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Melport Meadows Pups
A word about harness training...
If you wish to train your dog to pull in a harness know that your pup is perfectly able to understand the difference between walking and heeling on a loose leash while wearing a collar, and pulling while in harness. Just be sure to always use the collar for walking and the harness for pulling, and to use the appropriate and separate commands for each application right from the start. Enforce the proper expected behaviors for each.
Teaching Obedience Commands and Manners.....
An 8-week-old pup is very ready to learn, and an upbeat attitude coupled with a meaty treat will have him working for you in no time! While looking for some great, straightforward videos to get you started, I found these:
About Biting and Mouthiness:
Among the above tutorials is one on this topic, but we find that a quick, easy way to teach a pup that humans are not for chewing on - or leading by the arm - is to take his lower jaw in your hand. This requires putting your hand in his mouth, and then grab his whole lower jaw for just a few seconds while telling him "no mouth". We then give a toy or bone that is his. This has worked very quickly for us.
What your puppy comes with:
Your puppy will have had a complete bath and groom before he goes home.
The exception to that is if it is winter time and your pup will be sleeping or spending a majority of his time outdoors - and obviously this includes all working LGD's. Since the shampoo removes the oils from a dog's coat and skin, and these oils help keep him insulated and warm, we will give a groom, but only a partial bath. Usually we wash the body of the pup without shampoo, but then shampoo the face, legs, and private areas of the dog.
We'll clip his nails, trim the eyes, mustache, and beard of a Komondor unless you tell us you'd rather we didn't, and comb or pick his coat nicely, as is breed-appropriate.
All pups also come with a folder of information. The folder contains:
Pups come with the first night's raw food meal, and with a gallon bag of the kibble the pup has been accustomed to getting.
A new well-fitting collar comes with each pup.
Most pups that go home from here have never been on a leash before. Leash training usually goes very quickly if you clip the leash on for the first time...often at a rest stop on the way home....and don't try to make the pup go where you want him to go yet, but just hold it straight up and out of the way and let him get used to the idea of it being there and of him being attached to it.
After your pup gets used to the idea that the leash is there and understands it's not too big of a deal, then gently lead him giving the leash little tugs.
Once Pup follows the tugs without much resistance then begin walking and use little tugs to encourage him to walk with you. If he pulls give him a solid jerk and say "Walk" or whatever your command is going to be to walk on a loose leash (NOT heel...he's just learning to walk on a loose leash with you without being a nuisance.
As soon as he walks with you fairly well start doing turns...90's, 180's, and 360's. In both directions. Use quick jerks to remind him to follow and to keep a loose leash as necessary.
This whole process will only take a few walks. And you will never have a big dog that will take YOU for a walk! Now there's no excuse, right?!
The long-awaited day has finally arrived and you're ready to take your new puppy home!
What do YOU need to bring for your trip home?
You should bring a leash. A collar is provided, but not a leash.
You should bring a blanket for your pup to lay on.
You should bring a dish for water for your pup to drink if your trip is very long.
You should bring a roll of paper towels and maybe even a rag in a Ziplock bag. Accidents are rare, but better to be prepared! We normally don't feed pups near the time they're going home. The Samoyeds don't tend to get carsick. The Great Pyrs usually don't....though pups from our old bloodlines never FAILED to get sick! Komondors are the more likely of the 3 breeds to end up carsick. All should quickly grow out of this with a little more experience in the vehicle.
If the trip is long you may want to bring something for your dog to chew or something for him to play with.
Pups almost never potty in the vehicle, though we do always take them out before heading home. However, if left in the vehicle (ONLY on a cool day when the car won't overheat) while you go in to shop or to eat, be sure to let him relieve himself before being left. This IS the time when he might try to do his thing in the car!
A word about crates...
Many people ask if they need to bring a crate. My answer to that is that it isn't necessary and we don't use crates when we travel. However, some people like to use a crate and if so, go ahead and carry one along.
We find that if you have a long drive and if your pup is able to interact with you on that trip, then by the time you get him home he has acclimated and bonded to his new people and has decided "These guys aren't too bad...I think they might make a pretty good family for me!"
An 8-week-old puppy is at the ideal age to learn basic commands and to be housebroke. It will take a couple of days to get used to the idea that he is no longer outside where he can go potty any time, day or night...but he will be ready to go at least 6 hours without having to out very quickly.
If you take him out every time he wakes from a nap and each time he gets finished eating, you will have much of the battle licked.
When you take him out, if you can walk with him and get him moving, while saying "Let's go potty!" he will squat very quickly. Praise him mildly while he is going, but profusely when he is done.
Many of those who get pups from us use the "Bell Method". Here is a video that explains it very simply: