Raising a pup right: What are your tips?

Books. Chairs. Cabinet counters. My wife’s toes.

These are all things our new pup Lexi loves to chew on. We’re on day six with her, and so far Lexi is sleeping through the night, and we’re not having any messes in her crate or in the house. The chewing and the nipping is a bit of an issue, but I’m sure it will resolve itself soon.

For all you out there who’ve raised a pup before:  What tips and advice do you have for us? What did you do right? And what do you wish you had done differently? Please let us know.

Lexi loving the sun and clover in the back yard.
Lexi loving the sun and clover in the back yard.
Lexi loving the sun and clover in the back yard.
Lexi loving the sun and clover in the back yard.

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6 thoughts on “Raising a pup right: What are your tips?

  1. Be consistent when training pup. Ensure your future hunters success by letting them be a puppy.

  2. Gregg,

    She is awesome and I missed your last post otherwise I would have given you guys a huge CONGRATS….She is gorgeous brother!

    My advice……just love her to death. Can always replace couches, lamps, desks, chairs, decking, spindles for banisters, blankets, toothbrushes, shoes, TAXIDERMY (STILL PISSED AT THAT ONE) rare mayan artifacts, Jimmy Hoffa….did i miss anything?

    EP’s…they get agitated when they have confinement or are bored. Manifests in destruction. My Pup just turned 2 and is slowing down on those habits. been good for a couple of months. STUFF happens…oh well..we eat this stuff up right bud? lol BEST OF LUCK BUDDY…YOU GUYS DESERVE IT!



  3. Hello Gregg

    I am currently raising a 10 week old Cocker Rocket and what fun we are both having.
    They always say that Labradors (I have one aged 9) are born half-trained and Spaniels die half-trained so early discipline right from the off is the order of the day from my own experience with this breed. Never having trained an HPR it may be very different of course. So every feed is given once the puppy has learned to sit and wait for the command with the bowl temptingly placed on the floor before her. Using her name frequently to call her back on exercise seems to be working well so and hourly visits to the grass has been absolutely successful in house training. At six months with the basics of sitting, heeling and staying in place I will then be able to commence light training and gradually building up but never more than 10 minutes a day. These Cockers have a problem with concentration for any period longer than that. I will not be tempted to go near a shooting line until she is two, and even then she has to be completely biddable. Its no fun having a dog out for a day of sport if they’re out of touch with their master.

  4. My setter pup was voracious chewer. Ruined a couch (not a good one), some table legs and many pairs of shoes and slippers. Now, at four, he is incredibly soft mouthed. Wish I had an answer other than keep something non-destructible in her mouth and an eye on her at all times.

  5. Socialize, Socialize, Socialize!!! With other dogs, humans, non-game critters, etc.

    We have been raising and training gun dogs for nearly 5 decades now and all agree that the more well rounded a dog can be the better.

    Our dogs live in the house, sleep on kids beds, plat tug-o-war with everybody, etc. and despite the old “myths” to the contrary of the aforementioned can hold a candle to any doges we’ve ever hunted with.

    RULE #1: MAKE YOUR DOG A LOVING PET! The rest is pure instinct – add a little bit of training you’re good to go!

    RULE #2: Don’t be in a big hurry – It takes us nearly a full adult year to get our dogs really in the groove!

    Rule 3: We have NEVER and I mean NEVER used food as a hunting / training incentive!

    Really excited for y’all…New family members are a real blessing!


  6. Hi Gregg… First off… congratulations on your new pup. We are into week 2 with our new pup – “Keeper” (Striking Elhew Mack X Autumn Memory Micki) and also going through the puppy phase again.

    In addition to our own dogs which have all been family pets as well as hunting dogs, over the past decade we’ve raised 7 pups for a number of service organizations that provide seeing, hearing and special skills dogs. Each dog has been an individual with their own distinct personality, quirks and developed at a different pace.

    A few things to think about.
    Decide upfront what behaviours are acceptable and be consistent.
    Whoever coined the phrase “a tired dog is a happy dog” must have been thinking about pups. Lots of exercise and play! Their energy will be spent one-way or another.

    Chewing and biting are what pups do! The key is to redirect from the thing they shouldn’t be chewing to something they should. We have acquired a variety of kongs, nylabones, antlers and bully sticks over the years. These also help drain some of their never-ending energy.

    Take the pup with you everywhere you can.

    Consider clicker training, if you haven’t already. I’ve been training dogs for over 40yrs and started clicker training about 4yrs ago. The results are amazing and with I was even able to teach my 8yr old setter some things that were non-starters with him before.

    I highly recommend the following 2 books.
    The Puppy Primer by Patricia B. McConnell and Brenda Scidmore
    How to Raise the Perfect Dog by Cesar Millan

    Most important of all – HAVE FUN!

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