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How to Get a Great Puppy

Author: Sarah Gaziano | Date: June 6, 2013

Welcome to another in my series of dog-sitting blogs. I love to share my adventures with you in hopes that you will be entertained and maybe even learn something. Over Memorial Day weekend, I dog sat this puppy. He is young, but so wonderful. He’s a well-bred Golden Retriever, and his mom has done tons of work with him to make sure he is calm and easy to live with.

I wanted to share some of the things that help make him a great dog:

  • He goes on one very long walk a day. This walk is used primarily as exercise. He doesn’t necessarily need to go to the bathroom, so he doesn’t need to sniff around or take a lot of breaks on these walks. He does stop at crosswalks (and sits, of course), but he remains focused because the walker keeps going. It’s all about movement. It’s best to keep your dog moving as much as you can.
  • He has a ton of chew toys, his favorite being a bully stick. It helps him with teething and keeps him stimulated. It tastes good and keeps him from wanting to chew on anything else. For example, he has access to at least ten pairs of shoes in the entrance. He didn’t touch them once. One of the reasons is because he has plenty of appropriate chew toy options. It’s also because when he was first arrived in the home, he wasn’t given access to those shoes.
  • He does a bit of training every day. It only takes about 5 to 10 minutes a day. We worked on sitting instead of jumping, stay and some basic commands such as sit, down, touch and watch me. Afterward, he would take a nap, to rest after all of that mental exercise.

These are some awesome techniques that make for relaxed dogs/puppies. Try some of them with your own dog. You will hopefully see some improvements and get some bonding time with your dog!

What are some ways you help to make your dog even better?


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