It is very important to train your new puppy properly from the get-go. Without proper training, the happiness you felt at first, will quickly turn into a big headache. This article will show you different methods to help get your puppy acclimated to his new surroundings, leaving both you and your new pup, happy for many years.

As you begin the dog training process, make sure to reward your pet when they perform desirable behaviors. Although discipline is necessary at times, the more you are able to praise your dog, the better your relationship will be. A good relationship means that your animal will want to follow your directions and the training process will be much easier.

Specific feeding habits should be established with your dog. You can set a firm schedule by teaching the dog to anticipate that the food will be removed within 10 to 15 minutes of the start of mealtime. Shortly, the dog will start finishing their food well before you plan to take the dish away.

1Don’t interact with your dog when you are frustrated or angry. Simply put your dog up and take a break. Training will proceed much more efficiently when you return. Each of you will be rested, have a fresh outlook, and be ready to tackle that seemingly elusive training task once again.

When you take your puppy out to go to the bathroom, you must be patient with him. He has a short attention span and may get distracted by sounds and smells, or want to play. This is normal puppy behavior and should not be reprimanded, especially while he is still learning.

While dog training with a leash, make sure that you are keeping the collar snug, yet a little bit loose. When the collar is too tight, it can actually make the dog want to pull you. A little slack can go a long way when you are dog training with a leash.

If you’re tired of your dog pulling on the leash while walking with you, here’s a simple training method. Take your leashed dog to an outside place that is familiar to both of you – such as the backyard – then begin to walk. If your pet stays beside you, right at your thigh, reward it with a treat. If the animal rushes forward, stop walking. If it wanders off for some reason, say “let’s go” in an upbeat way and turn and walk another way. When it catches-up with you, give it a treat, and if it doesn’t catch-up, pull gently on the leash until it gets the point. In this way, you reward good behavior and don’t have to be unduly harsh for bad behavior.

As was discussed in the beginning of this article, proper training will help you and your new puppy, live a much happier life. If you understand the right way to train your dog, it will make it easier much later on to correct any mistakes. Apply the helpful advice from this article and your new best friend will love you forever.


There is no such thing as a perfect dog owner. You may look back regretfully on mistakes you’ve made, but the truth is that you’re not alone. Learning from your mistakes is key, and this article should show you the right way to care for your dog as it is chock full of advice from other owners like you.

Keep on top of fleas. Not only can fleas cause infection in your dog, if one is swallowed, your pet can get tapeworms as well. Speak to your veterinarian about the best prevention method, but remember that this is not a one shot deal. You will have to continue your efforts over the life of your pet.

Don’t let your dog out of your property without wearing a leash, regardless of how well he behaves. There are quite a few things that could cause your dog to run off unexpectedly. As the owner, you will be held responsible for any damages your dog causes.

Be a good neighbor and discourage your dog from barking, unless he is alerting you to danger. Most people get used to the sound of their dog yelping, but others find it a constant annoyance. If your dog barks often, consider talking to your vet about what could be causing it and how you can put a stop to it, for everyone’s sake.

Teach your dog to be trained, even if you don’t plan on devoting a lot of time to special tricks. A dog needs to understand the basic hierarchy of the home and should be prepared to listen and learn throughout his life. Practice the basics like “sit” and “down” in the beginning and introduce something new every once in a while.

You may be tempted to use your favorite hair shampoo on your dog, but this should not be done. Human shampoo can cause dog skin to dry out. Instead, find a quality shampoo that is made for dogs. When you bath your dog, make sure to rinse all of the residue out of his fur.

If you do not have any ear cleaner solution on hand, you can use a baby wipe instead. Simply wrap it around the tip of your finger and wipe the inside of the ear’s surface. Only go as far as your finger can easily fit. Do not use Q-tips as they can injure the ear.

Listen to your vet when he tells you how to administer medication or care. He may not like wearing a cone over his head, but it’s prescribed for a reason! Your vet makes recommendations that will help your dog be happy and healthy, so you should follow your vet’s advice.

