The Land Report

Spring 2015

The Magazine of the American Landowner is an essential guide for investors, landowners, and those interested in buying or selling land. The award-winning quarterly is known for its annual survey of America's largest landowners, The Land Report 100.

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FrontGate 24 The LandReport | S P R I N G 2 0 1 5 LANDREPORT.COM L A N D ' S B E S T F R I E N D WYMAN MEINZER Start Your Puppy Off on the Right Paw Regular, gentle training during feeding time and playtime gets a pup off to a quick start. At four months, this German shorthaired pointer already knew her name. Happiness at home starts with a routine. — Henry Chappell I f you've followed my advice in bringing your pup home (Winter 2014), your new puppy should have already settled in. She's comfort- able in her crate and only gets you up once a night for a quick backyard run. She's wearing a stout, flat D-ring collar. Now what? This is all you need to remember: Dogs crave routine. Clear expectations and good habits make for confident dogs and peaceful homes. At feeding time, place your pup's bowl on the floor, say her name, and "come." She'll be coming to the food anyway, so you might as well establish a connection between command and action. Soon she'll perk her ears whenever you say her name. Likewise, whenever she runs to greet you, bend to her level, clap your hands, say "come," and praise her when she follows through. If she ignores you, don't repeat the command or scold her. Go pick her up, say "come," in a firm voice, and carry her back to where you initially gave the command. Hold her a few seconds, and release her with a pat. Snap a lead to her collar and get ready: She's going to throw a fit. Let her have at it. After a minute, put some slack in the lead and call her. Repeat. In no time, she'll be ready for short walks. Do: • Keep things light and fun. Bold puppies grow into classy working dogs. • Keep a few kibbles in your shirt pocket. Reward sparingly. • Check collar fit every few days. Don't: • Give commands you can't enforce. • Swat your puppy. • Yell.

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