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Doggie Business Canine Coaching: The Essential Guide To Puppy Parenting

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Doggie Business Canine Coaching: The Essential Guide To Puppy Parenting

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Jan 1, 2012


Once you become the proud owner and puppy-parent of a beautiful bundle of puppy-joy', you want to know what to do and how to cope with mopping up puppy-spills (from both ends), sleepless nights, chewed furniture, dinner time puppy manners and puppy socializing. Not to mention the list of other activities that come as a bonus with puppy parenthood.

With over 25 years of training puppies and dogs I wrote this book for you , because I know it will help you. The Essential Guide to Puppy Parenting is the ideal handbook to guide you through the exciting and some times challenging world of surviving puppy ownership.

All new puppy owners need The Essential Guide to Puppy Parenting. You will be repaid many times over with sound advice and inspirational tips and hints to encourage loving well-mannered and happy puppies grow into confident dogs.

And of course remain a stress free, medication free puppy parent that is still part of the human race!

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The Essential Guide to

Puppy Parenting


Suzanne Wright

G.D.M.I. Dip.Ed.

National Library of Australia Cataloguing-in-Publication entry


Author: Wright, Suzanne.

Title: Doggie Business: The Essential Guide to Puppy Parenting /

Suzanne Wright; editor, Rose Allen.

ISBN: 9780987269317 (pbk.)


Dogs—Training—Handbooks, manuals, etc

Dogs—Grooming—Handbooks, manuals, etc.

Other Authors/Contributors: Allen, Rose.

Dewey Number: 636.70887

© Doggie Business Publishing

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publisher.

Editor: Rose Allan, MA

Writer, editor and public speaker

Design and printing: jpg Design & Print Pty Ltd, Buderim


Week One:

Settling In Your New Family Member

Week Two:

The Art of Communication

Week Three:

Treats: Lures and Rewards

Week Four:

Correct, Don’t Punish

Week Five:

Good Manners are Essential

Week Six:

Have Fun with Games

Week Seven:

Training becomes a Habit

Week 1.

Settling in Your New Family Member

Shopping for your pet

Sleeping arrangements

Crate Training: the Answer to Your Prayers

Puppy Toileting

Your Puppy’s Diet

Names Are Important

Positive Reinforcement: the Best Way to Train

Play Biting

The Grooming Session

Training Exercises for Week 1

Pay attention to your name

Week 2.

The Art of Communication

Body language

Visual and verbal signals

Puppy Socialization

The Perfect Recall

Training Exercises for Week 2

Train your puppy to SIT on cue

Train your puppy to COME when called

Week 3.

Treats, Lures and Rewards

A Command is not a Request

Training Exercises for Week 3

Train your puppy the DOWN position

Train your puppy to keep those paws on the floor


Revisit SIT


Week 4.

Correct, Don’t Punish

How to give a good correction

Getting it Right with Treat Training

Walk with Your Dog

Training Exercises for Week 4

Train your puppy to follow without a leash:

Step one, two and three

Revisit SIT, DOWN and COME

STAY, longer please


Train a SIT/STAY

Week 5.

Good Manners Are Essential

Puppies want to please you

Hands off, it’s Mine!

Training Exercises for Week 5


Exercises for bungee jumping puppies

Train your puppy to walk on a long leash:

Step four, five and six

Week 6.

Have Fun with Games!

The Right Toys

Games Help Train your Puppy

Training Exercises for Week 6

SETTLE: the turn off switch



Introduce HEEL





If your puppy is still JUMPING, try this…

Week 7.

Training Becomes a Habit

Integrating Training into Your Daily Routine

Training Exercises for Week 7

COME, every time



Walking politely on a loose leash


STAY: It takes a dog’s lifetime to get a solid STAY

WAIT: The well-mannered command


Rose Allen, editor, for her guidance and encouragement.

Trisha Jacobson, Jennifer Bosch and Tina Casalegno for their time and assistance with photography.

Wunderdogs, a great doggie day care establishment and friend of Doggie Business.

The Noosa District Animal Hospital and home of Puppy School.

Most importantly Robert, my husband, who somehow puts up with me and loves all the dogs that have come into our lives.


The Essential Guide to Puppy Parenting

The first weeks of puppy parenting are full of apprehension and excitement. Your daily routine will disappear and your organized world will never be the same again. But help is at hand. This guide will provide you, a new puppy owner, with all the information you need to train your puppy so you can both enjoy this new relationship. The first weeks are critical because she will be trying her best to set her own boundaries as she watches you tentatively tip toe around her.

