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Puppy Love Requires Patience and Discipline
« on: April 17, 2009, 08:20:17 PM »
PUPPY LOVE REQUIRES PATIENCE AND DISCIPLINE


You can see in your puppy today what our ancestors saw when this astonishing trans-species relationship was just forming. In the eyes of that wolf cub thousands of years ago was the same thing that anyone who has ever taken home a puppy since canít help but notice:  The beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Thereís no doubt, though, that many of these beautiful beginnings go badly wrong, and experts spend a great deal of time trying to find out why in hopes of stemming the flow of half-grown dogs into the nationís shelters. Wrong choices, bad timing and poor planning all play a part, but in many instances ďtoo littleĒ is the sorry epitaph that marks the end of a once-promising relationship. Too little time, too little training.

You donít want this to happen to you and your new puppy. Your concern is for your puppy and making sure he turns out the way you want him to. You donít want to be living with a canine terror a year from now, and you certainly donít want to be finding him another home because you canít handle him anymore.

You can make up a lot of ground with a puppy who wasnít raised under the best of circumstances before you got him, or you can totally undo the careful breeding and handling of your pup by a knowledgeable and reputable breeder. The decision is completely up to you. Ignore your puppy or raise him wrong, and youíll both be sorry.

Forget everything you ever heard about starting training at 6 months. Your puppy starts learning the moment heís born. By the time you get him, at 7 to 10 weeks of age, heís as absorbent as a bath towel, taking in the sights and sounds of his world and trying to figure out his place in it. The answer he arrives at on his own may be quite different from the one you want him to have, which is why you need to be involved in the process.

Itís not that complicated, really. Your puppy wants to be part of your family, and he craves loving leadership. Just keep a few things in mind as you enjoy your youngster.

∑   Bond with your puppy. Dogs are social animals. Donít throw your pup into the backyard, however nice the dog house youíve put there. Make your pup a member of your family.

∑   Socialize your puppy. Be careful with this until all the puppy shots are doneóno parks or areas where other dogs frequent. You donít want your puppy getting sick. But after the veterinarian gives the go-ahead, pull out all the stops. Expose your pup to all the sights, sounds, smells, people and other animals that you can.

∑   Never let your puppy do anything you wouldnít want a grown dog to do. Puppies jumping up are cute. Dogs doing the same are not. Itís always easier to prevent a problem than to try to fix it later.

∑   Teach your puppy using positive methods, and make training fun! The dog-training world has made great strides in developing positive training techniques. Find a book, a tape, a classóor all threeóthat will help you make the most of these exciting new ways to train. And donít overlook a puppy class: Theyíre great for socialization.

∑   Realize your puppy will make mistakes, and donít get angry when he does. Puppies are babies! Donít expect perfection and donít be heavy-handed. Itís better to distract and redirect puppies than to punish them.

Love your puppy, play with your puppy, enjoy your puppy. But you should alwaysóalwaysóbe thinking of how youíre molding this little baby into the confident, obedient dog of your dreams. Time passes all too quickly in the life a puppy. A couple of critical weeks, once past, are gone forever. So take the time. Make the effort.  And donít delay.

By:  Gina Spadafori



~AM Murphy, Flying W Farms (B: 1.23.05 ~ Rufus & Kady) CGC, Therapy Dogs International, Inc., RIP 8.22.2016
~Epileptic GSD mix Annie (B: 10.4.04 ~ adopted 5.06) RIP 5.17.08
~EM Frankie (B: 11.11.01 ~ adopted 10.07) RIP 10.28.09
~Epileptic AM Brody, Orion Farms (B: 9.11.09 ~ Merlin & Pandora ~ adopted 4.2.10) RIP 6.15.13
~EM Maggie (B: 10.17.05 ~ adopted 12.06) RIP 12.1.2013
~Chihuahua mix, Daisy (B: approx 2003 ~ adopted 11.09) RIP 1.31.2014

*You get out of a dog only what you are willing to put into it.

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Re: Puppy Love Requires Patience and Discipline
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2013, 08:33:18 PM »
:bump:
~AM Murphy, Flying W Farms (B: 1.23.05 ~ Rufus & Kady) CGC, Therapy Dogs International, Inc., RIP 8.22.2016
~Epileptic GSD mix Annie (B: 10.4.04 ~ adopted 5.06) RIP 5.17.08
~EM Frankie (B: 11.11.01 ~ adopted 10.07) RIP 10.28.09
~Epileptic AM Brody, Orion Farms (B: 9.11.09 ~ Merlin & Pandora ~ adopted 4.2.10) RIP 6.15.13
~EM Maggie (B: 10.17.05 ~ adopted 12.06) RIP 12.1.2013
~Chihuahua mix, Daisy (B: approx 2003 ~ adopted 11.09) RIP 1.31.2014

*You get out of a dog only what you are willing to put into it.

 

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