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    Properly Socializing Your Puppy

    (and the people who greet him!)  Socializing your puppy is extremely important. However, socializing your puppy in the wrong way can do more harm than good. To properly socialize your puppy, you must provide the experiences and training that will build a foundation for him to function successfully in the world he shares with you. In other words, you must teach your puppy to greet and interact with others appropriately and to remain calm and behave well in a variety of situations.  Along the way, you may also need to teach some people the appropriate way to greet a puppy!  How Exciting  People tend to get excited when they see a puppy. They may squeal, giggle, jump, and rush toward your pup with…

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    Attention and Affection: The Right Kind at the Right Time

     Most of us have heard of the studies that show how the simple act of petting a dog can provide significant health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure. It’s amazing that such a simple act could work such wonders! But is it a simple act? Not really. Like all social interactions, giving attention to your dog can communicate different messages, depending on the context. Giving your dog the wrong kind of attention, or giving attention at the wrong time can result in unwanted behaviors that are more likely to raise your blood pressure than lower it!   Don’t communicate the wrong message.  You are your dog’s leader.  Attention should be given on your terms, not when your dog demands it. Giving in…

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    8 Stages of Puppy Development

    A puppy’s education begins from the moment of its birth. A pup’s mother teaches it how to interact with her, with littermates, and with other dogs. While they are still with their mother, puppies begin to understand the hierarchy of group life. During this time, the mother dog is also teaching them how to eat, defecate, play, and how to be alone for periods of time, as well as other important social skills.   Most pups leave the litter and begin living with a human group when they are about 2 months old. At this point, humans must pick up where a pup’s mother left off. When you bring your pup…

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    Friend or Leader

    Once you bring a puppy home it is exceedingly easy to treat him like one of the family.   The puppy and becomes another child.  In this case your new puppy or dog now considers you a littermate, pack mate or friend, not a leader.  For some dogs this is not a problem, for other dogs you can begin to see how your new puppy or dog tests you to see if you are going to step up to the plate and become ALPHA.  Dog Behavior:  Being your dog’s leader is the foundation for dog training.  Dogs live in a pack environment similar to the wolf pack and to the human…

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    Where to get a puppy or dog

    The first step on the road to owning a dog is to ask yourself some tough questions?  Why do you want a dog?  Can you afford it?  Are you prepared to take care of the dog the rest of his life?  Do you have time to commit to this dog?  Do you have time to spend the next two years training this dog?  Do you have time for daily exercise or walks?  If you answered yes to the above, let’s look at some options to find your perfect dog.  This is going to take some time.  Just like you are not meant to marry every person you date, every dog’s temperament…

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    Train with your dog using your Head not your Heart

    When training your dog it is most important to step out of the rule of parent and step into the rule of teacher and rule maker.  Dogs are guided by instincts not emotions. They do not look to a kind and loving Alpha pack member but rather a strong and dominant leader who is guided by his or her head and makes decisions based on what is good for the pack as a whole.  The Whelping of Puppies:  As the puppies are being born, the mother dog or “Dam” is the one who cleans and makes sure each puppy is breathing.  She licks each puppy to stimulate the puppy to…

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    Nuisance Behavior

    Since when did nuisance behavior like barking, jumping, relieving themselves indoors and mouthing become acceptable behaviors for a puppy?  While this is normal puppy behavior it is far from acceptable.  Puppies that are allowed to continue this behavior grow up to be nuisance barkers, bullies and markers (lift their legs on everything).    Why Puppy Training?  Puppy training was created as a way to teach good manners before bad manners become a habit.  If you wait until your dog is 7 months old, yes, he can still learn but many of his bad manners are now habits.  Habits are harder to break than teaching good manners from the start.  Puppies are…