Adopting a dog is an amazing experience. Not only are you saving a life but you are gaining a best friend for many years to come.
It doesn't get much better than that.
Along with adopting a dog, you are also adopting their behaviors. If you have a young puppy, you are getting a clean slate. If you adopt an older dog, there may be some behaviors that you will need to change.
In regards to a puppy, paper training is the first step. Depending on age, puppies may be too young to go outside and will need to be paper trained first. This is relatively easy but does require patience.
To train your dog to go to the bathroom outside, regularly take him for walks or let him in the yard. If he has an accident in the house, immediately take him outside. The more times you do this, the sooner he will learn what is expected of him.
Training is a must for all dogs and puppies who are old enough to learn, which is usually around 7 weeks for basic commands. Many people choose to take their dogs to obedience classes or hire a professional for one on one instruction. Either way, teaching your dog basic commands is a must.
The top commands every dog should learn are: Sit, Come, Down, Stay and Leave It.
These commands will keep your dog safe if they jump the fence and head into a busy traffic area. They are also useful for making sure your dog is polite to everyone they come into contact with.
There are other commands that you can teach, such as roll-over or fetch, however these are just for fun and not a necessity.
Taking a dog into your family can be a big responsibility however with regular vet visits, good food and proper training, this will be one of the best decisions you have made.
Yours in writing,Dave Lambert
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