TRACIE HOTCHNER: RAISING A GREAT PUPPY MEANS GETTING HIM OUT AND ABOUT ASAP

Every New Situation Means Treats, Treats, Treats

Halo Liv-a-Little freeze-dried protein treats are your “secret weapon” to socializing your young puppy successfully. You want to think of all new experiences as a chance to positively reinforce your puppy for a lifetime of friendly and relaxed interactions with the world.

Shower your dog with treats when he’s faced with new people, places or things. Make all experiences fun and positive. Expose him to lots of friendly humans: bring your plastic jar of Halo Liv-a-Littles with you whenever you leave the house (or put some in a plastic baggie) so that you can give a treat while waiting on lines at shops or banks. Enlist strangers to hand the treats to your pup when possible.

When at home, keep a stash of tasty dog treats like Halo Liv-a-Little biscuits somewhere near your door (inaccessible to the pooch, of course). Hand a Halo treat to anyone who comes around — visitors, the mailman, deliverymen, and service people. Ask each of them to hand one to the puppy so he associates a good treat with anyone who comes to your house. But don’t forget good manners: your little one should always sit first for the stranger before getting the goody.

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Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.

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