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Australian-Shepherd-Lovers.com Newsletter #018

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Getting the New Year Off to a Good Start

Well, the New Year is well under way and I hope this finds you and yours doing well. If you have a puppy you'll want to get off on the right foot, especially if you have children. Teaching your kids about responsible dog ownership are values that will serve them well for the rest of their lives. As all Aussie Lovers know, what we give them is little compared to what they give us and our families in return.

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In This Issue:

- Teaching Your Kids How To Be A Responsible Dog Owner

- Specials and Coupon Codes

- The Australian Shepherd Annual

- Aussome Aussie Stories: Cody Bear - Our Truly Amazing Aussie!

- Photo of the Month

- Dog Quote for Today

Children & Puppies: Teaching Your Kids How To Be A Responsible Dog Owner

As soon as your new puppy arrives at your home for the very first time, you should get started on the training process immediately. Successful puppy training can be a pleasant and rewarding experience to everyone, so long as you start early and remain consistent week after week, month after month, and yes – year after year!

Prepare Ahead Of Time Before Your Puppy's Arrival

To make the process more effective, everyone in the household should be involved in training the new member of the family, including your kids. Your child's participation with training the puppy will not only give him/her a feeling of pride and value, but it is also a great way for the child to learn about responsibilities and caring for others. In addition, involving your child in training the puppy is the fastest way for the two to build a healthy friendship together, and fast!

Ways To Involve Your Child In Training Your Puppy

Keep in mind that no matter how responsible your child may be, it is not a good idea to give her the full responsibilities of taking care of the new puppy. Even if you had adopted the puppy for her, it is still your responsibility to ensure that your pet is well cared for. However, there are lots of ways for your child to contribute.

Below are some of the things that she can do to participate in caring for your new puppy.

1. Prior to the puppy's arrival, your child can help pick out puppy supplies. Before you go to the store to buy the things that your puppy needs, create a checklist at home. Take her to the store and have her read the list and help pick out the supplies. Ask for suggestions on which color or shape to pick. This first step will put her in the mindset of sharing the responsibility of taking care of the new pup.

2. Your child can also help set up the puppy's new living area. Have a basket where you can store the pup's toys and have your child put the toys in it. She can put the cushion inside the crate and then place the food and water dish in its appropriate area.

3. Last, but not least; your child can help in giving the new puppy lots of love and attention. This, of course, should be done under close supervision of an adult, particularly during the puppy's first few days home.

Training Your Dog or Puppy?
If you are looking for info about training your Aussie try Secrets To Dog Training by Daniel Stevens and Puppy and Dog Training by Dove Cresswell.

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The Australian Shepherd Annual 2009 from Hoflin Publishing

Breeder Anne Calmes, a contributor to Australian-Shepherd-Lovers.com has been featured in the Australian Shepherd Annual 2009 from Hoflin Publishing. Congratulations Anne on your well deserved recognition.

>> Australian Shepherd Annual

Aussome Aussie Stories: Mountie, Please Meet The World!

Thanks to everyone who has submitted your Aussie stories and photos! H. Wayne McMullen got a puppy for his son this Christmas and shares his story of their newest family member, Mountie. I love the picture he sent in with this story too. Check it out at the link below.

Do you have a great story to tell about your Aussie? Can you help answer questions that other Aussie owners have?

>> Aussome Aussie Stories - Mountie

Photo of the Month

I love the subdued colors and intensity of the gaze in this photo. This Aussie's ice-blue eyes command the focus of this photo taken on a crisp winter day. Thanks to Natalia Sobczak for sending in this Aussome pic.

>> Australian Shepherd Photo of the Month

Dog Quote for Today

"Money will buy a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail."

- Josh Billings

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