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Training Your Dog

The first six weeks

Puppies begin learning from the moment they are born. Although they not able to master tricks and commands in this early stage, puppies can learn to bond to human touch. Be careful and gentle with the puppy and always pet him under the supervision of a breeder, vet or other puppy expert, since the puppy requires special care at this young age.

Six to twelve weeks

Puppies are never too little to learn. Establishing routines, such as taking your puppy outside in the morning, after meals and before playing, will help in your training and housebreaking.

Remember intentional or not, you are constantly teaching your puppy.

* If you don't want your adult dog sleeping on the sofa, don't let your puppy sit on it.
* If you don't want your dog begging for your food, don't start feeding him table scraps.
* Unless you want to confuse your dog about biting behavior, don't let your puppy "teethe" on your fingers.
* Use common sense and ask yourself before you do anything with your puppy: Is this behavior something I want to encourage?

Three to six months

Once your puppy is three months he is old enough to begin understanding basic commands, like "Sit" "Stay" "Down" and "Quiet". Your puppy should also walk well on his leash, understand the word "NO!" and know the proper place to go to the bathroom.

Remember that training a puppy takes time and patience. If you want a well-behaved puppy, you will have to spend time training him in the puppy stages. Make time for at least one, preferably two, short training sessions every day.

Six months to one year

Your puppy now has the required stamina for longer training sessions. This is the ideal time to introduce commands such as the "Long Sit" and "Long Down". Teaching your puppy these commands will help your puppy sit and lay longer - anywhere from five minutes to a half-hour - depending how long you and your puppy work together. Remember to play with your puppy and let him run for five or ten minutes before beginning any long command training session to release any pent up energy that may distract him from his lessons.

The second year

At this point in your dog's development, you can begin to introduce new privileges and responsibilities. For example, you might introduce your puppy to sleeping outside of his crate. For many owners, the companionship of having their puppy sleep in their room is quite appealing, providing a warm feeling of security and warmth. However, letting your puppy sleep in your room is something you should only allow if you have clearly established yourself as the leader - otherwise your puppy will have the bed and you'll have the floor. This arrangement could lead to some pretty sleepless nights!

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Stray Dog Denim dedicated to helping stray dogs find their forever homes in Los Angeles

True to its name, Stray Dog Denim is dedicated to animal rescue. They help to promote adoptions through social media, and look forward to more partnerships with animal welfare groups. "We want to ensure that even the scruffiest of dogs find their soul-mate. Sometimes all it takes is a little love and kindness to bring out the true personality of a shelter dog," says Rovin, who has trained two rescue dogs for therapy work in nursing homes. The company plans to encourage others down this path with "canine good citizen" training resources.

Lead designer, Sasha Rovin, came up with the idea for the brand when she struggled to find suitable garb for her edgy rescue dog, Scraps. Found on the streets of Los Angeles, Scraps needed outerwear that reflected his no-nonsense sensibility - hip, understated, durable and, of course, comfy.

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Meet Amma, the 65-year-old ragpicker from Delhi who takes care of 400 stray dogs

She lives in a shack in Saket in southern Delhi and earns about Rs 200 (around 3.25 USD) a day, almost all of which she spends on the neighbourhood dogs. This is the story of Pratima Devi, a 65-year-old ragpicker who takes care of almost 400 dogs every day.

A saviour for stray dogs

After moving to Delhi about 30 years ago, Pratima initially started working as a cook for a few households in the city. After a few years, she started a cigarette shop at the PVR Anupam Complex in Saket, when she started to look after the dogs in the neighbourhood. When her shop was broken down by the police and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), she started working as a scavenger, collecting waste from nearby shops and offices and selling it, after segregation, for a meagre amount of money.

The number of dogs that she started caring for grew in no time, and one day she found herself feeding and caring for almost 400 dogs on a daily basis.

Married at a young age, Pratima ran away from Nandigram, her village in West Bengal, to make a life for herself in New Delhi. Coming from a dysfunctional home and having suffered marital abuse, Pratima finds the company of dogs much more endearing and comforting than the company of fellow human beings. Taking care of our furry friends isn’t new to her — even back in her village, she had a few stray dogs that she would feed and take care of regularly. All these dogs have become her family.

Pratima takes care of the dogs’ every need. She feeds them twice a day, gives them milk in the evening. and takes care of all their medical expenditure including vaccinations and treatments. Pratima takes the dogs to Friendicoes, an animal welfare organisation, during emergencies. Pratima has been receiving undying support from this institution. She visits them quite often in case of accidents, illness, or health-related issues of the dogs. Friendicoes even helps Pratima get the dogs neutered and vaccinated.

An inspiration for many

The story of Amma, the stray dog saviour, has reached far and wide. A lot of dog lovers visit her and offer her help. Amma allows the people who visit her to adopt puppies, and in this manner, several disabled canines have also found good homes.

Inspired by Pratima’s noble and selfless deeds, Sudeshna Guha Roy, an independent filmmaker, decided to make a documentary on her. Sudeshna, talking about how she met Pratima, says, “My team and I had enrolled for a social film-making competition and we were looking for subjects for the film when my mother told me about Pratima Devi.

Inspired by her work and moved by the desire to help Amma and her children, Sudeshna has been running a crowdfunding campaign to help Pratima improve her condition. “Pratima has been working hard day and night, with every penny going in to take care of these stray dogs. She receives a new puppy almost every week. The number of her 'children' is ever increasing, so is her expenditure,” says Sudeshna.

Pratima doesn’t have the money to buy her own medicines or fix her broken-down roof, and yet she does everything possible to take care of these dogs with all she can, while she can.

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