by Deb Duncan (and guest authors)
The articles in this section cover some of the basic training issues when you get a puppy or an adult dog who has not had much training. These are the items that a dog should know to allow him to fit comfortably into the typical home and be considered well-mannered.
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BASIC TRAINING ARTICLES|
Many dogs bark more than their humans (and their neighbors) would like. This will help you modify that natural behavior.
* BRINGING HOME PUPPY OR NEW DOG
What to do to prepare and then to bring the new dog into your home.
Puppies Chew! And many older dogs who were never allowed to have a true puppyhood chew also. This article will help you direct that behavior to safe places.
While this article addresses Westies specifically, much of the information fits all breeds of dogs and their relationships with children.
The universal complain from new dog parents must be, "My dog doesn't come when I call!" Deb helps you teach your dog to "come" happily.
* CRATE TRAINING
Crates provide the dog a safe, private place to go when he wants time alone. It is his personal "cave". A dog who is properly introduced to the crate will love you for giving him this wonderful, private spot.
Dogs dig. Some dogs dig a lot more than others. This, too, is a natural trait which can be modified so that you can coexist happily.
* HOUSE TRAINING-GENERAL
All puppies require house training. Here is how it is done.
* ADULT HOUSETRAINING
Many adult dogs require house training. This often includes rescue dogs and dogdogs who are rehomed for other reasons. It also includes dogs who were never totally housebroken as puppies.
* HOUSETRAINING - OTHER ISSUES
This article addresses other house soiling situations and related topics.
* LEG LIFTING
This article discusses the problem of leg lifting by both boys and girls.
Puppys use their mouths to explore the room. But they eventually have to grow beyond this stage. You can help them do this.
*PUPPY AND FEET
Puppies react to moving feet. This will help you deal with this issue.
To leash or not to leash???
*BITES, NIPS, BITE INHIBITION, PUPPY MOUTH
This article addresses the subject of puppy bites, nips, bite inhibition and puppy mouth issues; it also addresses these issues in adult dogs.
The simple "shake can" is a powerful tool.