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Training Charlie Brown Weeks 12-16

Training Charlie Brown Weeks 12-16

Charlie is growing so quickly! At twelve weeks Charlie weighed in at 24 pounds, and now he’s 39 pounds. (that’s close to four pound gain a week!!) He has more than tripled his weight at 8 weeks when I brought him home. He’s lost all of his puppy fur and now looks like a little dog. His color is as that breeder predicted all brown. He is now all up to date on his vaccines and at 16 weeks just received his rabies, last distemper series, and bordetella. Charlie had a few firsts this month; his first time in the water, first camp fire, and first Thanksgiving.

Training Charlie Brown Weeks 8-12

Training Charlie Brown Weeks 8-12

Charlie Brown #ChessieCharlie
Charlie has been with me now for four weeks. It’s hard to imagine that he is already twelve weeks old! The last four weeks have been packed full of training. Most training classes like to wait until the puppy is at least four months old, to prevent an under-vaccinated puppy from getting sick, but that shouldn’t mean waiting until four months to start doing any training. Every interaction you have with your new puppy, (or dog) especially in the first four weeks, influences their behavior for the rest of their lives.

Socializing Charlie Brown

Socializing Charlie Brown

As a behaviorist and trainer, I cannot stress enough the importance of early socialization for puppies to be able to grow into friendly, confident members of your family.  Socialization means to give your puppy positive exposure to everything they might come across as an adult dog. This needs to be done in a planned out and careful way, and if done poorly, it will most likely do more harm than good. Most of the dogs I work with that are suspected of abuse, most likely are under-socialized and not abused.

Finding Charlie Brown

Finding Charlie Brown

Blackwood Charlie Brown  #ChessieCharlie
My search for Charlie started in the spring of 2015.  I had decided I was ready and needed to narrow down what kind of dog I was going to get.  So many to choose from and now that Charlie is with me I often get asked, “why a Chesapeake Bay Retriever?” (Chessie for short)  It’s simple really…I like the breed.  I like that they’re loyal, protective, intelligent, a high desire to be WITH people, a high desire to please, confident, and calmer than they look.  Chessie’s while not low shedding, they shed quite a bit less than a German Shepherds and Labs (which they often get confused for), and they’re very low maintenance with grooming.
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