much do you know about raising a puppy?
this test and bust the myths! True or False?
grow out of the chewing stage. True or False?
False! Even older
dogs chew. Puppies chew to help with teething. However, chewing
also can relieve excess energy and boredom. Dogs will chew through their entire lifetime, but it takes a
human to teach the dog what is acceptable to chew (chew toys) and
what isn't (your shoes). As a matter of fact, puppies don't grow
out of ANY of the behaviors they learn as puppies (biting,
chewing, jumping), unless they are taught.
training is an important skill for puppies.
True or False?
True! Crate training is not just
for housebreaking. Crate training keeps the dog from chewing
things he shouldn't when you can't watch him. Getting a dog used
to a crate and confinement also helps him should he ever have to
stay at the veterinary clinic. Think of a crate as a playpen or a
crib. It keeps your puppy safe when you aren't available to guide
can be done at any age. True or False?
Socialization is one of the most misunderstood terms in dog
training. It comes from the name of a critical period in the
puppy's development and it ends at 12 weeks of age! (Scott and
Fuller, 1965) The next critical period is the Juvenile Period and
is actually just as important. It is the time (until approximately
six months of age) that the puppy is developing his personality
and habits of behavior. It is the easiest time to train, to teach
our rules and to mold his personality. It is the optimum time to
carefully introduce him to new experiences. Dogs that show fear or
aggression after this critical period will not benefit from
a flood of social experiences. As a matter of fact, quite the
opposite can happen - it can actually do more harm than good as
the dog is forced to cope with a situation he is not equipped to
handle. Once a dog has developed fear or aggression issues, a
behavior specialist is required to help the dog through a solid
should not start training classes until your puppy is 6
months old. True
Though at one time, it was true. Years ago, when training was
still about hard corrections, it was recommended that we delay training
until the puppies were at least six months of age. However, thanks to
Scott and Fuller, Clarence Pfaffenberger
and others that studied optimum learning stages in dogs, we now know know how
important it is to begin early and we have
softer, gentler techniques to train puppies. As a matter of
fact, top competition trainers start
puppy training as soon as the pup comes home (at 8-10 weeks),
they simply do it at a level the puppy can handle. Puppy classes
are designed to address the short attention spans, clumsy motor coordination
and moldable temperaments of young puppies. A good puppy
class helps the owner teach social skills (no jumping or biting) and
properly introduces them to new experiences. Puppy classes can make
your job as the puppy's owner a whole lot easier!
classes are for more than just solving problems.
True. If you answered this one
correctly, you have been paying attention. Good for you! Puppy
classes get your dog under a trained eye and help you stop
problems before they begin!
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