Training Tips

The concept of “a tired dog is a good dog” has truth to it...until he/she becomes over tired! Puppies and dogs tend to make poor decisions, show a reduction in impulse control, and may even become less patient and/or cranky (growl, nip, or “act out”) due to lack of sleep/rest.

  • Keep training sessions short at home! Take breaks in between by playing fetch or tug.
  • If your pup has been playing at the Dog Park, or was engaged with another dog for an extended period of time, encourage lots of rest once you return home!
  • Try to balance physical activity with mental stimulation activities! Remember, playing games and making your dog think can be just as exhausting!
  • Allow your pup time to interact with friends and family during parties and gatherings, but be mindful that this can be very over-stimulating for him/her (especially young puppies/dogs!) Crating your dog, or allowing him/her to take breaks from your guests, will help recharge his/her energy and encourage positive behavior choices after a nice long rest!
  • If your pup attends Doggy Daycare, check with the owner to see how often he/she is involved in playtime.Short sessions of playtime, throughout the day, will allow for positive interactions with other dogs and keep your pup happily tired.
  • Even the most active pups need lots of rest! Adult dogs typically sleep 12-14 hours per day (8 of those hours usually occur at night,) while puppies need closer to 16- 18 hours per day.

Mental Stimulation Ideas for Puppies and Dogs!

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Smoked Marrow Bones – Nature’s Babysitter!

These yummy bones are all-natural and last forever! I recommend purchasing them from a Farmer’s Market, like Meck’s just outside of Quarryville, PA!
Once your dog has cleaned off the bone, and enjoyed the marrow inside, you can re-use the bone (stuff peanut butter or sweet potatoes inside and freeze!)

*Always supervise your dog/puppy while eating these bones! *Marrow is very rich and can sometimes cause loose stools!

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Deer Antlers and Bully Sticks – Natural Snacks that are perfect for any age!

Dogs will enjoy the rough marrow of a Deer Antler!

*Can be expensive, but are long-lasting!
* Please supervise your dog/puppy while chewing these treats!
*Always purchase an antler that is large enough for your dog to chew, but not swallow!
*May not work well for aggressive chewers due to tooth breakage.

Bully Sticks are a favorite treat amongst dogs and puppies alike!

*Inexpensive, depending on the size
*Very...aromatic! You can purchase odor-free bullies for extra $! *Be sure these treats are natural and made in the USA!
*Throw away small remnants, as they could pose a choking hazard! *Always supervise your dog/puppy while chewing on Bully Sticks!

JW Toys – I love this brand of dog toys! These examples are of puzzle/treat- dispensing toys, however the whole product line is fun!

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Slow-Feed Dog Bowls – great for those who love to g