Toys and beds they can call their own is a great way to start good habits...
Toys for learning interaction, see the lil wagon and Agility type tunnel...
Training your puppy, this page is always in progress. Remember dogs learn by repeating commands and signals, keep your lessons short like 10 minutes a few times a day. Of course they are treat motivated, along with lots of praise...
Took my precious lil puppy to the family Xmas, making new friends with the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Mittens. She liked her lil Holiday bed, good for napping and not underfoot while I was cooking.
Happy Holiday's to you and yours, my lil Cavalier furchild on my Niece Chloe's lap, on her right is my Nephew Garrett then Nephew Brody. Good idea with the basket as this is her first trip to town. Not so much worry of her jumping off or having an accident on my sister couch :)
Here's my sister Candace, walking Chanel with the big proud new Cavalier owner smile. Chanel we had spayed and is going to live with her and her son Brody and husband Tony. She took them for a lil potty break, and is carring Brighton back in with a lil blanket to get her dry. My niece Chloe loves the puppies also, it was my suprise to her for Holiday spirit as her momma is alergic to critters. When she goes to college we'll get her a puppy....
Teaching to play well with others, yes we have kitties here also. lol
The Payne Family, "Dora" on right adorable Cardigan Welsh Corgi on the right. & Red headed Tri male Pembroke pup, funny he is from sister Suz's kennel. Absolute Corgi's. They both graduated from Puppy Obedience Classes. Many thanks Angela and John for cheering us on at the dogs shows and taking best of care to our furkids....
Puppies can make great companions for all ages, take the time to teach your kids the correct handling procedures. Insure confidience in your puppy and your child by good training habits right from the start...
These are a few of the top puppy articles found on this site, many more for you and your companion.
Expert behaviourists say you can begin training your little one as early as seven weeks old, providing your sessions are presented as gentle play. Give him a few days to adjust to his new life with you, then begin. Remember that puppies have very short attention spans, so you'll want to school your pet for only a few minutes per lesson. That said, you can try mini-sessions several times per day. When your pup is between four and six months of age, you can begin formal obedience lessons. A few pointers:
Whenever possible, try to arrange the situation so your pup can't fail. For example, throw only one ball into the backyard and ask him to "fetch the ball." (Giving him access to several toys at once would add too many variables to the game.)
Bribery does wonders. Reward desired behaviours with praise, food and toys.
Be consistent. If you don't want Zeus to jump on neighbors in greeting, don't let him jump on you either when you walk in the front door. Also, use the same simple words or phrases for the same specific behaviours.
As anyone who has tried to rein in a crotch-sniffer will tell you, your pooch must be able to respond to a handful of basic commands instantly. Here are a few that might get you out of an embarrassing (or an emergency) situation:
Off/No Jumping: Back up when you see your pup coming towards you and say "Off!" or "No jumping!" Reward him when his feet are planted on the ground.
In Your Crate/Kennel: Present your pet with a treat, then put it in his kennel while saying "Kennel!" (or "Go to bed!"). When he goes inside, praise him, but don't shut the door yet. Practice this scenario, then begin closing the door, rewarding him with a treat through the bars. Gradually extend the time in the crate. (A word of caution: If he whimpers, don't let him out, as that rewards the behaviour.) When you do open the door for good, don't do cartwheels. You don't want coming out to be better than going in.
Speak: Show the puppy a treat and say "Speak!" (You may have to actually bark yourself so that he gets the idea. Do this inside so your neighbors don't think you've gone to the dogs.) Once he barks, praise him.
Quiet: After Zeus masters barking, really get him going. Then, suddenly bring your finger to your lips and say "Quiet!" He will likely be startled and immediately stop barking. Reward him effusively.
Give: To help avoid unwanted aggression and guarding behaviour, teach your puppy to hand over his toys and food. Begin by offering him a toy-for-food trade. Say "Give!" as you make the exchange.
Get it/leave it: Leash your dog and go for a walk. Toss a treat in front of him and say "Get it!" Once he masters this concept, try asking him to "Leave it!" Drop the treat. When he goes for it, gently bop him on the nose while saying "Leave it!" Make a game out of "getting" and "leaving".
