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By NICOLE HERD -- VET NURSE
It is important to start training your puppy
as soon as you bring it home.
The best time to train is when there are
not any distractions around and when the
room is quiet. This is so you have your
puppy's full attention.
By following the points below, your pup
will soon be sitting like a champ.
Get some of its favourite treats. Try to
make them soft treats and in small
pieces, so that it is easier and faster for
your puppy to eat them. Small pieces of
sausage are great.
You can either stand up or sit down in front
of your puppy. Put the treat just in front of
its nose and slowly move the treat above its
head. Doing this will make your puppy either
back up or sit down. Sitting down is the
As soon as it sits, say the word sit'',
and give it the treat. The reward has to
come at exactly the same time as it does the
Praise your puppy. Give it a pat. Show your
joy with your voice as well as with your body
language. By praising your puppy, it will
know it has done the right thing.
Repeat it three to five times in one session,
several times a day.
It is important not to make the training
session too long -- roughly around five
minutes is plenty. Stop training if your
puppy loses interest and try to end the train-
ing on a high note.
It is important to make it very clear what
you are asking it to do. And do not expect
your puppy to learn this, then never forget it.
It is up to you to reinforce the meaning of
your command through repetition and con-
sistency throughout your dog's life.
If you have any questions about training
your puppy, then you can contact your local
Gift fit for a future king
FINE, PURE: This knitted blanket, made from fine, hand-spun merino
wool, has been sent to London for baby George, Prince of Cambridge.
FINE, HAND-SPUN merino
fleece from Canterbury has
been delivered to Clarence
House in London this week, in
the form of a knitted baby
blanket and baby clothes fit
for a future king.
The gift was mailed to
Prince Charles -- instigator
and patron of the Campaign
for Wool -- to mark the birth of
his first grandchild on July 22.
Also in the package was a
copy of the New Zealand book,
The World of Coloured Sheep.
The fleece came from a
pure-bred merino, which was
raised at Rosebank, the
Rakaia property of Jim and
Its fine, multi-coloured
fleece, of 16-18 microns, was
washed, combed, lovingly
hand-spun and finally knitted
by members of the Black and
Coloured Sheep Breeders'
Association, for the new royal,
baby George Alexander Louis,
the Prince of Cambridge.
The package contained a
delicate cot blanket, little hat,
singlet and booties.
Georgie Fairless, of Little
River, also enclosed a letter
to Prince Charles. She com-
mended the book, edited by
Roger Lundie and Elspeth
Wilkinson, which includes
contributions from members,
and gave the New Zealand
We would be honoured if
the baby prince's parents
would accept our gift. It's the
finest wool, fit for royalty,''
The association's world con-
gress will be held in May next
year, in Rambouillet, France.
Room 5 at
If your child has started school
recently and you would like their
photo published free in the Central
Canterbury News, email a hi-res
image to mat.kermeen@ccnews
.co.nz or phone 943 2826.
Status quo endures --
a spade is a spade
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Bag 4722, Christchurch 8140.
With so many contenders running for the
mayoralty, I think it would be prudent for
Mayor Coe to step down gracefully.
And would I choose the deputy mayor?
The only thing I have in common
with Sarah Walters is that we have
That is where the similarity ends.
Browsing the Central Canterbury News
article (July 10), it says she intends to focus
on council services, representation, financial
and environmental issues''.
Great, but the environment does not seem
to have as much priority.
I voted for her in 2007, and around 2009,
she voted for the motion to loan CPW money
for resource consents.
As far as I was concerned, that was a
slap in the face for the Green movement and
In the Central Canterbury News it said
she enjoyed a rapid rise up the ranks when
she was voted in as deputy mayor''.
She talks about the moment you stop
innovating, you go backwards''.
So for her, progress'' was backing the
pool, looking after the status quo and her
back yard. Dr Olive Webb, however, is going
in there to kick a few butts.
And why not?
Let's call a shovel a shovel.
Brian Francis Orsen
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