Training a new puppy
Now we come to my hobby, house training. It is just so important. It starts with you, at home, and that’s toilet training, once again a topic for another day. You can try the ‘sit’ and ‘stay’, but my advice is to use a puppy preschool. Please ensure that the person running it is trained themselves! Too many mistakes can happen in early canine childhood if these classes are not properly supervised. Graduate from that to basic obedience, and then if you feel like going further, there are many dog sports, even for the smaller breeds, like flyball and agility. They are a great social activity as well.
A final thought. Dogs are indeed man’s best friend. I have never been without a dog. Pomeranian, Bulldog, Doberman, Greyhound, Italian Greyhound, Whippet, Cavalier King Charles, Maltese/ Shihtzu, Border Collie and Belgian Shepherd. I have loved them all, and that love has been returned 100 fold. I once wrote that my big regret in life would be not living long enough to have, for a least a time, all the other breeds that I love.
More to come on: What to look for when you go to buy, including a paragraph or two on adoption of a more mature dog. A bit on cats as well!