to a sneak peak!
Day One - Wet Clay
A puppies brain is
like wet clay in the first few months of life and therefore,
Puppy's future personality and social skills are now the
easiest to mold. As that clay hardens, shaping Puppy's behavior
becomes more difficult.
Day Two -
The First 24
biggest mistakes people make in the first 24 hours with a new
Day Three - Haste Makes Waste
Here are common
mistakes that people make in the first week with new puppies.
Day Four - Say, "Please!"
Teach Puppy to "come" and "sit"
before EVERY meal and before getting attention, toys, walks, etc.
- Teach not Punish or Preach
One key to error-free puppy raising is
preventing bad habits AND teaching good ones. Ask yourself, "If this is
wrong (a behavior I don't want), what is right (a behavior I do want)?"
Day Six - Whose Toy Is It?
Here are two common mistakes people make
with new puppies that create adult dog problems such as destructive
chewing, digging, food bowl aggression, and hyperactivity.
Day Seven - Trust is a Must!
Imagine an adult dog that is easy for
you or anyone else to groom or examine
and one who loves to cuddle. Here are
two common mistakes people make with
young puppies that prevent them for
enjoying handling and human affection.
Day Eight - Puppy Brain Development
Puppy brain development is critically
influenced by what the puppy learns and experiences in the first few
months of life. You can make a significant difference in your dog's
personality and social skills if you learn how to make EVERY day count!(Learn
Nine - Canine NOT Human
You are more than half way through the
first 14 Days. Congratulations! Your relationship with
Puppy is a barometer of what you and Puppy are learning. Below
are facts to help prevent common misconceptions people have about dogs.
What we have here is a species-specific failure to
Day Ten - Huh?
You can teach your dog an English
vocabulary if your are patient, and understand that dogs learn in
different ways than people, then adjust your teaching methods. See
our topic on the
that learned over 200 words!
Day Eleven - Breakfast of Champions
Canines are pack animals. It is natural
for them to want to be indoors with the family and to be stressed by
isolation. Outdoor dogs are harder to train and have more stress-related
unwanted behaviors. Teach your dog house rules and keep the family
Day Twelve - Sweetest Sound on Earth
The best teaching methods are "hands
off" (no force) so the puppy needs to use his or her brain to figure out
what behaviors you want. Hand signals and sound signals help puppies
learn much faster than English vocabulary alone. Hearing one's name is
often considered the sweetest sound on earth. Use Puppy's name with
praise and once before giving a cue. Never use <<&key>>'s name in anger.
Day Thirteen - Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Puppies and children can be a
great mix as long as you provide 100% supervision and ongoing
instruction to both. Do not allow mistakes to happen when you are
NOT there. Here are common mistakes people make with children and
It's not fair... to give your
little puppy positive attention NOW for behaviors you don't want
LATER such as jumping up and licking your face. Your adult dog will
not realize that size matters!
Week Three - Whoa Nelly!
Insist that Puppy wait and allow you to go through
doorways first. This helps communicate that you expect respect. Canine's consider going through a
doorway first as a privilege of rank.
Week Four - Timing is
lunges at the cat, and you say, "Stop!"
or "No!" and the puppy stops and sits -
then you proceed to tell the puppy, "Bad
If you want to enjoy an
adult dog companion that is not easily scared or
fearful, you must teach Puppy that most
sights and sounds are NOT scary - this includes
going to the veterinarian, to the groomer, and
outside of the home.
Your puppy craves social interaction, therefore,
your attention. If you are playing a game, and the
puppy play bites your hands or clothing, simply stop
playing, turn your back and give the puppy a few
minutes of "time out" to calm down.
Seven - Give Your Dog a Paycheck
The reason to train with food is to
set up your puppy for success and make both learning for Puppy
and teaching for you much easier. Pair the treat with a
clicker for faster learning!
Eight - Mind and Body
are a great way to teach your dog to trust you. Once you have
earned your dog's trust, you will be able to touch your dog
anywhere, anytime you want and your dog will respond like a
floppy, unconcerned rag doll. Introduce these exercises when
your puppy has been exercised and is relaxed or tired.
Week Nine -
Allow the pup to chew on old shoes and socks, leave squeaky or plush
toys in the kennel with the puppy.
Right Move: Only allow
access to approved chew toys like Kongs, Nylabones, Sterilized
Bones, or Dental Ropes. It is safe for the puppy to try to destroy these
while confined in a portable kennel, x-pen, bathroom, etc.
Week Ten - Food and
Just as you may be more motivated by $100 than $10, you need to discover
what are low, medium and high value rewards for your puppy. For
example, kibble may be low, a cheerio - medium, and freeze-dried liver -
Week Eleven - On Your
It is very useful to you and your puppy if there's a place established
for your puppy to go to relax and settle. Canines understand "place" and
need to know they are in a safe, acceptable place.
Week Twelve - Canine
Unruly canine behaviors can often be prevented or solved simply by
reducing canine stress. Canines are intelligent, social creatures that
get cabin fever and are stressed by benign neglect that results from
many human lifestyles.
Week Thirteen - Reading
Your canine is very good at reading your body postures, movements and
facial expressions. How good are you at reading canine?
Improving the Relationships Between Pets and