Puppy love

2016-10-19 06:00

IT is important says Greytown dog expert Brenda Munitich, to train your new young four-legged friend and gives the following advice on, first of all, house training then getting the pup used to a lead and collar:

House training

• The natural tendency is for the puppy to use the same spot as a toilet area. Decide where you want the puppy to have his toilet area – then take him there frequently especially after he has something to eat or drink.

• Reward him if he uses the spot by talking to him and playing with him for a while. If you watch your puppy you can generally tell when he wants to relieve himself. There is a sense of urgency about his movements and he may follow a circling and sniffing pattern. Lift him up and take him to his toilet area. Reward him if he does as expected.

• Harsh punishment for accidents will cause lasting harm as it is likely to confuse the puppy. If you catch him in the act then pick him up by the scruff of his neck – as his mother would – and take him outside to his spot.

Lead and collar

• Get your puppy used to a collar and lead. The best time to slip a collar on is after he has eaten.

• The collar must be very light and not loose enough to allow him to slip a paw inside it.

• At first only let him wear it when you can keep an eye on him. Take it off if you go away.

• Don’t leave the collar on at night in the beginning. It can strangle him if it gets hooked up.

• Once he is used to the collar put a light lead on him. He may struggle at first and brace his feet and shake his head.

• Do not punish him and try to entice him with a treat – a small piece of sausage or meat.

• Another way is to put the lead on when he is keen to eat – at mealtimes.

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