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A Pet’s 10 Commandments

  1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years, any separation away from you is likely to be painful.
  2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
  3. Place your trust in me. Its is crucial for my well-being.
  4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainments – but I only have you.
  5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.
  6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.
  7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to.
  8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.
  9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.
  10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can’t bear to watch. Don’t make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you.


  • Crate training is the easiest way to prevent misbehavior such as inappropriate chewing or housebreaking accidents with your new puppy. These “playpens” prevent a puppy from hurting himself or getting into trouble when you are away or cannot supervise. Do not use your puppy’s crate for discipline or punishment. Feed your puppy in the crate to allow a positive association to form. Never leave your puppy in the crate wearing any type of collar and remove potentially harmful objects.
  • Rawhides pose potential health risks. Rawhide can cause either vomiting or diarrhea from the many pieces still sitting undigested in the GI tract. Swallowing large pieces can lodge in the throat and cause choking. Large pieces can also scrap and irritate the throat and esophagus. Once in the stomach or intestinal tract, rawhide may create a physical obstruction. Some rawhide may create a risk of Salmonella or have an arsenic-based preservative.
  • Training need to be fun for you and your dog. Keep workouts short so dogs do not get bored/tired.
  • It is important to prepare your dog(s) for the arrival of a new baby as soon as possible. Even a well trained dog my show signs of jealousy if the change is made abruptly. Consult a trainer and start preparation exercises no less than two months prior to the expected arrival of the baby. The resulting relationship will be worth the effort you put in before the arrival of the baby.
  • Having your puppy accustom to being handled by people from the day he comes home is very important. This will greatly influence his reaction to veterinarian or grooming visits. Your dog should be comfortable and accepting to handling all part of its body. A good way to train your puppy to touching is through a massage. Start with short sessions and praise him/her when they are calm and cooperating. Do not stop if you dogs protests or squirms, you should continue handling otherwise the puppy will learn that struggling will get his way. It is important that you, leader/owner, decide when the session ends.
  • Your dog’s training should be based on its individual personality, past and present behavior, aptitude for learning, breed characteristics, social development, and most importantly your family’s goals. Not each dog can fit into a single “method” of training and therefore it is important to find a trainer that has the ability to modify your dog’s training based on your dog and your goals. Your dog’s training should be designed to teach your dog useful obedience commands, good manners, and acceptable behavior patterns. Your dog’s training would not be complete without you, the owner, learning how to properly handle and effectively communicate with your dog.
  • Your mood can greatly affect your training session, don’t do a workout if your frustrated or angry that will come thru and confuse your dog. Workouts should be calm and positive for you and your dog.
  • When working with your dog, all commands are given so you can extend the held duration, distance you can move away from the dog and still hold the command, while adding distractions. Practice the 3 d’s!

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