Puppy Myth Buster #7

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Answer: False

Your puppy peed on the floor because he doesn’t know any better. To him, your carpet is as good a place as any if he needs to go.  Puppies don’t know the appropriate place to eliminate until you gently and kindly teach them. House Training your puppy should be a cinch if you stick to some simple rules. All to often people have unrealistic time lines, thinking their pup is house trained in too short a time for the behavior to be reliable. Thus, newly developing bathroom habits go south and poor pup takes the blame. Oh, and then there is the one about every time I come home my dog runs and hides because “he knows” he has done something wrong. Guess What? All he knows is that every time you come home you holler and are angry so it isn’t safe when you come home. You are predictably angry about something of which he has no idea, even if the “bathroom faux pas” happened 2 minutes prior.
Reliable bathroom habits can take some time to develop.  Be patient and keep your puppy safe and successful – outside often (every time he comes out of the crate) on leash, so pup stays focused on what he needs to do. Back in the crate if he doesn’t go after a few minutes. Give him another opportunity in a short while. Be sure and lay on lots of praise when he does goes. Aim for no opportunities to have an accident in the house. How? Because you are watching like a hawk and ensuring that prior to romping around the house, he has emptied himself. If an accident occurs use a solution specifically made to clean the soiled area .

House Training, You Control Everything

House Training, Bathroom Frequency

A good article on the topic by Scientific American

The Dog Days of Summer & Tripod

Three legged dog on the dock at Rainbow Park in Whistler.

Dog Days is the name for the most sultry period of summer, from about July 3 to Aug. 11. Named in early times by observers in countries bordering the Mediterranean, the period was reckoned as extending from 20 days before to 20 days after the conjunction of Sirius (the dogstar) and the sun.

Whistler and Rainbow Park revisited:

…being a normal 10 year old my youngest neice was in the water at Rainbow Park, before you could say the word SWIMSUIT! she quickly had a new companion. A funny, 3 legged, little black dog that was intent on herding her every time she dove into the water. Initially there didn’t seem to be anyone attached to this dog. We welcomed her into our swimming group, nicknaming her Tripod during our short visit. Tripod had no idea she was missing a leg and was in the thick of things, running about, jumping in and having a swim. She did wipe out during a bit of “chase me” but was back up on her 3 good legs in the blink of an eye! Sorry folks, unfortunately we never got Tripod’s history.

 

Puppy Myth Buster #6

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Answer: False

The number one danger to the health of your dog is not having a proactive, positive social experience. Socialization is a process during which a puppy develops positive relationships with other living beings and their environment through exposure. Dogs will respond confidently and easily to new circumstances later in life, if they are exposed to unusual situations, unfamiliar surroundings and people as a puppy. You run a far greater risk of ending up with a dog who can’t cope with day-to-day encounters if he’s not properly socialized at a young age. The number one killer of young dogs is still euthanasia due to preventable behavioral problems, not a contagious canine virus picked up due to a lack of immunities.

Take a calculated risk: You must be prudent when you are out in public. You need to be cautious and manage all your puppy’s encounters. Socialize your puppy responsibly and safely.

Socialize: Why the Rush?

Enriched Puppy Fostering

“We have four puppies that we’re fostering right now. Felix (brown male with green eyes) and Patchouli (brindle female) are 7 weeks old. They are fosters from Broken Promises Rescue. The two Rotti (Rottweiler) boys are 9 weeks old. They are BC SPCA fosters. Hugo is the smaller, with the blue collar. We fostered him since he was three and half weeks old due to a leg fracture when he was stepped on by his mom. We are adopting him. His brother Hector, in the red collar, only came to us a week ago, when the rest of the litter was surrendered to the BC SPCA.

We believe in giving these puppies an enriched experience because they are learning constantly while in our care. It’s important to us that they leave here well socialized, confident, basically stable healthy dogs. We know that the chances of them staying in their new home are considerably improved by the work we do with them now. So we take our job of fostering very seriously. The fun part is being creative about providing a complex environment for them. We have tunnels, noise makers, climbing objects and of course the paddle pool to get them used to water.

Well we had to make a hard decision with Hector. The time that we had with him and Hugo had with him was so important. I was finding that Hugo was drifting more and more to his brother and they were hanging out like littermates. At their age, I really need to be focusing on one puppy. They need a lot more.

Our two younger pups were supposed to stay longer but… There was a foster family that had just gone through a really rough time with a foster dog they had had. So Patchouli went to this family for the rest of her time to be a sort of therapy foster puppy because she became so gentle and calm. I know it will go amazing and it will be a great experience for Chouli.

Felix went to his foster to adopt family. He was doing so well that they thought he could go continue his fostering with the family. He is living on the west coast and it sounds like he’s fitting in amazing!

We never know how long we will have puppies sometimes. Different rescues do different things and sometimes it’s hard to stand by and not have any say. So we take our time seriously with our puppies.

In the meantime, Hugo and I are in puppy classes. All of the other pups are 1 and 2 months older than him and he keeps up! I’m so proud of him and for what he’s learned and for the joy in his face when we’re working in class.

We are truly blessed, to be able to have so many puppies come into our lives. They bring so much love.

Oh and of course now, as we wait for the next phone call, we clean, get rid of all the newspaper trash, take a look at the whelping box, fix if needed, keep preparing the yard for the puppy playground and anything else we can think of!”