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Puppy Toys

Puppies chew.  If you don’t want your pup to chew on your stuff, you need to get him his own stuff to chew on.  Puppies chew for different reasons:  first, dogs use their mouths to explore their environment.  Second, puppies go through teething stages and when they do, chewing  makes their mouths feel better.  Third, chewing to a dog is like a good book or movie to you – it is enjoyable for it’s own sake, a great way to pass the time...

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The Importance of Consistency

Puppies are cute and adorable, let’s face it who doesn’t love puppies! But raising a well behaved puppy is a lot of hard work, and as you have a short period of time before your cute puppy becomes an unruly teenager, you need to lay down the ground rules fast...

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Crate Training

The crate is an invaluable training tool. It will keep both your pup and your possessions safe while your dog is learning what is expected of him. Dogs are den animals so the environment that a crate creates is a comforting and cozy one. Crates are extremely beneficial while teaching your pup his house training skills; dogs are very clean animals and won’t soil where they sleep, so keeping his crate space small will help in house training...

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Communicating with your Dog

Most behavior problems with your dog are the direct result of failing communication. Dogs are not human and they don’t speak English, so you need to incorporate an effective communication system that allows you to teach your dog the rules of the household. If you don’t have an effective way of communicating, then how do you expect your dog to understand and learn what behavior is expected...

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Puppy Vaccination and Socialization Should Go Together

Common questions I receive from puppy owners, dog trainers and veterinarians concern:  1) what is the most favorable age or period of time when puppies learn best?  2)  what are the health implications of my advice that veterinarians and trainers should offer socialization programs for puppies starting at 8 to 9 weeks of age?..

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