puppy training for both first time puppy parents as well as those with puppy raising experience
Are you a first time puppy owner or do you have questions about your new puppy? We have years of experience
helping owners overcome the difficulties of puppy parenthood. I’m sure we can help you too.
The puppy training section of our site will answer some important question you may have about owning and
raising your pup.
puppy training, how is it different than training an adolescent or adult dog?
Puppy training in many
ways is easier than training an adult dog, in that puppies have just not yet had a chance to learn how to respond to their
environments. This means you get to teach your puppy how to behave properly right from the beginning. It is sometimes easier
to do things right or according to the systems (house) rules if the individual does not already have a history of behaving
in a certain way. A great example is the act of the puppy jumping to great people.
Puppy training tip
If you can structure the environment in such a way that the puppy is never rewarded for jumping and make
sure the puppy is consistently rewarded for sitting instead, you will have an adult dog that doesn’t jump when greeting
people. In fact an adult dog with this type of history will impress your friends by sitting when it greets guests.
There are other great instances of this principal, such as getting your new puppy accustomed to going potty
on a particular kind of surface. An example may be teaching your pup to potty on gravel and it will be less likely to go on
surfaces unlike gravel. I find this principle particularly troublesome when dogs stay with me that where conditioned as young
pups to potty on concrete. When these dogs stay with me for a short amount of time it can be almost impossible to recondition
them to potty in a more hygienically appropriate area of my yard.
A good deal of this resistance to change can be explained by the phenomena of imprinting. There are certain
times when a puppy’s brain is developing in a way that enables life experiences and successful behavior to become permanently
wired connections. By training at this age you are actually building your puppy’s brain and its future behavior.
During puppy training you need to remember, puppies don’t have the endurance of an adolescent or adult
dog. Puppies can be very active for short amounts of time and then they need to rest and sleep. Some believe this rest helps
the puppy build those important brain connections, as well as the muscle and bones of a developing body.
When puppy training we must respect, understand, and use the rules Mother Nature has imposed upon the system
we experience as a developing individual.