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Appendix: Socialization Table

The more positive experiences your puppy will have with humans, animals, objects, and noises, the less fearful he will be and the more stable his personality will be. Add a reward to any new encounter in the first few months

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Appendix: Sample Work Week with a New Puppy

Day 1: Morning: Use your puppy’s breakfast to teach him not to jump. Socialization – take your puppy to the local kindergarten and give him treats when he sees the children playing – do this for 5 minutes. Evening: Play

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Chapter 3.5: No Jumping Please

Dogs jump on people for several reasons. Most of the times their intentions are friendly as they try to greet the person or play with the person. While puppies who jump on people are rather cute, a large adult dog

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Chapter 3.4: Barking

Birds sing, cows moo, birds meow, people talk, and dogs…..bark. Barking is a normal behavior that allows dogs to communicate with the world around them. This is how dogs show fear, excitement, worry, danger, and more. Expecting a dog to

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Chapter 3.3: Chewing

Most dog owners have experienced the loss of a valuable object to their dog’s curious mouth at one point or another. If you have a dog for years, chances are this will happen to you as well. Dogs chew things;

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Chapter 3.2: Crate Training

The crate is a great training tool. When used correctly, it operates as a management and prevention tool for several behavior problems including house soiling and destructive chewing. When used correctly, the crate becomes your dog’s home and a place

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Chapter 3.1: House Training

The first thing every new puppy owner wants is that his/her puppy will stop urinating and defecating in the house. This is a very natural request for humans but dogs, as long as they don’t have to soil their beds,

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Chapter 2.4.4: Puppy Exercise & Play

Exercise and play are probably the most forgotten prevention tools. Dogs need outlets for their stored energy (some more than others). If we fail to give our dogs legitimate ways to use their energy like lots of outdoor activities and

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Chapter 2.4.2: Preventing Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety can be a difficult behavior problem to deal with. In extreme situations, this problem can be one of the hardest to live with. Separation anxiety manifests itself in various behavioral patterns such as whining, barking, chewing doors and

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Chapter 2.4: Preventing Behavior Problems

Behavior problems are always easier to prevent than to solve. Setting your dog up for success and letting him adjust to his environment can prevent many problems that can occur when a dog is left to learn everything by himself.

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Chapter 2.3: Bite Inhibition

Dogs use their mouths. It is their tool for doing almost everything. The sooner we realize that, the sooner we are able to accept it and understand how to manage it. As puppies grow up they experiment with their mouths.

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Chapter 2.2: Handling

In direct continuation to socialization comes handling. The term handling refers amount of physical touch and restraint the dog can withstand without showing signs of discomfort or aggression. Every dog should be able to absorb and tolerate human handling to

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Chapter 2.1: Socialization

Socialization is by far the most important thing you can do for your dog in her first few months in life. Socialization refers to a process in which your puppy is exposed to the customs, noises, people, animals, and everything

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