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1. It is easier to prevent problems than to rectify them. It is never to soon to start even from a puppy stage.
2. Set the rules and stick to them.
3. Ensure that everyone in the family uses the same commands. Sit, down off (as in off the furniture)
4. Do you really want doggy hair and pawprints on the furniture, beds, duvets, etc? No? Make a no furniture rule and stick to it.
5. Reward good behaviour with lots of praise and treats, do training sessions before feeding, this is when your dog is eager to please.
6. Always use a lead, until your dog can be reliably expected to come to you, and use walks as an opportunity to practice commands.
7. Never run after your dog when its time to catch him ( he'll interpret this as a game), get him to come to you. Often it is better for you to walk in the opposite direction.
8. If you save the 'come' command for the end of the walk, your dog will associate this with the end of the fun; use it regularly, rewarding obedience with praise.
9. Never tell him off for coming to you, however long it takes.
10. Dogs do get bored. If you are out a lot during the day, he may chew and cause damage, keep him in a confined area with "occupational therapy" in the form of a special toy.
David the Dogman