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Features November 2018 Issue

“Sit,” “Down,” “Leave It,” “Come”

“Sit” as a group activity.

“Sit,” “Down,” “Leave It,” “Come”

The 4 basic commands: the 4 ways to teach them.

You’re really good at cooing over your new puppy, loving her up, giving her delicious treats, and in general showing her that life in your household is going to be wonderful. But within a day or two of your new dog’s arriving at your home, you should also be engaging in training. It’s not a punishment. When a dog and a person are new to each other, the motivation to communicate is quite high, so that’s a good time to start teaching her your cues for desirable behavior. Furthermore, when she gets it right, which will begin to happen quite quickly, she will feel a great sense of accomplishment — and so will you — and that will strengthen the bond between the two of you.

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