Have a plan of how you want the household to operate BEFORE the dog gets there! Is he allowed on the furniture or not? Will he sleep in a crate or in the bedroom or somewhere else? Does he get treats from the table? Etc. If you're not sure what you want from him when he gets there, he will be confused. Make sure you can devote extra time to training him at the beginning. If you teach him the rules right from the start he won't develop bad habits and you will set him up for success.
PS. I know things can go flying out the window once the dog is there and you find out what works and what doesn't, but I think it's a good idea to at least have an idea of how you want things to work.
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Last edited by mtmaughan; 07-23-2009 at 10:05 PM.