Tip of the Week!

Rat terrier puppy, Clan Clark's Sir Odin.

Your puppy looks to you for direction and safety.

Here’s your “Tip of the Week” :

Leash walk every day…
Take your puppy out for a leash walk every day. Walking with your puppy on a leash is the best way for you to set up a wonderful relationship with your puppy. You have a responsibility to be in control of where you go, how fast and when to stop, so your puppy will get in the habit of following your lead. As you walk more often with your puppy he will start to look to you for direction and security.

This ‘Tip’ was taken from the home page of the website “Train Your New Puppy.” There is a LOT of reasons to take your dog or puppy for a walk on a leash every day.
One of the best is, it tires them out so you are less likely to have chewing, nipping or general nuisance issues.
They will also come to see you as ‘the one in charge’, so they will look to you for direction if things get a bit challenging for them.
Your puppy’s training will become a lot easier when you develop a routine of walking every day. Walking builds a good report with you and your  pup or dog.

Make your leash walks FUN for you and your puppy. Walk at a brisk pace, keep your eyes up and on the landscape. Walk with confidence! You confidence will travel down the leash to your pup and give him what he needs to accept some of the new and scary things you may meet during his walks and training.

 

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As always…if you have a new puppy…or if you know someone who does…or if you want to learn more about puppies…check out my website!
Go to: www.trainyournewpuppy.com

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It’s Almost Spring!

Odin in the clover

“Odin” in the clover

It’s Almost Spring!

And that means, for some parts of the country, it is almost “bug” season.

Here in Minnesota we have mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, flies and mites…during the Spring, Summer and Fall months…who LOVE to make your pets bodies their personal meal or hovel. In other parts of the country they have to fight these pests off all year round, which can be a daunting task.

There are different ways you can address the insect pests that are in you region or area. One of your best options is to go to your vet and ask her what pests are in your area and the most effective means of keeping your pet pest free. Another option is too do your own research into what others in your area do for their pets. Sometimes you will find knowledgeable people in your area like trainers or breeders who are willing to share their information and results with you.

If you are against using poisons on or in your pet, you may want to resort to a more holistic form of defense. There are non chemical alternatives out there. Some of these alternatives are based on the “old ways”, meaning things that people used before the big pharmaceutical companies came along. Others are based on newer knowledge and research that has come from holistic minded vets and people from all over the world.

In my own personal research and use for my pets I have found, as a general rule, that the more holistic, ‘home remedies’ or treatments are more labor intensive for the person involve but they are MUCH easier on the pets involved. Another observation is that these more holistic treatments do not work instantly like some of the chemical treatments do. It usually takes more applications and more of a commitment on the part of the person to stick with the treatment until it works for the pet.

Which ever method you choose to pursue, I wish you well in keeping your pet ‘pest free’ for this coming bug season. Make your choices well with your pet and your own capabilities in mind.

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As always…if you have a new puppy…or if you know someone who does…or if you want to learn more about puppies…check out my website!
Go to: www.trainyournewpuppy.com

 

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What To Do When It’s COLD Outside?

(An Excerpt from a new article on the website: Train Your New Puppy)

What To Do When It’s COLD Outside?

It is January 23 and it is COLD outside! I’ve notice a lot of questions on social media asking about what to do with our pups during the coldest part of winter so they don’t get too bored and unruly. If you have a short haired dog or a pup that just doesn’t like to be out in the snow or cold, you have to find an outlet for those pent up energies that come along with not getting out for the normal walks and play times. Depending on the age & training level your pup is at you have a few options when working indoors.

"Mental exercise tires a dog physically more than physical exercise does." - Dr. Ian Dunbar

Here are a few things you can do indoors with your pup to keep his mind occupied and help tire him out.

1) Basic Training! Yes! Training is one of the very best activities you can do with a young puppy. Work on the basics like sit, down, come and stay. Have short training sessions, (3 to 5 minutes), with your pup all throughout the day to get him solid on the basic commands. You can do these short sessions 5 or 6 times or more in a day and your pup will improve drastically in his understanding of what you want from him. You can include all of the basics or you can choose to work on mainly one of them.
For example you may want to work on your young pups ‘down stay’. Start by having him stay in his ‘down’ for just a few seconds, release and praise. Gradually extend the time you have him stay until he can stay for a minute or longer. When your pup seems good on the ‘stay’ for a nice length of time you can then work on walking away from him, asking him to stay while you walk into another room or any number of distractions.

Clan Clarks Lady Vanessa

Nessa on her first balance beam. Isn’t she a cutie? You can build something like this indoors too!

2) Agility! Yes..agility! You can build a fun and ever changing agility course right in your own home! You just have to get creative in your thinking to come up with fun ideas for you and your pup. After you have taught your pup a few activities you can string the all together and run an indoor agility course!
A few ideas are:
Running stairs.
Get Up.
Balance Beam.
Tunnel.
( Click here to read more… )

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As always…if you have a new puppy…or if you know someone who does…or if you want to learn more about puppies…check out my new website! Go to: www.trainyournewpuppy.com

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Baby It’s COLD Outside!

Rat terriers with coats on.With the super cold temperatures we have been getting across the nation, we need to think about our dogs and puppies who have short hair and/or single coats. A sweater or coat to help keep their core warm will help keep them comfortable while the weather is very cold. You can purchase coats and sweaters at pet stores or over the internet. You will want to be very careful about measuring for size for your pup though. Some will fit better than others depending on you dogs breed, body type and size.
There are a lot of options out there from lightweight hoodies to full on winter gear that you can choose from for your dog. If you are very active outside in the winter you may want to invest in a nice warm winter jacket for your pup. If your pup only goes out to “do his business” and comes right back in, you may just need a sweater to pop on before he goes out. The options are endless!
Keep them warm this winter!

