When people buy pets on impulse, they are often woefully under prepared for the new addition. Take some time to plan ahead and stock up on essential doggie supplies. Choose some food and a variety of chews and toys. You'll also need a leash, an appropriate collar or harness, a crate, and potty cleanup bags.
Don't forget to buy some treats, so you can start reinforcing desirable behaviors immediately!
Casey Lomonaco owns Rewarding Behaviors Dog Training in Binghamton, NY.
Dogs will do whatever works best for them. They are opportunistic, not vindictive. They are not barking simply to make you mad, or peeing on the bedroom floor to scold you for leaving the house. Your dog's problem behavior can now be addressed with a training plan.
There will likely be setbacks along the way, but be patient with yourself and your dog and keep working. If you need to, talk to the professional who helped formulate your training plan and tweak it where necessary. But above all, give it time. Learning is not instantaneous.
by Tammy Reinarz, Owner, Tammy's Dog Training Service
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