Puppy Training Montreal. Now that we have outlined the way we should train our dogs, let us examine common situations that occur to new dog owners. We hope that the questions we pose and answer will assist you in all facets of your own dog training. Remember that the methods and procedures outlined are applicable to ALL breeds of dogs. Although some pooches respond like “butter” to training, others may require more intense work.
Do not give up. Keep an optimistic and positive attitude, and you will most certainly succeed.
1. WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL I NEED?
When you bring puppy home, it is advisable to have his training area ready. As I stated earlier, a crate or airy box is fine for housing a small pup. This is his den. You may also gate off a section of the house, such as a tiled kitchen, for his use. Have ready a six-foot leash, preferably made of leather. Buy a choke or training collar that is about one inch larger than the circumference of the dog’s neck. If you have any doubts as to size, your veterinarian or pet shop owner can assist you in choosing the right collar.
By the way, for those of you who feel that the choke collar-an unfortunate choice of words-is cruel, let me assure you that it is the collar of choice for humane and effective training. A quick, one-second tug on the collar properly executed duplicates the bitch’s method of grabbing her pup by the scruff of the neck to correct him. You will also need a grooming brush specially designed for dogs, a nail clipper (which you should ask your vet to demonstrate) and, of course, stainless steel bowls for his food and water.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
You should ask the dog’s breeder or your vet to recommend the kind of food that is suitable for your dog. Make sure that your dog has received a thorough checkup from a veterinarian, and that the dog has had all necessary shots. You should also buy an identification tag that includes the dog’s name and address. Many vets also recommend daily vitamin tablets, and if you live in the South, heartworm pills are heartily recommended.
2. HOW DO I CHOOSE A VETERINARIAN?
Unfortunately, I can only suggest careful investigative reporting to answer this question. Most vets are highly reputable and conscientious, however, you should double-check their reputation and credentials by questioning the breeder or pet shop where you purchased your pet. Ask friends who have pets and whether they are pleased with their vets. If money is a problem, compare fees. The most expensive vet is not necessarily the best.
Trust your judgment. It is just as important to get along with your vet as it is to get along with your own physician. If the two of you “hit it off,” that is a good sign.
Another factor is proximity. If the vet your friends recommend lives many miles away from your home, you will dread taking your pet for routine or emergency visits. Choose someone who is close by, so that if something happens to your pet, you can easily transport it.
3. HOW OFTEN SHOULD I FEED MY DOG?
When your puppy is pre-puberty (up to eight months) give it three feedings a day in the amounts recommended by your vet. The amounts should also be listed on the bag or label of your pet’s food.
After eight months, drop one feeding, usually the midday feeding. After the age of two, reduce the feeding to once daily. It really doesn’t matter whether it is a morning or evening feed. Whatever suits your schedule is fine.
You may include a few dog biscuits daily as snacks. Many of these commercial biscuits help keep your dog’s teeth clean. I know that many of you give your dog table scraps. If this is your choice, make sure that human food does not exceed 10 percent of the dog’s daily diet.
4. HOW OFTEN SHOULD I WALK MY DOG?
Puppies need to be walked at least five times daily. They need to eliminate frequently. Try to walk them right after a feeding, first thing in the morning, and late at night to prevent “accidents.” Adolescents, eight months or over, need four walks a day.
Adult dogs need only three walks daily. Each walk is a MINIMUM of 15 minutes. Act prudently it the weather is either terribly hot or brutally cold. Dogs do not have good heat exchange systems.
They suffer greatly in hot, humid weather, and can have heart attacks if forced to walk in extreme heat. Restrict your walks to early morning or late evening hours when it is very hot. Seek a sheltered or shady area to protect your dog from the elements.