Sit: Place a treat in front of Zeus then gently move it upwards over his head. He'll raise his head to follow your hand and, in the process, lower his rump. Push his hindquarters down to the ground with your free hand while saying "Sit!"
Lay: Present your pet with a treat then lower it to the ground while saying "Lay!" Try gently guiding his shoulders to the floor. Give the reward when he lies down, even if it is only momentarily.
Stay: Have your pup sit down. Back away from him a few steps while saying "Stay!" then praise him for doing just that. After a split second, reward him. Always praise him while he is still waiting, not after he gets up so that he will associate the word with the correct action.
Come: Carry treats with you throughout the day and randomly call to your pup using his name, "Mr. Bean, come!" When he races to you, reward him.
Training your puppy can be a hugely rewarding enterprise for the both of you. Not only will your pet be manageable at home, but in public when you happen to run into your boss who, by the way, is terrified of dogs. Compliments of Eukanuba
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Feeding Your Small-Breed Puppy
We know now that small-breed pups have different nutritional needs than do bigger dogs. That's because they have faster metabolisms and reach maturity quicker. This means they need higher levels of protein, fat, calcium and phosphorus to support growth and development of bones, muscles and other tissues. Moreover, their mouths and tummies are dainty, so their meals must come in the form of a petite kibble. Whether or not you chose to feed your small-breed with a silver spoon is up to you. Whatever you do, be sure to consider the benefits of a perfectly designed puppy food like Eukanuba before serving her.
The nutritionists behind Eukanuba know that puppies need twice as much energy as adult dogs. That's why they pack their special formulas for small-breeds with high-quality ingredients including:
Antioxidants, including beta-carotene and vitamin E (to strengthen the immune system)
Fiber such as beet pulp
Digestible carbohydrates such as barley and grain sorghum, (these release energy more slowly following a meal than conventional grains)
Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids (to support skin and coat health)
The Feeding Schedule
Some small-breeds enjoy classical music. Others have come to enjoy jazz. Whatever her taste, make sure mealtimes also include kibble 2-3 times per day from the time she's weaned until about four months of age. Then, she's graduated to dog food and only breakfast and dinner should suffice. Please note that fresh water should always be made available to quench her thirst.
Whatever your treasure's lineage, you'll do right by her if you feed her Eukanuba. She's your best friend and deserves nothing less. Besides, who else would keep the secret that the Burberry handbag she's riding around in is a faux? Compliments of Eukanuba
Little girl going to town with momma, all set in the front seat.
What a happy girl... wag tail wag.. *(Plz notice the waterdish, add a little ice for those hot days, quite refreshing.).
So she has all the makings of a fun day, as she munches her doggie bait.... yum yum yum...
35 Ways to Make Your Puppy Happy
"It's a dog's life," the saying goes, but you can make your little one's life even richer. Here are some ideas:
Plan playtime. Make a date with your puppy each and every day to help socialize him. Race him to the park, or recite poetry. You choose. He will bask in your undivided attention no matter what you do.
Take a road trip. He'll love riding shotgun to the ice cream store, the post office or to pick up bagels. Roll down the window so he gets a bit of a breeze on the way there.
Cuddle up. Even if your spouse hates tearjerkers, we're sure your puppy will embrace them. He also won't keep track of how many Kleenex you use.
Hit the water. Nearly every breed of dog loves H20, so prance through puddles, leap into lakes or race through a river.
Give him a bath. After all that wading in the stinky pond down the street, give him a nice bubble bath with specially formulated puppy shampoo.
Beat the heat. Exercise with your pup in the early morning hours and enjoy that sunrise you've missed the past few years.
Walk, walk, walk. To the grocery store. To your neighbor's house. To the elementary school to pick up your kids. You'll be surprised what a good time you'll both have smelling life's roses.
Do a dance. Your puppy loves your moves — no matter how lame they are. Crank up Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy," clip a leash on him and pretend you are at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
Teach him a new trick. Start with fetch and move right on up to cleaning the garage and doing taxes.
Tell him about your boss. Or your boyfriend. And everything in between. You puppy will gladly listen to your dish — and he promises never to tell.
