Household Etiquette

From the first day you bring your puppy home, there are a few “etiquettes” that the puppy needs to learn. One being house training, two being chew toy training, and three teaching your dog alternatives to recreational barking. Its very important to be consistent in your training and have each family member being consistent with you. The training program will have confined areas that the pup can spend his time as well as a wide variety of chew toys (Kong’s, biscuit balls, sterilized long bones) stuffed with kibble n wet food, or other yummy low calorie snacks.

Wet food is great for hydration and simple behavior problems are preventable. It is extremely important that the pup adheres to household etiquette when unsupervised as well.

Puppy Is Home Alone

We do not want the puppy to be anxious when you are not home. We want to make sure that the puppy is excited that you are leaving because we provide him with a yummy Kong filled with yummies to fill the pastime. When a puppy is anxious he will do all the behaviors that we would rather have him not do, such as barking, chewing, digging, urinating more frequently, etc… Your puppy needs to be trained how to entertain himself quietly, calmly and confidently, since we do not want him to be stressed when he is left alone. Even when we are home, its important for the puppy to entertain himself at certain times as well. Even though we love to play with the puppy constantly, its smarter to not always smother the puppy with affection. Teaching the puppy to enjoy quiet moments by himself will solve many possible behavioral outbreaks from happening. Provide some occupational therapy for him such as a chew toy to busy himself and pass the time.

Socialization With People (Before 12 Weeks Of Age – 3 Months)

Well socialized dogs are confident and friendly rather than fearful and aggressive. We need to be consistent and show all family members and friends how to train the puppy to come, sit, lay down, etc… We also need to make sure we touch the puppy on his feet and on his belie and his ears so that he gets used to being touched. This is important for vet visits. We do this by giving him little bits of kibble as we touch him on his body. Before they attend puppy class at 3 months they need to have met loads of people and experienced their smells, noises, manners, movements, etc… Introduce him to 100 different people in first month.

The puppy needs to develop a soft mouth and inhibit the force of bite. By chewing on humans hands or body parts, we need to teach them when it is too hard and also substitute a chew toy for our body part. Remember,. socialization must never end. In addition, the adolescent dog will begin to de-socialize unless you continues to have him meet unfamiliar people and other dogs every day.

Dog-to-Dog Socialization (Between 3 and 4 Months Old)

Puppy classes, long walks, dog parks (depending – these are not always appropriate for every temperament of dog, nor is it always a safe place for the dogs)

When on the trails, dog parks, or in neighborhood where you walk, start practicing recall. Make it fun! You can turn it into a game and really have your dog enjoy and learn the recall. Make it a big to do when your pup runs back to you. Treat treat treat your puppy and be so happy that he is coming to you!

Well socialized dogs would rather play and bite more gently (play fighting) than bite and fight.

Sit And Settle Down Commands

You can begin anytime when you like your puppy to listen to you.

The first couple of important training tips are “leave it”, “come,” “sit “and “settle down. ” You can teach these commands and other commands at anytime you would like. Its fun to teach commands and it will help the little one adjust and bond to you and your family. Let dogs be dogs, but a little training will help set everyone up for success and there will be less frustration, in addition to being safe when out and about in the big world for them.

Bite Inhibition (By 4 Months Old – 18 Weeks)

A soft mouth is single most important quality for any dog. Hopefully your dog will never bite or fight but if he does a well established bite inhibition ensures that your dog causes little if any damage.

Socialize your puppy and continue to socialize daily. It helps build his confidence so that he is able to comfortably handle all the challenges and changes of everyday adult life.

Dogs will growl and bite so the bite inhibition learned in puppyhood predetermines the seriousness of the damage.

Adult dogs with poor bite inhibition rarely mouth and seldom bite. But when they do the bite almost always breaks the skin. Adult dogs with a well established bite inhibition often mouth during play, and should they bite, the bite almost never breaks skin because during puppyhood the dog has learned how to register a complaint without inflicting damage.

Bite inhibition is one of the most misunderstood aspects of behavioral development in dogs. Many guardians make the huge mistake of stopping their puppy from mouthing all together. If a pup is not allowed to play bite he will not be able to develop a reliable bite inhibition. Pups are born virtual biting machines with sharp teeth. It is SUPER important that they learn biting hurts before they develop the jaw strength that could cause appreciable harm. However, they can not learn to inhibit the force of their bites if they are never allowed to play bite and play fight.

Bite inhibition training comprises first teaching the puppy to progressively inhibit the force of its bites until painfully puppy play biting is toned down and transformed into gentle puppy mouthing, and then teaching him to progressively inhibit the incidence of her mouthing. The puppy learns that mouthing is by and large inappropriate and that any pressured bite is absolutely unacceptable.

The more the pup bites in the first four months, the safer his jaws will be as an adult since she has had more opportunities to learn that biting hurts.

The Most Important Things to Teach Your Puppy

  1. Bite inhibition
  2. Socialization with people
  3. Household etiquette
  4. Home alone
  5. Sit and settle down
  6. Dog-to-dog socialization.

The Most Urgent Things to Teach Your Puppy

  1. Household etiquette
  2. Home alone
  3. Socialization with people
  4. Dog-to-dog socialization
  5. Sit and settle down
  6. Bite inhibition.
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