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When to Start Teaching Puppy Commands: The Puppy Training Plan

When Should You Start Teaching Your Puppy Obedience Commands? Wait Until Eight Weeks or Older to Bring Your Puppy Home Some of the most important lessons your puppy will learn are taught to them by their litter mates during their seventh week of life.  They are learning important social skills, including bite inhibition, dominance and submission as well as social rank. Litter mates will quickly let each other know when they are taking things too far or playing too roughly. Soft tempered puppies learn coping skills for dealing with dominant dogs. This can be a life saving skill for a puppy entering a home with an established, dominant dog already in residence. Only after they are 8 weeks old, are ready to leave the den and begin a new journey of bonding and learning the manners that will make them your indispensible, faithful companions. Your First Day Home With Your Puppy Prior to bringing your puppy home, your breeder will probably have already begun teaching them some ba

10 Puppy Teething Survival Tips and Best Solutions

Puppy teething begins with the first eruption of milk teeth When Do Puppies Start and Stop Teething Depending on your puppy’s breed, teething will begin somewhere between 12 and 14 weeks, and the small, sharp milk teeth will begin to be pushed out by the larger adult teeth. The teething phase typically lasts 3 months, and puppies should be finished with the process by eight months of age. Large dog breeds tend to start and complete teething faster than smaller breeds.    With this developmental stage comes a new set of challenges. This is the puppy equivalent to the “terrible twos” -staircase balusters, window sills, house plants, leashes, table and chair legs, shoes and socks, all are fair game to the teething puppy, that does not yet know its boundaries. If she can get her mouth around it, it’s going to be fun to destroy! Puppy Teething Signs and Symptoms Red inflamed and swollen gums. Bulging gums where new teeth are about to erupt. Small amounts of bl

Lab Lovers | Labrador Retriever Resources

By Dirk Vorderstra├če (Amola vom Frohlinder Berg) The Labrador Retriever, A Great Family Dog The Labrador Retriever is America's favorite dog breed for 25 years and running and with good reason!  Friendly, gentle and easy to train the labrador is eager to please and a loving family companion. A member of the Sporting Group, Labradors are considered gun dogs. These athletic and powerfully built dogs are designed for endurance; they are capable of retrieving waterfowl or upland game hours on end. Bred originally to haul nets and retrieve fish in heavy cold seas, the labrador has its origins working in close cooperation with man. That collaborative spirit is evident in their ability to learn quickly, just ten minutes a day of training, can  earn you a devoted, obedient gun dog. The hallmarks of their appearance include: a sturdy frame, athletic and not cloddish; dense, short, waterproof coat; the "otter" tail; a broad back skull with moderate stop and "kin

Just For Teething Retrievers! 5 Best Puppy Chew Toys

America's favorite dog breed for twenty years running, is also one of America's toughest power chewers.  These five toys have been tested for durability, interest and safety.  Several of these toys float, making them ideal for retrieval training, as well as all round chew toys. Your Labrador Retriever puppy is guaranteed to love these toys for a long time to come! The GoughNuts Stick is Guaranteed for Life The GoughNuts Guaranteed Indestructible Dog Chew Toys Designed with maximum safety in mind, the GoughNuts Dog Toys are made from premium rubber that is not as plastic tasting as some of the competitor's toys.  The Original Toy comes in green with a red center. Their slogan is, "Green means Go! Red means Stop!" If your dog reaches the red center, it is time to take it away from him and send it in for a replacement.  You pay shipping and a small handling fee for the replacement. Here Black means Go, and Red means Stop! Lab owners rave about the d

Puppy Training Resources

You want your puppy to get off to a good start, and the earlier you start the better.  These easy training tips will make potty training, crate training and basic obedience as easy a 1-2-3. Keep in mind, the keys to successful learning for your puppy lie in consistency, patience and always ending each session on a positive note. By Taro Shiba Inu Crate Training Made As Easy As 1-2-3 Learn how to quickly make your dog's crate her favorite place to chill-out. 5 Tips To Quickly Bond With Your New Puppy or Rescue Dog Tips from obedience experts to quickly build a trusting bond between you and your new canine companion. How Dogs learn The Meaning Words Research shows dogs learn new words differently from humans, sometimes they need a different approach.