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Meet Riley

Dog’s name and age: Riley, 1 Year

Nicknames: Rileypup

Adoption Story: We adopted Riley from the humane society at ten weeks old. She had a little cold and required some medications when we brought her home, but we couldn’t be happier that we did! When picking her name, we wanted something Irish because we adopted her on St. Patrick’s day, and we thought Riley would be a good fit.

At home, Riley loves to snuggle but at the dog park loves to do zoomies all around. Riley is a unique dog; she likes to run around doing her own thing and marches to her own beat. Any time we come home, she gives us that beautiful smile with her majestic beard!

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If you have just brought your puppy home from the pet store, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. Training a puppy is actually quite simple once you get them house trained. You can also ask a lot of questions while training a puppy so that he understands the commands and knows what is expected of him. Puppy breeds vary widely in size, so it’s important that the puppy is being properly cared for and is not being mistreated in any way. Puppy breeds such as German shepherds and Rottweilers are highly prone to developing bad habits.

Puppy training usually begins around eight weeks of age, which is usually about 8 months old. During this time, they will learn common puppy training cues including sit, stay, heel, down, and come. There are lots of different ways of training your puppy, which you may have heard of or seen with a professional dog trainer. Once you puppy reaches around a year of age, you should begin crate training. Crates are essential in puppy training as puppies require their own little space to call their own, therefore they shouldn’t be left in a large crate for long periods of time.

Crate training can be quite difficult and will take a while before your puppy gets used to it. Some of the most basic crate training commands include laying down in the crate on a blanket, covering up the entire crate, walking around inside the crate, eliminating inside the crate, eating and drinking outside the crate, and going outside the crate. When you start crate training, it’s important to have patience and not try to rush things. Dogs need to learn what is expected of them so they don’t develop bad habits and continue to make those annoying trips outside.