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Arrival of the puppy to the home
This passage is written by Mads Jørgensen

When you buy a dog it is usually a commitment for many years. The dog that you buy is not a thing that you can buy and then throw away. It is a independent individual for whom we have the responsibility to give a great live. You have to remember that it is a personality that you have bought – naturally it has to be trained but it is wrong to train the dog in a way so that you take away the personality. Nothing is worse than a ”machine dog”.

There are some things you have to be attentive of when you arrive at home with the puppy .

It is a good idea to buy some food from the kennel so the puppy does not have to start changing the food. Ask the kennel for a scheme for the daily feeding because then you have the chance to follow the rhythm that the puppy is use to.

If the new owner of the puppy already has a dog then do not take the puppy into the house right away.
The ”Old”dog might have a chock by the sight of a puppy trespassing its territory.

 Take both of the dogs to a neutral place that the ”old” dog rarely or never visits to introduce the dogs to each other. You can then afterwards take them into the house together. 

Before taking the dogs inside all the dog food and toys have to be put away. After 48 hours you can place the toys so they can play with them again.

Please do not invite a lot of people over to see the new puppy the first couple of days. The puppy has to have time to get use to the new environment before getting put in front of many new people.

Let the puppy get to know the new home in its own tempo. Some puppies will throw them self’s out in the experience with great enthusiasm and with others it will take more time. You have to support the puppy by taking it for a walk in the house or picking it up if it needs it. Do not let the children or others sit and cuddle with the puppy if it is more interested in running around and investigate things.

The puppy will sleep at the exact place where fatigue takes it. Unless the puppy is sleeping in an impossible place let the puppy sleep in peace and quiet. After an hour or two the puppy will be fit for fight again

As soon as the puppy has EATEN, SLEPT or PLAYED it has to get out. In reality the puppies do not do anything else than eat, sleep or play. By that said, the puppies have to get out a lot. If you are very consistent you can get the puppy cleanly in no time.

Do not be of  the conviction that the longer the walk the easier it is to get the puppy to pee outside. On the contrary it is more unlikely for the puppy to pee the longer from the centre of the territory you walk. The puppy do not want to tell the other dogs about its presence before it gets more confident. If you have a garden you only have to go out there with the puppy. If you are living in a flat you want to be as near the entrance so the puppy can feel safe. If you have difficulty with getting the puppy to pee outside you can take some stools and place them outside. By doing that you can cheat the puppy to believe that it has done it here before. And since it has not been eaten by a bear it must be a safe place!

It does not help to scold or punish the puppy when it pees inside. The only thing that helps the puppy to get cleanly is to praise the puppy when it pees outside

See to leave the puppy soon after arriving to the new home. As soon as the puppy has settle down you have to let it be home alone. Not for several hours just for a brief time. Do not walk back and scold the dog if the puppy starts to bark or howl. Do not sneak out - tell the puppy that you are leaving. Leave a T-shirt that you have slept with in the dog basket to support the puppy. Put the basket with the T-shirt near the door because that is where the dog will stay. Remember to renew the T-shirt at intervals of 2-3 days. The puppy can not use the T-shirt if it smells of dog.

The upbringing of the dog starts the minute of the arrival.

The first opportunity you get to educate your dog is normally when the dog bites in something it is not supposed to bite in. Quietly say “no” and remove the puppy from the object. The puppy will presumably throw itself towards the object again- again remove the puppy from the object and say “no”. When you have done this a couple of times “ you lose your patience ” and say ”no” more emphatic, lifts the puppy up and divert its attention ex. Go out with it or go to another room. Though it seems that you have not won the conflict the puppy will have got the message. When you have done these things between 10 and 1.000 times- dependent on how strong the puppy is – it will stop doing it.

Another essential factor in bringing up the puppy is that the puppy comes when called at. It is annoying to take the dog for a walk but not be able to trust the dog – and it is annoying for the dog always to have a leash on.
Make advantage of the fact that most puppies are scared of being lost from us. Take your puppy for a walk without leash (naturally a place without traffic) and hide from the dog ex. behind a tree. Just before hiding you call the dogs name once and if it does not react then hide. It is for your advantage if you can see the dog while hiding so you can see how the dog reacts. When it starts looking after you then wait 10 seconds then call again. In this way you get the dog to look after you and not the opposite. Repeat this exercise at intervals.

Kind regards

Mads Jørgensen


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