Puppy Myth Buster #5

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Answer: c)

Puppies that have not had the benefit of a proactive, positive social schedule along with not having developed a soft mouth could prove to be at particular risk for becoming aggressive with people and other dogs. This is a double-edged sword since when they do bite they bite hard and deep. A puppy learns to inhibit the force of his bite from the feedback that we give him and from playing with other friendly dogs.

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Socialization, Fight or Flight
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Perception trumps reality

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“Oh! Be careful, she just rolled in a dead animal. I’m taking her home to wash her. She’s one year old and he’s three. She lunges at people from time to time. It’s usually when I don’t expect it. It really catches me off guard. Once when I was walking in the park I came across a mother and her daughter. They didn’t speak english well and were afraid of dogs. She lunged at them. I wanted to reassure them that she really is quite sweet, but there was a language barrier and I was also trying the wrestle her (the dog) under control. I felt badly about it. With him, he’ll be walking along side of her and want to play fight and of course it looks worse than it is and disrupts the walk.

The one thing I don’t get is why so many people think poodles are aggressive.”

New Puppy Rules – Play

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We have taken puppy raising concepts and broken them down into a few key points to help make them easy to remember and to practice. With each new set of rules you will find a link included to take you to ultimatepuppy.com, where you can get a comprehensive explanation and/or lesson on the concept.

 

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Click on this link to learn how to play Tug safely with your puppy: Tug

Click on the link to learn how: Games

 

Puppy Myth Buster #4

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Answer: b), d) and e)

Whenever a puppy becomes hyper stimulated, out of control and is nipping and biting the first thing to look at is how much structure and boundaries are in place. Have you ensured that he has stimulating, appropriate activities when he is out of the crate? Is he getting enough crate time? Often too much unsupervised freedom is the root cause of an overly rangy, nipping biting pup.

What do you have in your Bag-of-tricks to keep your puppy fulfilled and occupied when he’s out of the crate?

Learn More: House Training, Dog Meets Human Reality