Five - Boo!
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.
many new things to Puppy saying, "This is fun!" Show
Puppy by your example that things
are not scary. You move toward objects of concern with a
relaxed posture, calming sighs and "lovey" talk, "What
a nice baby - ahh so cute!" Help Puppy to see you relaxed - not fearful or
Don't use force! Instead, allow time to "decay"
any fears. Imagine Puppy thinking, "well, it
hasn't attacked me yet, maybe it's NOT a threat."
Praise Puppy any signs of bravery. Ignore
all signs of fear - don't even talk to or look at
Puppy - talk to the object.
Introduce babies, toddlers, cats,
rabbits, funny hats, umbrellas, hair dryers,
wheel chairs, shopping carts, vacuums, fireworks, mail boxes, skateboards,
bicycles, grooming tools, bathtubs, tooth brushes,
etc. Never allow Puppy
to panic. Go slowly and keep all learning a
Powerful, friendly cookie givers...
Make all children
"cookie givers" - asking older children to request a
sit for the "cookie". You stand behind the
child as "back-up" and to help them hold
and release the treat for a sit. If you pup
jumps at faces, put your thumb in the collar of the
leash when the pup is sitting to allow children to
approach without the pup jumping on them.
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