So, you got a puppy! There are tons of different puppy raising methods, and tons of opinions from tons of people. Let's figure out some basic, common sense ground rules together to help you start on your course of success with your new dog.
Number 1-Let's set clear expectations for how you want your puppy to behave when they are introduced to new people. Do you want them to explode with excitement, bowl children over with enthusiasm, and jump all over everyone they meet? No? No, of course not! It's much better to have a pet that calmly greets someone and doesn't "explode" with excitement. So set those expectations for you, your puppy, and other people- don't let your puppy jump! Don't let ANYONE let your puppy jump on them. Don't reward this behavior by brushing it off as "cute" when they are little. Teach your puppy Sit, and ask them to sit every time they meet someone, but before the person gets within jumping range. If they try to jump, ask the person to move back and try again. Greeting people the same way every time reinforces the good behavior you want your dog to exhibit.
Number 2- Make sit your best friend! Ask your puppy to sit before going outside, before putting down his food bowl, before clipping on the leash for a walk. Make sit a conditioned response!
Number 3-Group Class! One of the most important things you can do for your dog is take them to a group training class. This teaches them how to work in new places, around dogs and people, builds a bond between you and them, and greatly helps with socialization.
Number 4-Socialization! Show your puppy EVERYTHING. We want to maximize positive experiences with new people and things,( like the dreaded vacuum cleaner), while minimizing scary experiences that could set your puppy back. Be careful of dog parks! You don't know who is vaccinated, who is puppy friendly and who isn't. Set up playdates with people from puppy class, neighbors with friendly dogs. Meet friends at the park and go on walks! Don't let your puppy go up to every dog they see, and always ask before your dog goes to greet another dog-some dogs aren't friendly!
Number 5- Start your puppy on a regular grooming schedule. Get them used to nail trims and hair cuts. Find a friendly and patient groomer who is willing to work with your puppy on grooming manners-it will benefit you GREATLY in the long run.
Using these tips will greatly help you and your puppy on the road to having a well mannered dog!
Questions about training? Call 919 469 8185 or email Crystal at Training@briercreekpethotel.net