Puppies Are Wonderful Sidekicks Training and Behavior Modification
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
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
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.
A few weeks ago I was in my car waiting for my pizza to be done so I could take it home. A woman walks past my car with her dog, a lab mix, on a flexi lead. She had a baggie of poop in one hand and she was holding the leash with the other. Two blocks ahead, and on the opposite side of the road, another dog was walking in our direction. The lab mix started to bark, pull on the leash, and started spinning around his owner. The owner in her struggle to control her dog, ended up with the baggie of poop all over her.
Do you have a room in your house that you just don't want your dog to go into? At my house it's the laundry room. I keep the litter box in there, along with all the cat food (indoor and outdoor cat food). Just things I don't want to worry about my dogs getting into. There's no need for them to be in there, so I taught them that room is off limits.
It's a very simple process...consistency is the key.
- You start with 3-5 strips ofnylon, (preferably in abright color; the color is for you not your sidekick), and
5 Steps on How to Teach Your Dog or Puppy to Fetch
What you'll need
- 2 squeaky toys
- 2 balls
- Yummy treats
- A long line if working outside without a fence
- A well rested puppy.
- Lots of patience and laughter!!
Step 1 Shaping the fetch
- You'll practice this step the longest. Do this for the next 2-3 weeks. Start with very short periods of time about 2-5 minutes, several times a day. Slowly increase the time you spend on this to 10 minutes or less.
In the last few years, a lot has changed about dogs and dog training. We know so much more about dogs and the way they learn than we did 10, 20, 30 and even 50 years ago. Dog training really started during WWI, and since then has evolved in the billion dollar industry that it is today.
One of the best things that happened to dog training is positive reinforcement.
One of the many things I have to deal with on a fairly regular basis is dog bites. I have worked with hundreds of dogs that have aggression issues, and more than half of those dogs have bitten in the past. There are many types of aggression, and aggression can be directed toward people, other dogs, or animals. Here are a few statistics about dog bites in the US since 1975. All of these statistics were found on the site of