Puppy Myth Buster #5

dog aggression behaviour puppy socialization

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
Socialization, The Unfortunate Reality

Perception trumps reality


“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


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

Click on the link to learn how: Games