aid in his growth and development.  Playtime and exercise will benefit your dog all through his life – from the first few months of life where this time is spent doing things like leash training, basic obedience, etc., – all the way up to his golden years.  Not to mention the added benefit to YOU of it tiring the puppy out so he’ll sleep at night!  LOL

Making a Schedule for Your PuppyEstablish a Consistent Bedtime Routine

You should, as a family, decide where your puppy will sleep, then be consistent with that.  I think once your dog gets older, you can allow him to choose where he’d like to sleep.  Our poodle, Pepi, for example, would take turns sleeping with each of us kids each night.  He’d come into my room, jump on my bed, and sleep a while.  Then he’d jump down, walk down the hall, jump up on my sister’s bed, and sleep with her a while.  Then…you guessed it…he’d leave her room, go to my brother’s room, and sleep with him a while.  Did he ever sleep with my parents?  NO!  My mother would’ve never have allowed a dog on her bed!  LOL

I’ve had an animal of one sort or another in my bed since childhood.  (Go ahead…make the jokes…Ha!)  Seriously, every cat I’ve ever owned has slept in bed with me, and several dogs. I even snuggled up one night in (a twin!) bed with my parents’ Doberman, Nicki.  But when they’re little, you really do have to give them one spot to sleep in, and be consistent in enforcing that.  At their young age, they really need the consistency of sleeping in the same place every night.

The Best Puppy Training Advice

I can’t possibly end this article without telling you about an online dog training website called The Online Dog Trainer, where professional dog trainer, “Doggy Dan” has a video series called, “Project Moses.”  Doggy Dan films himself training his new puppy, Moses, from when he gets him at 8 weeks old, all the way up to when Moses reaches one year old.  Check out this video:

I love Doggy Dan.  If you’d like to see more of the 250+ training videos on The Online Dog Trainer website, CLICK HERE.

In the meantime, enjoy your new puppy!  I personally think dogs are one of the biggest blessings we could ever receive. They’re all joy, and all love.  Be good to him and love him, and your rewards will last a lifetime!

If you have any questions or if you’d like more information, please feel free to comment below (I’ll respond!).  Debra

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The Best Way to Feed a Puppy – Proper Puppy Nutrition

When you first bring your new puppy home, he may not be in love with whatever food you offer him.  He’s likely used to whatever he was being fed at his previous home.  So when you’re feeding your new puppy, don’t be too alarmed if his appetite isn’t huge at first.  If you do know what kind of food he was being given, it is wise to slowly transition to a new food (if you’re changing his food).  By that I mean mixing a little of the new food with the old food – adding more of the new food each day until (after several days) you’re serving only the new food.  This article will provide you with all the information you need about the best way to feed a puppy.

Which Food is Best for Puppies?

Before we get into advice on proper puppy nutrition, I suggest you read my article, Best and Worst Foods for Your PetIt gives great advice from a veterinarian about the different types of foods that are available, and which are best. Also, it’s important to know from the very beginning of being a dog owner what foods can be poisonous for your pet.  You can see a list in my article, Foods That are Poisonous for Dogs and Cats.

How Long Should I Feed Puppy Food?

You should be feeding puppy food for the first year, because puppy foods are specifically formulated to help them grow.  Things to consider when choosing a puppy food are:

Small bites.  Puppy baby teeth aren’t that strong, so puppies need small, not-too-hard food. Consider the size and breed of your dog when choosing what “size” his food should be.

Fresh food.  Fresh puppy foods are available at grocery stores and pet stores.  You can find them in refrigerated display cases.  They contain fresh meats, vegetables, and fruits.  This is super healthy for your dog.  A bit pricey- but worth it if you can afford it.

You should be feeding your pet the best quality food you can afford.  Whatever price range your pet food budget is in, pick the healthiest, best quality brand within that price range.

I strongly believe in serving a MOIST diet not only to puppies, but to adult dogs as well as kittens and cats.  Animals need moisture in their diet.  Serving only dry food can cause a whole host of health problems down the road.

The Best Way to Feed a PuppyBlue Homestyle Recipe Puppy Chicken Dinner

Here’s a recommendation for a healthy, natural, holistic canned puppy food. Canned food is cheaper if you buy it by the case – you can save money by purchasing it HERE. This brand has several flavors.  My mini doxy eats the adult and senior versions of this food and she loves it.  I like it because it’s more moist than other canned dog foods – less sticky and easier for them to swallow.

The Best Way to Feed a PuppyCanidae Puppy Food

Here’s a suggestion for dry puppy food.  I like this one because it’s grain free and has REAL food ingredients.  You’ll save money buying a larger bag HERE. Different flavors, plus smaller size bags are also available.

 

How Often Should I Feed My Puppy?

Puppies should have three meals a day until they’re about 4 or 5 months old.  After that, you can scale back to two meals a day.  Please don’t begin the habit of giving your poor dog one bowl of dry kibble every morning, and nothing else.  Puppies and adult dogs need fuel throughout their day just like we do!  Would you want to be served just one bowl of dry food per day?!  Whatever daily portion is suggested on the package for your dog’s weight, split that in half and serve half in the morning, then half at dinner time. Eating should be an enjoyable part of your pet’s life.  My dog, for example, loves that she’s included at dinner time.  We have our food, and she has hers.  She’s excited and looks forward to dinner each night.

