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How can you learn to train your puppy?
July 24, 2009 6:46AM
The best place to start is in a puppy kindergarten class. Puppies go through a critical socialization period when it is important for them to spend time playing with other puppies their age and meeting as many new people and new dogs as possible. A puppy kindergarten class is the ideal place to do that. It's also a good place to learn some basic training techniques and work with an expert trainer who can answer questions when problems arise. Puppy classes typically cover all the common issues of puppy owners, including toilet training, chewing, nipping, jumping up, walking politely on a leash, and coming when called. With puppies it is important to make training fun and not to use force. Force applied to immature bodies can cause permanent damage to growth plates and stunt or deform bone development. Luring is the preferred method for training puppies. You can learn a lot about puppy training from Dr. Ian Dunbar, a veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and the world's leading authority on luring training. He's made two of his puppy training books available for free download on the Internet (see links below).