Tips and Puppy Training Pointers
and puppy training are of utmost importance as puppyhood is the most important
and critical time in your dog's development. What you do and do not do
right now will affect your dog's behavior forever.
for New Puppy Owners
socialized puppy is well adjusted and makes a good companion. It is neither
frightened by nor aggressive towards anyone or anything it would normally
meet in day to day living. An un-socialized dog is untrustworthy and an
unwanted liability. They often become fear-biters. Often they like to fight
with other dogs. They are difficult to train and are generally unpleasant
to be around. Unsocialized dogs cannot adapt to new situations and a simple
routine visit to the vet is a nightmare not only for the dog itself, but
for everyone involved. Don't let this happen to you and your dog. Start
socializing your new puppy NOW!
Taz out for a drive
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine agrees that the socialization
period lasts up to about 12 weeks (3 months) of age. However, at 12 weeks,
the puppy must continue socialization to refine its social skills. Socialization
most easily occurs before the puppy is 3 months old. Any later than that
and it becomes an excruciatingly difficult and time-consuming process that
very few owners have the time, energy, money or patience to cope with.
that each of the following events are pleasant and non-threatening. If
your puppy's first experience with something is painful and frightening,
you will be defeating your purpose. In fact, you will be creating a phobia
that will often last a lifetime. It's better to go too slow and assure
your puppy is not frightened or injured than to rush and force your pup
to meet new things and people.
* Invite friends
over to meet your pup. Include men, women, youngsters, oldsters, different
ethnic backgrounds, etc.
* Invite friendly,
healthy, vaccinated dogs, puppies and even cats to your home to meet and
play with your new puppy. Take your puppy to the homes of these pets, preferably
with dog-friendly cats.
* Carry your
pup to shopping centers, parks, school playgrounds, etc; places where there
are crowds of people and plenty of activity.
* Take your
puppy for short, frequent rides
in the car. Stop the car and let your puppy watch the world go by through
your puppy to umbrellas, bags, boxes, the vacuum cleaner, etc. Encourage
your puppy to explore and investigate his environment.
* Get your
puppy accustomed to seeing different and unfamiliar objects by creating
your own. Set a chair upside down. Lay the trash can (empty) on its side,
set up the ironing board right-side up one day and upside down the next
your puppy to new and various sounds. Loud,
obnoxious sounds should be introduced from a distance and gradually
your puppy to being brushed, bathed, inspected, having its nails clipped,
teeth and ears cleaned and all the routines of grooming and physical examination.
your puppy to stairs, his own collar
and leash. Introduce anything and everything you want your puppy to
be comfortable with and around. Socialization
* Do not put
your puppy on the ground where unknown animals have access. This is where
your puppy can pick up diseases. Wait until your puppy's shots are completed.
Do not let your pup socialize with dogs that appear sick or dogs that you
don't know, that may not be vaccinated.
* Do not reward
fearful behavior. In a well meaning attempt to sooth, encourage or calm
the puppy when it appears frightened, we often unintentionally reward the
behavior. It's normal for the puppy to show some signs of apprehension
when confronting anything new and different.
* Do not allow
the experience to be harmful, painful or excessively frightening. This
can cause lifetime phobias in your dog.
* Do not force
or rush your puppy. Let your puppy take things at his own pace. Your job
is to provide the opportunity.
* Do not do
too much at one time. Young puppies need a lot of sleep and tire quickly.
It is much more productive to have frequent and very brief exposures than
occasional prolonged exposures.
* DO NOT WAIT!!
Every day that goes by is an opportunity of a lifetime that is lost forever.
You can never get these days back. If socialization does not happen now,
it never will.
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