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Snacks: What snacks to get as the puppy ages? Such as boiled carrots.High value training treats can be tiny bits of cheese or left over meat from your dinner. Very tiny bits. high value treats reinforce a behavior that is important to you, such as puppy going potty outside. Puppies don't really need snacks, discuss the feeding schedule with your breeder and your vet and make it work with your family schedule. You can also measure out the puppy food into baggies and use the kibble as a reward for any good behavior your want to enforce. Walking on the leash should start right away, everytime he takes a step with you praise in a happy voice and reward with kibble. Sit on the floor and hand feed your puppy also to enforce the idea that you aren't a threat to take his food and all good things come from you
I really like everything Nolefan has said but especially this. For potty training I would reward right at the spot with really high value treats. I would use the puppy's kibble (measured out so the pup isn't getting more than needed in it's daily intake) when training at home. There really isn't a need to give something that is a high reward in a low distraction place which our homes are. Those high rewards should be reserved for in places of high distraction and potty training when our pups are young.
I am also all for confining the puppy to an x-pen or behind a baby gate in a safe zone when you cannot keep both eyes on the pup. If they are in the safe zone they cannot have the opportunity to learn bad habits that you will have to fix later. This doesn't mean be lazy and keep the puppy in the safe zone as much as possible. It means that you must schedule lots of time to spend with your pup supervising and training good house manners by rewarding for all good choices your puppy makes when out of the safe zone.
Another thing I think puppy owners should know. It takes at least 500 successful repetitions of practicing a behavior cue for a dog to really own it. (know it) Most puppy owners think that their puppy's know the cues they teach after a day or two. It just isn't so. It just isn't fair to punish a puppy that really doesn't know a cue. We as owners need lots of patience.
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