Larger breeds are best in a harness connected to the seat belt. For small breeds you can use a dog carry case and again secure with seat belt. Dogs should never be in the front seat so in a sedan the back seat is best. Perhaps the ideal is the back of a wagon or van, but for safety it should have a cargo divider to contain the dog.

Dogs should not be allowed to jump around in the car or bark as you drive. Correct these habits right from the beginning.

WARNING: Your dog should never travel on the front seat or the car.
Just like with small children the front airbags have the capacity to seriously injury your dog.

Note 2010: It is illegal in Australia for dogs to be sitting on the lap of the driver.

Just like with humans, Dogs learn throughout their life. They start to intensively learn from 3-12 weeks old, unfortunately this means the majority of this really early development time the puppy is with the breeder. Hopefully your breeder conducts an early enrichment program to give plenty of experience.

In general it is accepted that Pups can start socialising at about 8 weeks old in puppy classes however in the early stages we are NOT talking about obedience training, we are talking about building a bond and communication with our pup. You also need to work with the dog in different ways at different stages of his life. It is not about spending 15 minutes per day training but it is about learning to live with your dog on an every day basis.

Perhaps your dog is missing some minerals in their diet. Alternatively he may have been born and raised in a very confined area and due to boredom has developed a bad habit. Firstly, you need to keep the dog’s area clear of poo. That means at least a daily campaign of pooper scooping. The next option is to add some pineapple to his diet. You may need to gradually add this to the diet if the dog objects to the taste, aim to get to about half a pineapple ring mashed into the food. Dogs don’t like the acid residue in the poo.

Puppies only need short walks to begin with and then building up as they get older. The amount required can vary greatly depending upon the dog’s individual energy level. Exercise needs to be physical and mental to be really effective. Even if you give your dog a walk for 30 minutes every day you might still need to have some mental games to help your dog settle down when you get back. However if you get home and the dog is still bouncing around then the dog hasn’t received enough exercise or the right exercise for that particular dog.

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