Canine Companion conducts dog training classes in Fort Wayne, Huntington and surrounding communities and behavior consulting nationwide. Along with their combined 30 years experience and endorsement by national organizations, the lead trainers are all graduates of Purdue University’s DOGS! Program and have earned the title of Certified Pet Dog Trainer through the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.
Puppy Enters The Home – Now What
The thought of having a wonderful fun furry friend in your home is now a reality. Your children swore on whatever is precious to them, they would help or totally care for the puppy. Memory of your own youth served you well. The childhood puppy and how much fun it was coming through the door after a long day at school to be greeted with puppy breath and kisses. Wisdom gained only through age has you knowing, why your parents were always reminding you of your commitment. How you swore to do everything from feeding to walking and cleaning up after him. Now before your children are tucked in bed you have fed, walked, and cleaned up after their new puppy.
The fun thing about the past is, the present. Yet a puppy’s needs remain the same, but thank goodness the process of blending him into the family has greatly changed for the better. The past meant if your puppy “messed” in the house one solution may have been to rub his nose in it. Science and behavioral studies have now proven rubbing his nose in it does nothing to make him stop messing in the house. It will, however, cause him to find another area to eliminate and could produce a more fearful puppy when people reach for him. Studies tell us it’s best to clap your hands, interrupting the natural elimination process, followed by immediately taking him outside to the same potty area. Then remain quiet and still while patiently waiting for the job to be finished.
The past meant if your puppy grabbed a shoe, sock or magazine, you may have chased him screaming “no” throughout the house. Oh, how your reaction taught him a great game of “catch me if you can”, which was reinforced each time played. Now, you have the advantage of knowing how to turn that game around and let him chase you. Run away while making high pitched sounds and it causes your puppy to turn and chase you. Before reaching for the coveted item, give the puppy a tasty treat. As he takes the treat that shoe will automatically fall from his mouth and you’ve begun training the retrieve. By putting valuable items out of reach or behind closed doors for safe keeping you will be able to eliminate future chewing problems and enjoy your puppy even more.
Another old time favorite myth is, when your puppy is doing something wrong, for an example, chewing on a table leg and remember to a puppy the world is his chew toy, you should smack him with a newspaper. It, too, has been proven wrong, now you can read the newspaper by providing your puppy with plenty of interactive toys. These toys will keep the puppy entertained and teach him what is and is not appropriate to chew on.
Remember back to when you would never, ever think of putting your puppy in a crate. Many thought it to be equal to a solitary jail sentence. Thank goodness that one has changed. The crate, when properly used is now known to be a safe haven. A place he can go to rest or when in need of quiet time, his very own indoor den. There are many uses for a crate, an aid in house training, a safe place when he cannot be supervised and management when needed. There are many good reasons to use a crate properly, and none to abuse the use of a crate.
Times have changed, but not the reasons for kids still wanting their very own puppy or dog. The love and laughter received from a puppy or dog far exceeds the inconveniences.
Tip of the week: Squeaky and food stuff-able toys allow puppies and dogs to problem solve. When our canine friends have puzzle solving toys they remain contented and thus far less likely to be destructive. Today’s market offers many mentally challenging toys for your puppy or dog.