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7-steps to well-trained puppies (and happy humans)
If you’re anything like most new puppy parents, it won’t take long to realize that your fuzzy little bundle of joy can also bark, chew, jump, and mysteriously get into A LOT of trouble around the house. Don’t panic―slowly remove the shoe from your pup’s mouth and open this book, because it’s time to start successfully training.
Puppy Training in 7 Easy Steps is a practical, step-by-step guide to guarantee that your cute and curious friend stays cute. From puppy proofing your home to mastering need-to-know commands, this fool-proof training manual sets you and your canine companion up for a lifetime of positively reinforced obedience and tail-wagging fun!
In this dog training book, you’ll find:
- Puppy Prep―Stock up on all of the supplies you need to start training with helpful checklists and insider tips.
- Dog Training in 7-Steps―This includes bringing your puppy home, crate training, potty training, preventing food aggression, socializing your puppy, the six key commands, leash walking and coming when called.
- Troubleshooting Tips―Get quick advice to make sure your dog training goes according to plan, no matter how many squirrels, birds, or other temptations catch your pup’s attention.
Sit. Stay. Heel. Fetch. This no-nonsense guide to dog training will teach you and your pup how to do it all in just 7 easy steps.
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SAMPLE EXERCISE: Leave It
Your puppy is a naturally curious scavenger only too happy to gobble up everything from bones to pills to poop, so the Leave It command is the key to their safety and your sanity.
Step 1: Stand up. It’s best if your puppy is standing or sitting. Wear shoes—no sandals, flip-flops, or bare feet.
Step 2: Take a treat from your pouch. Show your puppy that you have a delicious treat in your hand, and let them watch you as put that treat under your shoe and step on it, fully covering it. Your puppy must see you do this and understand that you left a treat under your shoe and that it is no longer in your hand. If they know it’s there, they will start pawing at your shoe and sniffing around, trying to figure out how to get at the covered treat. If they don’t try to get at the treat, they might have missed the hide, so move your foot off to the side and tap the ground near the treat to direct their attention to it. Then quickly cover it with your shoe before they can snag it.
Step 3: Say Leave It once and only once in a happy tone of voice. They will keep trying to get at the treat, getting more and more frustrated. They will look up at you in confusion.
Step 4: Then exclaim Yes and give them a treat from your hand. Do not under any circumstances give them the one from under your shoe.
Step 5: Take your foot off the treat. Tap the ground with your foot so they can see the treat is visible again, then quickly, before they can get to the treat, cover it back up with your foot. Now repeat Steps 3 and 4.
Step 6: Repeat Step 5 a few more times. Your puppy is getting quicker and should now rapidly be giving up on the foot treat and looking up at you or ignoring the treat altogether.