General Tips for Managing your Puppy
 
Your puppy will repeat any behaviour that it receives positive attention for, also known as a reward (eg praise, food, a toy, affection). They generally will not repeat a behaviour that they receive no attention/reward for or when an appropriate correction is given consistently.
Take your puppy everywhere – If you want a calm, confident, social dog then you need to expose your puppy to a variety of experiences, eg. machinery, public places, noises, different people and other dogs. Keep your puppy on a lead, praise positive responses and always leave with your puppy displaying positive body language. An isolated puppy will grow up into a fearful dog, so put the time in now.
Make your puppy work for its food, toy or affection by asking them to perform a command such as ‘Sit’ or ‘Down’.
Maintain a stable routine with your puppy that includes daily physical and mental exercise, eg. a lead walk in the morning and some training work in the afternoon.
Always enter/exit rooms before your dog, emphasizing to them that you are the leader.
Walk with your puppy on a lead next to or behind you.
Always give calm but confident corrections, as directed. If in doubt seek advice from a vet or pet behaviourist.
 
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