Should I Give My Puppy Vitamins?

Pets benefit from taking a daily multivitamin just like people do.  Give a multivitamin specifically formulated for puppies for the first year, then an adult-dog multivitamin daily thereafter.

The Best Way to Feed a PuppyPro-Sense Daily Vitamin Supplement

Here’s a recommendation for an inexpensive, good quality puppy multivitamin.  My dog likes these – they’re chewable (and I think beef flavored).  Click HERE to purchase.

 

What About Treats?

It’s important to consider what part treats play in your puppy’s daily diet.  First, you should be using treats to train your puppy – see my article, How to Train a Dog With Treats.  So you have to count those treats when you’re considering the amount of food he’s eating.  You don’t want your dog to end up with a weight problem because you’re feeding full servings of his food, plus treats – equaling too many calories by the end of the day.  Healthy ideas for treats are fresh, raw foods like vegetables (baby carrots are a big hit!), and fruits (my dachshund loves blueberries and oranges!) Please don’t buy those pre-packaged, soft treats.  Most contain ingredients that aren’t good for your dog – and some can be downright toxic.  Whole, real food. Stick with that, and you’ll be on the right track.

Don’t Forget About Water!

Most dogs will naturally go to their water dish and drink as often as they need to.  But some dogs, particularly puppies and senior dogs, can get distracted and literally forget to get a drink.  Monitor your pet to make sure he’s visiting the water dish often enough.  Proper hydration is crucial to his overall health and well-being.  Also remember to make sure water is available whenever you’re exercising your dog.  They get thirsty after exercise just like we do!  And of course always make sure your dog has access to plenty of water during hot weather.

Remember to Incorporate Exercise

Just as important as nutrition for the health of your dog, is exercise.  Exercise burns calories, keeps their muscles strong, and keeps them happy and active.  Remember puppies have a super high activity level.  They need you to give them plenty of opportunities for play each day.  Running around in the back yard, playing with the kids, going to the park.  Even tossing a tennis ball around in the living room will help if you don’t have a lot of time.  Getting on the floor to play with the dog has been a part of my life since I was a small child.  My dad would always get on the living room floor to “wrestle” with our German Shepherd.  My siblings and I would get on the floor and play with our Poodle.  I have a friend who regularly played, “Hide ‘n Seek” with his black lab!  Really roll up your sleeves and plunge into play with your dog. Believe me, you’ll be a healthier, happier person your entire life if you do this!

Questions, please!

If you have any question about puppy nutrition, please feel free to comment below (I’ll respond!)  Or, if you have more recommendations and ideas for taking care of our sweet pets, please share!  Debra

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Importance of Socializing a Puppy

The importance of socializing a puppy cannot be overstated. Socializing a new puppy means helping him learn how to interact with people, other dogs, cats, as well as getting used to sounds, sights, smells and environments. The world is a very big place to a tiny little puppy, so it’s all a lot to take in! It’s important for puppy owners to take an active role in socializing a new puppy to ensure not only that your puppy remains safe, but also to ensure the puppy has a healthy understanding of the world around him. How he feels as a puppy – specifically, whether he’s calm and confident, or nervous and scared, will dictate his happiness level for life. Your spending the time to help your new puppy take his place in the world will create a lifelong bond between the two of you and create a happy life for him!

Why is Socializing Your Puppy Important?

Socializing your new puppy will make it far more likely that he will grow into a relaxed, enjoyable dog.  If he is comfortable in a wide variety of situations, he’ll be more likely to behave well and not be fearful or aggressive. It’s much easier to have a dog who is relaxed about things like other dogs, kids, vet visits, and crowds than to have a dog who is fearful of (or worse, aggressive toward) everything. Well-socialized dogs live a much more relaxed, happy, peaceful life than dogs who are always stressed out.

What’s the Best Age for Socializing a New Puppy?

Most people don’t get a puppy until he’s at least six weeks old, unless you happen to be the owner of the mother as well.  Regardless, puppies are most open to new experiences between 3 and 12 weeks old. After about 12 weeks, they tend to become more cautious about new things. After about 18 weeks, it becomes very difficult for them to be comfortable with new things. So the sooner you start, the better!

What’s Involved in Puppy Socialization?

Socializing a new puppy requires exposure to places, experiences, sounds, people, dogs, cats, children…Basically, the puppy needs to be exposed to anything that’s going to become a part of his daily life. Depending on your lifestyle, things your puppy needs to get used to might include children playing, crowds, cats, other dogs, a crying baby, grooming, vet visits, car rides. Consider your own surroundings to create a list of things your puppy will need to get used to. It’s impossible to expose your puppy to absolutely everything he’ll ever come into contact with in his life, but the more basics you cover early on, the easier time he’ll have later getting comfortable with new things.

