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    Looking to start my pup with the Hillmann DVD. My question is what age do I start day 1
    Thanks in advance for the info

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    Hillmann's puppy Nick Jr. was 11 weeks old on day one. Start when you are ready though, every puppy is different.

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    Before I start day one is there anything I should be doing to prepare the pup,besides bonding with him and socialization?

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    Yes - learning how to take ownership will get you a long way over the course of training your dog.
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    Thanks: I will be crate training the pup (picking him up tomorrow). During the night should I keep his crate in my bedroom...or place him in another room

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    I kept my pups crate in my room with me so he didn't feel so alone the first night, going from having littermates to being in a kennel is a big deal to them. Take an old shirt with you and rub the mom if she's around and leave it with him in the kennel so he feels comfortable.

    You can put a light rope/leash on him/her and spend quality time with them and just bond for now.

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    I used the Hillmann DVD for my now 9 month old pup and loved it. Built a great foundation and it was easy to understand for a first time trainer. My #1 piece of advice is to watch it from start to finish several times before you begin training. Sounds obvious, but it will give you a better idea of what you are trying to accomplish and what a "finished product" looks like when you finish the program, so you know what to focus on. We started at 12 weeks and finished at 22 weeks repeating several "days" until we had it down. Take your time and have fun!

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