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Taping puppy’s ears (not the most attractive site, but very good illustrations.)
- Why veterinary behaviorists can’t stand Cesar Millan
- Who’s in Charge Here, Anyway?
- The Fearful Dog (pdf)
- Overcoming the Fear of Thunder (pdf)
- Separation Anxiety (pdf)
- Bark! Bark! Bark! (pdf)
- The Dog That Barks When Left Alone
- Dealing with Dog Dominance (pdf)
- Understanding Aggressive Behavior (pdf)
- Pack Dynamics
- Canine Rivalry (pdf)
- Introducing your new dog to your current dog (pdf)
- Destructive Chewing (pdf)
- The Digging Problem (pdf)
- When Jumping Dogs Drive you Crazy
- My Dog Jumps on Me
- Submissive and Excitement Urination (pdf)
- A Guide to Happy Housetraining
- The Canine Escape Artist (pdf)
- Keeping Your Dog Confined To Your Property (pdf)
- My Dog Won’t Come When I Call Him
- Kids And Dogs: Safety First
- Kids and Dogs: A Common Sense Approach
- Children and Dogs (pdf)
- Why Dogs Bite (pdf)
- Preparing Your Pet for Baby’s Arrival (pdf)
- Why veterinary behaviorists can’t stand Cesar Millan
- The Importance of Obedience Training
- The Educated Dog (pdf)
- Training Your Dog: About, Methods, Resources
- Housetraining Your Adult Dog (pdf)
- Teaching Self-Control
- Punishment: How NOT to Do It
- Crate Training Your Dog (pdf)
- Dog Crates
- Dog Crate Q & A
- Dr. P’s Dog Training – virtual library
- High Energy Dogs
- Protect Your Pet From Hot Weather (pdf)
- Keep Your Pet Safe on the Fourth of July (pdf)
- Keeping Your Pets Safe on Halloween (pdf)
- Keep Your Pet Safe From Winter Woes (pdf)
- Keep Your Pet Safe From Holiday Hazards (pdf)
Things you take home with a GretchAnya German Shepherd:
- A health certificate and complete list of vaccines your puppy has received
- An AKC registration application that you must fill out and send to AKC
- A complete 5-generation pedigree
- A full 2.5-year hip and health guarantee
- A small amount of puppy’s food
- A Purina ‘Puppy Guide’
- A lifetime of support
Bringing puppy home
- Remember: The puppy is a baby.
- Puppy has just left Mom and siblings for the first time.
- Think ‘lost and confused’ and ‘needs love.’
- A few days of adjustment are needed before too much confusion is introduced.
- Housetraining begins immediately – the minute you get home.
- Puppy needs to earn house privileges; not too much freedom in the beginning.
- A crate works best, as most dogs will not mess where they eat and/or sleep.
- Puppies can only control their bladder for a couple of hours in the beginning.
- Take your puppy outside first thing in the morning, as well as after naps and meal times. Make this business first – tell puppy to “go potty” or “hurry up.”
- Use the same spot all the time. No playing. This is not playtime.
- PRAISE when puppy does his business with an excited “good puppy!”
- If there is a housetraining accident, do not punish or reprimand.
- If you happen to catch puppy in the act, quickly interrupt with a “no, no” and immediately take the pup outside to the spot you’ve chosen and say, “Go potty.”
- Keep puppy in the crate when you cannot watch.
- Keep puppy in the room with you when you can watch.
- To introduce a leash, attach it to the collar and let them walk around with it through the house at first – always under your direct supervision. Then coach them a little with treats, so that the leash drags behind.
- After a week or so, tie the leash to a clip on your belt and make it fun to walk together.
What’s a Dog Show anyway?
Showing dogs is a great sport where the thrill of competition is combined with the joy of seeing beautiful dogs. Dog shows are one of many AKC dog events in which AKC-registered dogs can compete. These events, which draw nearly 2 million entries annually, include dog shows and tests of instinct and trainability, such as obedience trials, Canine Good Citizen tests, field trials, agility trials, lure coursing, rally, hunting tests, herding trials, tracking tests, coonhound and earthdog events.
Dog shows (conformation events) are intended to evaluate breeding stock; they are meant to indicate a dog’s ability to produce quality puppies. The dog’s conformation, or overall appearance and structure, is judged at these events. The size of a dog show ranges from large, with more than 3,000 dogs entered at many all-breed shows, to smaller specialty club shows, featuring a specific breed.