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As always…if you have a new puppy…or if you know someone who does…or if you want to learn more about puppies…check out my new website! Go to: www.trainyournewpuppy.com

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Great Information!

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What WONDERFUL information this is for dog owners!
I’m not sure if Dr. Ian Dunbar, (Veterinarian & founder of Sirius Dog Training), actually said this but it is a true statement that can help when dealing with puppies or very active dogs. Make playing mind games as well as physical activity part of you and your dogs daily/weekly routine and you will both be happier and calmer.

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As always…if you have a new puppy…or if you know someone who does…or if you want to learn more about puppies…check out my new website! Go to: www.trainyournewpuppy.com

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Christmas Check for Poisons in Your House

Decker Rat Terrier "Duncan" in his Santa hat

Decker Rat Terrier “Duncan” in his Santa hat

 

For the holiday season you may want to be a bit more vigilant about poisons in your house if you have a new puppy. The tendency for a puppy to eat everything in sight is well known.
Holly and evergreen trees may not agree with your pup if he eats them…as well as candles, candy and light bulbs from the tree.
Follow this link to look at a few common things that are poisonous to our canine companions:
http://trainyournewpuppy.com/pup…/do-you-have-poison-plants/

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As always…if you have a new puppy…or if you know someone who does…or if you want to learn more about puppies…check out my new website! Go to: www.trainyournewpuppy.com

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Getting A Puppy For Christmas?

Clan Clark's Sir Odin with Christmas lights.

I wanted to post a reminder as we go into the holiday season… some are thinking about getting a puppy or kitten for a gift for themselves or a loved one. PLEASE, please…Do your research!

If at all possible, do your research BEFORE you buy your puppy. Take the time to research what breed is a good fit for you and/or your family. Then find a reputable breeder of the breed you have chosen. Ask questions, visit, talk on the phone, ask more questions, find out all you can so you will be prepared for the next 2 years of puppy antics and the next 10 to 16 years of dog ownership. Please, DO NOT buy from a pet store or from someone who has a dog that just “got pregnant.” Without knowing the breeder or the puppy’s parents you are setting yourself up for a lot of possible problems…pet stores buy their puppies from puppy brokers who get them from puppy mills. You can avoid many health issues and temperament problems by getting you new puppy from someone who really LOVES the breed you are interested in.

If you would rather get your pup from a rescue, instead of a breeder, that can be a good option too…but…AGAIN…PLEASE…do your research!
It is an unfortunate fact that there are getting to be more and more ‘rescues’ out there who are getting, buying or taking dogs from puppy mills and private parties just to resell them under the guise of being a ‘rescue’. This type of action makes a LOT money for them AND keeps the puppy mills in business!

Be very careful when you are choosing your family’s companion for the next 10 to 15 years.

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As always…if you have a new puppy…or if you know someone who does…or if you want to learn more about puppies…check out my new website! Go to: www.trainyournewpuppy.com

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Thanksgiving Food Choices for Dogs

Rat terriers sitting up pretty

Can WE have some turkey? P L E A S E ???!?

 

With Thanksgiving coming up around the corner, here is a reminder for us all to be ‘food’ careful for our puppies and other pets.
Feeding turkey, ham, gravy and sweets are not good food options for our beloved pets. It is much better to be prepared for the holidays by purchasing or making some ‘special’ treats just for them for this time of year.
Some homemade options would be dehydrated meats or oven dried sweet potatoes.
If you are buying treats, go ahead and splurge a bit for the holidays. Go ahead and get those treats that your pup LOVES but that you don’t normally purchase because of the cost.
Your puppy will be healthier and you may even avoid a trip to the vet for your pup.

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As always…if you have a new puppy…or if you know someone who does…or if you want to learn more about puppies…check out my new website! Go to: www.trainyournewpuppy.com

 

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It’s Deer Hunting Season! Be Careful Out There!

We are right in the middle of the deer hunting season for this year. If you take your pup for walks out in the woods or anywhere near a deer hunting location…please wear blaze orange for your own safety. And if your pup is off leash at any time, make sure that he has some blaze orange visible too!

We made this collar add-on for our pup for hunting season. Just slip it over the regular collar and away you go!

Rat terrier with blaze orange collar

Nessa with her blaze orange slip collar on.

 

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As always…if you have a new puppy…or if you know someone who does…or if you want to learn more about puppies…check out my new website! Go to: www.trainyournewpuppy.com

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Is your puppy possessive with toys or food?

Is your puppy possessive with toys or food?
Practice this:
Trade *up* for some GREAT treat, toy or a chunk of cheese or meat. Eventually she will know that when you take something away she will get something better…she will happily give you her bone for a chunk of tasty meat!
Start with things that she is not as possessive about and work up to food, bones or whatever she is possessive about.
Practice, practice, practice…short lessons, many times per day.

This is an EXCELLENT video for training your dog or puppy the ‘Drop’ command.

 

Have FUN with your training sessions! The more you *play* with your dog in ways that incorporate training for what you want…the more your dog will DO what you want! Enjoy!

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As always…if you have a new puppy…or if you know someone who does…or if you want to learn more about puppies…check out my new website! Go to: www.trainyournewpuppy.com

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