Snap his mug. You might not be William Wegman, but you'll both have a ball doing a photo shoot.
Check out your local breed club. You'll learn more about your puppy and meet new friends — for both of you.
Register with AKC or CKC. You've put in a lot of work teaching your pup to mind (and you've already practiced on the cat walk — see tip #8), so go ahead and make things official.
Learn to speak Puppy. He is, after all, learning to speak English at your behest. The least you can do is to take time to study his body language so that you know how he's feeling.
Bring a blankie. Make your vacation easier on him by leaving him with a lovey when you kennel him.
Let him sniff. Your life isn't so busy that you can't let him take an extra-long whiff at the fire hydrant. Such olfactory communication is essential for puppies learning about the world.
Tag him. Millions of puppies are lost each year. Make sure yours isn't one of them by updating his charms religiously.
Get him fixed. Animals who've had The Operation lead longer, healthier lives. Plus, you'll be doing your part to curb overpopulation.
Let him chew. Yes, it can be a pain, but it is also developmentally appropriate for puppies. Quit complaining and purchase high-quality chews at pet specialty stores then let him have at it.
Skip the scraps. Feeding puppies table food might seem like a good idea, but such morsels lead to obesity, intestinal problems, choking and hyperactivity. Instead, feed him a perfectly balanced diet from a well-known brand like Eukanuba. He'll enjoy the taste and you'll know you're giving him the right nutrients.
Say so long to sweets. Even though she's part of your family, Fiona does not need her own Easter basket. In fact, desserts like chocolate can seriously harm puppies. If you must nestle something in that pink grass, bury bones or toys.
Feed to size. Pups have different nutritional needs based on their projected weight as adults. Eukanuba tweaks its formulas to meet the specific demands of small-, medium- and large-breed puppies so that you don't have to play dietician.
Don't overfeed. Yes, it's true that puppies burn twice the energy of adult dogs, but that doesn't mean they need twice the food. Feed "smart" by giving your puppy a nutrient-dense meal that allows his body to make the best use of the calories eaten. (Yes, our formulas do that, too!)
Keep it fresh. Always dump the water in your pup's bowl before each meal is served (and between meals, if necessary), then scrub the dish. Even one stray morsel of food can make the supply taste funny. Without water, your pup could get dehydrated quickly.
Brush-a, brush-a. Daily dental care can prevent gum disease, tooth loss and doggie breath. It can even lengthen your dog's life. (No, we don't know of a product like Crest Whitestrips for dogs. Call us if you find one.)
Get on your vet's calendar. Ensure your puppy has regular check-ups. This will afford his doc the opportunity to get a baseline on his health.
Take him in if he's sick. It is unfair to make a helpless puppy "wait it out" if he's ill. Besides, what you conclude is "nothing" could actually turn out to be something. In which case, you'll want to get a treatment immediately.
Give him a "petacure." Clip his claws regularly, or ask your vet to do it for you. Keeping them too long could result in discomfort for puppies (not to mention the havoc it'll wreak on your hardwoods).
Give him an earful. Puppies are susceptive to several ear issues including mites and infections. Ask his doc how to carefully swab his ears, then do so regularly.
Banish fleas. Get your pup on a regular anti-flea regime as soon as possible to avoid a case of the itchies.
Puppy-proof your home. Crawl around on your hands and knees to make sure electrical wires are beyond reach. Move breakables up high; tuck treasures into closets until Pup can be trusted.
Post "In Case of Emergency" numbers. Tape important phone numbers next to your land line including your vet's information in case of an emergency. Include in the list any allergies your pup might have and the names of medications he is taking.
Take time to train. An unmannered puppy can turn into a nightmarish dog if you don't invest energy in helping him learn to mind.
Be gentle. Never hit, threaten, frighten or force-train your puppy. Such strategies might result in a change of behavior, but it won't be the kind you're after. If you need a timeout from your pup, take one. Remind yourself that you are the grown-up — you should act like one.
Enjoy your puppy. With all that goes into raising a pup, it is easy to forget to simply be with him. After all, in a few short months, you'll be missing this phase — chewing and all.