Making Socialization Comfortable for Your Puppy

The most important thing about socializing a new puppy is making sure that the situation is never overwhelming for him. You’ll need to take ques from your puppy to figure out what he’s comfortable with, and what he’s frightened by.  Some puppies, for example, are fine walking into a huge crowd of new people, but other puppies might need to be introduced to smaller groups, or just one or two new people at a time. Whatever you’re exposing your new puppy to, the trick is to keep a close eye on him and pay attention to how he’s reacting.  And always follow up a new socialization experience with lots of praise and a special treat!

What If My Puppy Gets Scared?

If your puppy appears to be frightened by the socialization activity you’re exposing him to, the best thing to do is slow things down.  For example, if your puppy gets visibly frightened upon approaching a large group of people, back off a little and let him observe the group from afar for a few minutes before approaching. If your puppy seems to be afraid of your larger, adult dog, again, let him keep his distance and observe the other dog before he has to be nose-to-nose with him. The same goes for cats, children – basically anything new.  Let your puppy dictate the pace, and don’t force him to interact until he’s comfortable.  A little nervous is OK, but frightened is not.

Disease Risk and Vaccinations During Early Puppy Socialization

First, to learn about which vaccinations your puppy needs and when he should receive them, read this article, First Time Vet Visit for Your Puppy.  Puppies are not fully protected against diseases if they have not been vaccinated.  Since puppy vaccinations take place over a period of time, it’s important to take steps to ensure your puppy’s safety in the interim.  You can and should start socializing your puppy as early as possible – but at the same time, make sure you’re taking these steps to reduce his risk of infection.

Socialize your puppy with other puppies.  Take advantage of opportunities to socialize your puppy in environments like puppy classes, where the risk of infection is minimized. Puppy socialization classes offer safety in that the puppies are required to have certain vaccinations before entering.  Also, older dogs who could’ve been exposed to certain diseases are not present.

Don’t visit a dog park just yet.  Hold off visiting a dog part until your puppy has received all of his vaccinations. There’s no way to know whether the other dogs at the park are vaccinated or carrying disease.  Wait until your puppy is fully protected.

Stay away from high traffic areas.  Avoid visiting places where infectious diseases are more likely to be present such as dog parks, doggy daycare, common dog walking paths, outdoor festivals, and beaches.

Schedule play time with dogs you know.  Time spent with older, fully-vaccinated dogs is a great way to provide safe socialization for your puppy (but always supervise!)

Carry your puppy.  Hold onto your puppy while you walk around the neighborhood.  This will begin to familiarize him with the sights, sounds and smells of your neighborhood.  He can even get a look at some of the neighbors and their dogs before he’s later expected to interact with them.

Take your puppy to friends’ homes or invite friends over.  This is a safe way for your puppy to begin to get to know people without being exposed to outdoor dangers or other animals just yet.

Puppy Preschool

The reason why I refer to this as Puppy Preschool instead of Puppy Classes or Puppy Training, is because I believe attending a puppy class is a great resource for safe socialization for your new puppy.  However, I don’t believe puppy classes provide enough in-depth training that you’ll need in order to end up with a well-behaved dog in the long run.  Puppy classes will teach you and your puppy some basic obedience skills and get your puppy some experience interacting with other dogs and people. Puppy classes usually include off-leash play and play-fighting, which helps socialize puppies, teaches them to be gentle (don’t bite so hard!), and gets them used to being handled by new people. This is an excellent tool to use early on for socialization.

https://youtu.be/0fbFpP74tWMFor More Advanced Puppy Training

There’s a great resource for puppy owners called, The Online Dog Trainer.  This is a dog training website run by Professional Dog Trainer “Doggy Dan.”  On this website, you’ll find more than 250 step-by-step videos on how to train your dog!  Doggy Dan has a full Puppy Training Series called, “Project Moses,” where he shows weekly videos from the time he gets Moses at 8 weeks all the way up to when Moses is a year old.  This is truly the best, most valuable dog training you’ll ever receive – a professional dog trainer starting with his own brand new puppy! Check out this video:

For More Training Videos by Doggy Dan, CLICK HERE.

 

importance of socializing a puppyMore Help with Socializing a New Puppy

We all know Cesar Millan from the TV shows, “The Dog Whisperer,” and “Cesar 911.”  I love this guy! Cesar has put together a great DVD in his Essentials of Dog Behavior Series, called “Socialization,” where he shows you exactly how dogs socialize and how to avoid unwanted behavior.  Check it out HERE.

 

Importance of Socializing a PuppyAlso check out Cesar’s website, Cesar’s Way. You’ll love it!

Final Thoughts

Socializing your puppy is essential for his development into a happy, relaxed, well-behaved dog. Your life will be so much easier in the long run if your dog is relaxed with strangers, gets along well with people, children and other dogs, and if he adapts easily to new things. Socializing your puppy gives him the best chance to grow into a dog who is comfortable in his environment and enjoys his life.  I hope you enjoyed this article, and I hope you enjoy your new puppy! Please comment below with any questions or puppy socialization ideas of your own!

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