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If you are planning to compete in ANY sport with your PWD you must get this book. Your puppy is learning from the minute it is born, and the pace picks up when you get it home. With this book you'll be laying the groundwork for a winning team from the very beginning.
Your puppy is going to start developing habits the minute it comes through your door. This will help you make sure it develops the ones that will be useful in competition later.
If you want to be a good trainer you need to do three things: Train, train, train. There’s no way around it. There are no short cuts. A substantial part of learning to be a proficient trainer is learning how to play with your puppy and how to incorporate play into your training regimen so your puppy views training as fun. I can already hear owners wailing, For heaven sakes, I know how to play with my puppy! If that’s the case then you have my permission to skip this chapter. However, if you want to know how to use play to create a happy, motivated dog that is focused, attentive, and eager to work in any competitive arena, then read on.
There really is no limit to the fun you can have with your puppy and the behaviors you can instill when you teach your puppy to learn using play. Play creates fun; fun creates focus; and focus maximizes a puppy’s propensity to learn. The more your puppy focuses on you, the more you will be able to teach him. The more you play with your puppy, the more he will want to be with you. You will become the most exciting aspect of his world. Subsequently, your puppy will be more attentive to learning and less inclined to wander off and find his own fun or trouble. Equally important, interactive play develops the most compelling aspect of competitive obedience attention.
Furthermore, play is essential when it comes to establishing a strong bond and a trusting relationship between you and your puppy. A puppy that trusts you will be more open to learning because he has no fear or anxiety, two things which inhibit learning.
Fun and games are vital for stimulating circulation and building strong bones and muscles and a strong heart. Play nourishes and energizes a puppy’s mind and keeps it active, healthy, and alert. As puppies grow and mature, play is the perfect prescription for releasing stress during training sessions and while on the campaign trail.