Training the Dalmatian Puppy

A solid education in obedience and leadership is essential to teach your Dalmatian the rules of his new human world.

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This leads to another very important puppy rule: Keep your pockets full of treats at all times, so you are prepared to reinforce good behavior whenever it occurs. That same "catch him in the act" principle also applies to negative behavior, or what we humans (not the dog) might consider negative (like digging in the trash can, which the dog or puppy does not know is "wrong"). If the pup gets into the garbage, steals food or does anything else that makes him feel good, he will do it again. What better reason to keep a sharp eye on your puppy to prevent these normal canine behaviors?

You and your puppy are beginning Puppy Class 101. Rule number one: Puppy must learn that you are now the alpha dog and his new pack leader. Rule number two: You have to teach him in a manner he will understand (sorry, barking just won't do it). Remember always that he knows nothing about human standards of behavior.

Next step: Puppy Class 101: Dalmatians

Reprinted from Breeders Best: Dalmatian © 2004. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.

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