Each chapter covers a week of training and focuses on a particular core task, as well as solving common behavior issues such as jumping up and play-biting. Use these easy-to- follow strategies to make managing your puppy’s behavior a romp in the park, and an enjoyable experience for both of you.

If you like to do everything by the book, then keep to the weekly routine set out for you. However, if you are a busy person with lots to do besides training a new puppy, then take this program in your stride and stretch it out for however long it takes you to consolidate each stage.

The first six to seven weeks at home with your puppy is the most hectic, often fraught with anxiety about whether or not you are doing the right thing. While it is important to be consistent with your training, it is also vital to enjoy your developing relationship. The most important thing is to soak in the joy of a new puppy and feel confident that your early interaction is heading along the right track to shaping a well- mannered pet and companion.

Why I wrote this book

Sophie with Tilly (left) and my mother Eileen with her Scottie Jeanie (right)

I have wanted to write a training manual for a long time but was far too busy running Doggie Business and dealing with everyday life. It was my daughter, Sophie who reminded me of the feelings of inadequacy that can take over and even overwhelm us when one brings home a new puppy. Regardless of whether you are a first time owner, or have had numerous dogs throughout your life, character and temperament will differ with every dog and each one will present a different set of challenges for its owner.

It all started when Sophie phoned to say she had a mini dapple dachshund (a dachshund with silver spots) puppy nestling in her pocket, and without owning up to how it got there, she launched into a barrage of questions heard many times by those in my profession. Sophie, and her puppy, Tilly, live in New York City, a long way from where I am in South East Queensland, but thanks to the wonderful invention of Skype, we were able to have live interactive training sessions via the internet which managed to put her at ease and quell her apprehension. Wisely, she made me promise I would write everything down and email all the information to her in easy to understand weekly chapters. It would be her bible, she said. And so, this book was born for her and all other puppy owners.

I hope to guide you toward a greater understanding of the relationship you can build, and the bond you can develop, by working positively with your pup. You will see that there is so much more to owning a dog, whether pedigree or mutt, than just owning a dog.

My own pedigree

For over fifty years I have been working with and caring for dogs. At home three dogs and a cat is the usual line up at feeding time. Anything less than that and the household balance feels out of kilter. We are the loving owners of a kelpie cross called Shadow, a Chihuahua cross called Polly, and Connie, the Border Collie. Also deserving a mention is our permanent transient lodger, Millie the retriever, and lastly Teddy, our long suffering cat. He is an American Rag Doll and extraordinarily patient.

If I have anyone to thank for my preoccupation with dogs, it would be my mother. My childhood and teenage years were shared with a variety of dogs in the family home. Mum could easily be identified as the leader of the pack and the center of their attention. She insisted that our dogs were well mannered rather than well trained and this philosophy has greatly influenced my way of teaching. Well mannered is a softer term implying that a dog wants to behave in a manner that is pleasing to others, rather than responding to an instruction.

In the sixties and seventies dog training was not considered a profession, and animal behavior had not yet developed into a science, so I became a Primary School teacher thereby acquiring many of the skills I needed to train puppies and teach pet owners how to interact with their dogs. In fact I can highly recommend puppy training as a pre requisite to teaching children!

I became a trainer with Guide Dogs Queensland in the early 90’s and completed a Degree in Human Services and my Guide Dog Instructorship in 1995. Training dogs now had a purpose, which was to provide a blind or vision impaired person with a dog who would be their trusted guide and companion. It was very special work. Guide Dogs are trained to a high level of responsiveness, and the clients learn to trust in, and communicate with their special canine companion. You could liken it to an extraordinarily intense marriage, and it was our responsibility to ensure that this marriage worked.

When I moved to South East Queensland in 2003, I established "Doggie Business". This developed in response to an avalanche of requests for advice and assistance from dog owners. Today I focus on the everyday behavior issues that pet owners encounter and give them the confidence to interact with their pets in a constructive way.

Part of my work is running a Puppy School. I consider this is by far the most important work I do, because I am so aware that an early positive socialization program will ensure a happy and confident adult dog. Most days I encounter past pupils playing off leash along our glorious beaches or walking on leash through parks and beach promenades. It is a joy to see them, and a privilege to have had an input into these human/canine relationships. They are proof on four well-mannered legs that it is so easy to get it right if you

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