The truth is that no advice will be perfect either. Every single situation calls for different reactions, be it what to feed a dog or whether or not to take the dog to the vet. Your dog will be happy as long as you love them, and thankfully, that is the easiest part of the job!


Arrgh, I yelled in complete frustration. For the third time that week I was standing in my kitchen with a pool of plastic food containers around my feet. My frustration had reached its peak as every time I pulled a container from that cupboard, the contents would spill out around me onto the floor. I started putting the containers back into the cupboard muttering to myself about the waste of time, lack of space and why was it that we had so many containers in the first place? As I shoved and stacked and grumbled under my breath it suddenly occurred to me (actually I think the clouds parted and angels might have sung)I am ABUNDANT! There it was, falling at my feet every time I opened the cupboard and I hadnt seen it abundance was all around me!

Have you noticed that you are abundant or, like me, are you missing all of the signs that are pointing to what is possible for you in your life? The reality is that your natural state is one of abundance but you often dont see it because you are surrounded by messages of not being enough. Billboards, television commercials, radio ads and even email spam are designed to make you feel that you are lacking in some area of your life and if you purchase their product or service you will finally be living the good life. It is this feeling of lack or scarcity that makes you doubt your worth; that makes you feel like you are not enough. This feeling is uncomfortable and to avoid discomfort you try to fill the void of lack and scarcity by focusing on abundance.

What does abundant/abundance mean? According to Dictionary.com it means present in great quantity, more than adequate; over sufficient; well supplied; overflowing (like my plastic containers). Merriam-Webster has a similar definition: more than enough, amply sufficient. What I notice in these definitions is that there is no mention of love, money, jobs, cars, etc. Clients will often tell me that they want to be more abundant but all their efforts of focusing on abundance have not had the results they were expecting. When I question them about their definition of abundance, it is often about having more money or love. It is this very narrow definition that can keep them in their lack situation.

So how do you create abundance in your life? There is more to it than thinking positively and focusing on what you want. While positive thinking and clarity are helpful they may be masking the true feeling you are experiencing which is the feeling of lack. Because we attract into our lives whatever we are feeling, if you feel you are lacking in some area of your life (love, money, jobs, opportunities, etc), you will continue to manifest more lack even if you are focusing on abundance. There is a misalignment between what you want and what you are feeling. To create the abundance that you are seeking you need to align with abundance.

Take a look around you. It took the plastic containers spilling onto the floor time and time again to make me stop and look around for all the examples of abundance in my life a spacious home, an excess of coffee mugs, love of family and friends, books, food and even clutter! What are your examples? Notice everything that you have in great quantity, that may be overflowing and recognize it as a sign of your abundance. Take delight in what you have and if you are hard pressed to find anything that feels like abundance go outside and look at the trees. Notice how many leaves they have and all the shade they provide. Or maybe you have an excess of snow where you live, or noise or silence. I have been known to refer to the dust bunnies as a sign of abundance! You are abundant; you just may have to look for it more consciously. Then, express your gratitude for what you do have that is in excess. Expressing your gratitude opens your heart and your heart is abundant. It has everything you need – unlimited love, courage, strength, joy, creativity, energy you name it. The more time you spend connected to and living from your heart the more full you will feel which leads to you guessed itmore abundance (even in the areas where you might have been lacking)!

We live with overwhelming media messages everyday and its not always possible to filter out the lack message but when you begin to focus on what you do have, on areas of your life where you are abundant you will, indeed, be living the good life. And if you need any plastic food containers just let me knowI have an abundance!

Deb Dawson-Dunn is an award winning entrepreneur and the Chief Joy Officer at Get It Dunn! She is a coach and speaker who helps women who are feeling stuck in their lives to move forward with lightness and joy. Visit Deb at http://www.getitdunn.ca to start living more joyfully today!

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