Playing Tug-of -War with your puppy will teach him to bite.
True or False?
Guess what? All dogs bite. Dogs are predators and inherently they need to tug, pull and chew. It is our responsibility to provide them with these outlets in a safe, controlled manner. Tug, played with structure and rules is therapeutic for your dog.
Check out this great online resource care of the San Francisco SPCA to learn more about the value of playing Tug-of-War and how you can safely teach it to your puppy.
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“My mother got her as a Christmas present for me. The amazing thing was… when my mum brought her to my grandmother’s farm… that’s where we all meet for Christmas…from the moment I held her, it was an amazing connection. She started following me everywhere, since that day. An instant connection.”
“It’s had its ups and downs. It was a different life style. I couldn’t live just for myself. I had another life to take care of. I couldn’t be so selfish with my time. It wasn’t exactly a downside, but a change. I mean if I wanted to go out after work… well instead I had to come home and take her out.”
How Dogs Learn
When your puppy chews your shoe, he is:
b) Needing to chew
c) Missing something in his diet
d) Mad at you
Answer: b) Needing to chew.
Dogs do not have opposing thumbs and they explore the world with their mouths. Add to that, puppies have a very strong need to chew when they are teething. It helps relieve the pain of new teeth growing in. It is our responsibility to provide them with an appropriate chew toy or bone.
Not all chew toys are created equal. Do some experimenting and find something your pup really loves to sink his teeth into. Our top picks: raw frozen marrow bones, a rubber toy that’s made for stuffing with food, and big pressed rawhides soaked in some chicken, beef or veggie stock. Use common sense and maintain chew toys and monitor their size as your pup gnaws.
Learn more here: https://www.ultimatepuppy.com/how-dogs-learn/ and here: https://www.ultimatepuppy.com/how-dogs-learn-3/
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Any good puppy trainer will tell you that they spend a great deal of time dispelling misconceptions about canine behavior. Commonly held fallacies create and magnify problems and are unfair and confusing for the puppy. All to often we tend to hold the dog responsible for his actions when he is merely acting like a dog would act. We also have unrealistic goals and expectations, expecting too much, too soon from a puppy.
The proof is in the pudding, the majority of dogs are under socialized, under stimulated, and lack skill sets necessary to live harmoniously with us. This is largely due to misconceptions about what a dog does and what a dog needs. Knowing the truth about what motivates your dog as well as the basic understanding of his behavior will make the experience of raising your puppy significantly easier, less frustrating and more rewarding for both of you.
Test Your Dog Knowledge
Test your knowledge and dispel any myths you may have picked up along the way before you begin training your puppy.
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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.
Click on the link to learn how: hand feeding and food bowl exercises.