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Puppy Raising Do’s and Don’ts
Supervise at all times when in public and use different opportunities to teach them new skills and practice good behavior.
Keep a safe, clean environment for your puppy.
Allow your pup to Busy on different hard surfaces in varying environments.
Take your pup on frequent car rides and different transportation.
Allow other people to pet your puppy.
Take your puppy on frequent walks.
Allow your pup to play with other dogs and interact with different people.
Let your puppy free run daily in a safe, enclosed area.
Have a structured socialization and exposure plan that allows your pup to learn and be exposed to new things at the appropriate time.
Teach your puppy to walk on leash in a calm, relaxed manner.
Practice walking up and down stairs on a loose leash.
Confine your puppy in their crate or on a tie-down several times a week for quiet time.
Reward your puppy when they are exhibiting good behavior.
Always reward your puppy for coming when called.
Communicate with your advisor or area coordinator with any comments, questions, or concerns about your puppy and their training.
Mistreat your puppy by shouting, hitting, or jerking on your puppy’s leash.
Call your puppy to you to reprimand it.
Allow your puppy to chase objects like cars, bikes, or skateboards.
Allow your puppy to chase other dogs, cats, or other animals.
Confine your puppy for long periods of time during the day.
Allow your puppy to chew, nibble, or bite on people.
Allow your puppy to play with or chew on toys that aren’t on the approved toy list (listed in section 3-5).
Leave your puppy unsupervised outside.
Let your puppy play off leash in an unenclosed area.
Allow your puppy to bark, whine, or vocalize while crated, on tie-down, or in public.
Leave your puppy unsupervised on a tie-down.
Give your puppy any medications, treats, or food not approved by your advisor or area coordinator.
Teach your puppy “tricks” outside of their obedience.
Teach your puppy to play retrieve or chase games.