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Picking up my new puppy (collie male - 11 weeks old) on monday. I've done alot of reading and have all the basic equipment. I'm rescuing him from the local rescue centre, mother and siblings were all taken off a farm where they were kept in dark dirty outbuilding. I know his socialisation etc will be well behind and all the problems etc to expect. Have had several collies in the past too. Has had no training whatsoever, so i need recommendations especially as regards toilet training, has so far eliminated everywhere at the rescue centre has only been their a couple of days. Should i take him out every hour to begin with? What about the rare times i have to leave him for a short period? Also what do i need to concentrate on training wise? I want to come up with a socialising/training rountine to help get him back on track asap.
 

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Thanks, he's settling in well, i'm watching him like a hawk and we're going out every hour. I've let him settle in the first 24 hours with little formal training, now plan to get started properly. He's adorable and becoming more confident already.
 

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You have a good start, you have not mentioned any crate work. Please get one to save you some future problems. I don't like the idea of formal training right now with the exception of a flat buckle collar and letting him drag a lead around in home. The rest will come later, there is no need to hurry. The new home adjustment is more important than confusing the program with formal work.
 

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I would bring him out to the park, or to the pet store (check on his shots situation first) and see how he reacts to different stimuli. Nothing too serious. Watch his body language when he meets strangers, other dogs, men, women, children. Take note of anything that makes him wary or afraid. Even if he doesn't flip out or appear dramatically frightened, be aware of anything that might even cause his tail to go down or his ears to go back. Bring treats with you. Make the outing a fun experience.

No need to start sit, stays or recalls just yet. Get him up to speed with socialisation and get him used to being outdoors. He may need to learn how to walk on a leash. Get him a bunch of different interactive toys; teach him how to learn. Bring him out of his shell. You can also start rewarding for behaviours you want -- like greeting people nicely instead of jumping, or chewing on his own toys instead of your furniture, or staying off the furniture (if you should so wish).
 
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