Golden Retriever Sitting

Sitting on command is one of the earliest, most important and useful lessons you’ll teach your new dog. Not only is the sit command an effective way to keep him from jumping on unsuspecting guests, but it’s also useful for keeping your dog safe when walking off-leash and away from your kitchen counter and table. Getting your dog to relate the word to the action can be challenging, but with patience and persistence, your dog will sit on command for anyone who asks.

Treats and Praise

Training your dog is much easier when you have a treat or two in your pocket. Before teaching your dog to sit, have a handful of treats in your hand. Always reward desired behavior with a treat immediately after he performs his task. Praise him using a sweet, gentle voice, and be consistent. When your dog associates treats and praise with good behavior, he is more likely to seek treats and praise by practicing it.

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Puppy and Adult Dog Meeting

Bringing home a new dog is an exciting, fun-filled time. Dogs, in particular, establish a firm pecking order that assures a conflict-free environment. However, without a proper introduction to your other pets, cooperation is unlikely. Your pets and family can live harmoniously if you take the time to introduce your new dog to the rest of your pets with care. Follow these four steps.

1. Start in a Neutral Location

Dogs are territorial and introducing your new dog to the rest of the pack at home is unwise. Not only will your current dog (or cat) feel anxious or suspicious of the new arrival, but any attempt by the new dog to encroach on a favorite chair or sunny spot won’t be taken lightly.

For the first meeting, choose a neutral and unfamiliar location such as a dog park you don’t normally visit — even choosing a street where you normally walk your older dog can present challenges. Avoid introducing the dogs by yourself. Each dog should have his own handler.

2. Praise Generously and Often

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