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Guide To Diagnosing And Treating Dog
Dog Health Problems
one of the most important people in your dog's life. You should
choose your veterinarian just as you select your own doctor..
Dog Health Emergencies
an emergency or an accident, you can
reduce your dog’s immediate pain.......
a number of pet grooming
methods that can be used to groom your dog ....
Your Puppy To Come
Teaching a young puppy to come
when called starts off perfectly. The puppy learns his name and that
people use it when they want to give him something fabulous like dinner
or a new toy, so he comes running. Well, he soon learns it is not a
perfect world. He may hear his name called to come in from outdoors
just when he is having fun or while enjoying a nap.
The biggest, the number one mistake people make with this command is to
say “Come!" when there is no possible way to enforce it. The puppy only
has to disobey a few times when he hears "Come!" and you have taught
him (and he has learned) that he has an option. He can come, or not.
Never give him that choice. Only call "Come" if the puppy is on his way
into your outstretched arms, or on leash so you can guide him toward
you. That rule is in effect until your adult dog is "proofed" (tested
by numerous and diverse distractions) at about two years of age. And to
be honest, with lots of dogs, it is a lifetime rule.
The second biggest mistake is to call the puppy to come to you and then
scold him. Children are guilty of doing this, so be sure that they
understand they must never do it to their puppy. If you catch your pet
being naughty, you go to him. If he was up to no good and you come upon
the scene of the crime even one minute later, it is too late to scold
or punish a dog. Just never say, "Come" if you are angry.
Your tone of voice will tell him not to come, not to come anywhere near
you; you have set him up to disobey you. So say "Come" when he is
happily trotting toward you, or when you have him on leash a few feet
in front of you and can guide him to you if he is distracted. Until he
is older and much better educated, call the puppy with just his name.
When he responds and is racing toward you, then get in a "Come good
dog" as quickly as you can say it.
Always use a happy voice, crouch down, open your arms wide, smile, and
when your puppy is on his way, say "Come!" If you have been having
trouble getting a prompt response, have a treat ready. Another way to
encourage a puppy to come to you is to pretend to run the other way. As
the pup comes after you, stop, turn and say, "Come!" (Smile, treat or
pat.) It is the irresistible game of chase and puppies love it!
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Puppy To Come