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The New Puppy IV
updated: Aug 06, 2011, 8:24 AM

By Sheila Murray

So, hopefully, the housebreaking is going okay and you are getting into a routine with your new, little love. Always, try to stay positive with him/her and give more positive confirmation instead of saying: NO!! all the time. It is so easy to fall into that pattern. On the other hand, you don't want to give him/her praise that is not deserved. As I have said before: "I am very big on kennel-training your puppy". It is very good down -time for a puppy and is a place of quiet and safety in his mind. This is just so important. I do use meat treats to bribe a puppy to love his kennel. I only use meat treats when I am training; such as, Vienna sausages, chicken, or anything that you might have had for dinner that you can give him in small pieces. I never use any manufactured treats that usually have terrible things in them for dogs. Many of the puppy treats have molasses in them which will give your puppy a stomach ache. And, many dogs are allergic to peanuts. Don't give your puppy things that a monkey might eat or that a bird might eat. Keep it simple and you will have a very healthy puppy for doing so.

I had a puppy, once, who loved baby socks. She, actually, ate four of them at once and threw them up on my bedroom rug in the middle of the night. I was SO pleased!!!

The puppy that I have now, Phoebe, likes to eat electrical cords; so, all my furniture has boxes and pillows under them to keep her from getting to the cords. I keep testing her by leaving an electrical extension cord (NOT plugged in) in the middle of the floor. If she still chews it; after being scolded for doing so; then, I know she isn't ready for me to remove the boxes and pillows. OY!!!

Professional dog trainer, Sheila Murray, has been training dogs for the better part of her life. Her training focuses on creating mutual cooperation to provide harmony in the home between owner and animal. "Animals trust me and I love them for their beauty, honesty and individuality." Sheila offers her amazing in-home dog training from Malibu to Santa Barbara. For more information, visit Sitting Pretty.

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