Join Date: May 2011
Location: St. Thomas, Ontario
Dogs Name: Kelly
Titles: CD Obedience & Therapy
Dogs Age: puppy
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^^^^ great advice, from all.
I to take out my new pup, every 30-45 minutes.
Wake up in the middle of the night, pup taken off the bed...and we go out again (in the 1st month).
Supervise, supervise, supervise / praise, praise, praise for good job.
In the first month, our baby is held often in the house (or just playing together, on the livingroom floor), we first make her feel that the humans make her safe & happy and therefore must be the wise leaders / when she matures, us humans feel that she makes us feel safe and has even protected my wife once naturally...when our dobe was called to serve a family member, in danger from a larger dog attack.
Puppies should have mental stimulating games with toys daily:
- besides training the normal sit/stay/down easy stuff...engage in teaching fetch / tug-of-war / soft bite muzzle control.
In the first month I had pup Amy.
My training starts 5 minutes after the pup comes home, @ 8 weeks old / and I invest all the love, time & energy...in the next 4-5 months.
- ALL ABOUT BUILDING CONFIDENCE & TRUST.
I took her into many store's I could get away with entering...I carried her on my shoulder to meet and greet strangers...in the city's downtown.
Then we would go to the park, and hangout in the playground (sometimes)...meeting more parents with their children.
Then we would visit the one captive deer..a 100 yards away / Amy once kissed it (on the nose) through the chain link fence (years later), it kissed back.
- she seen 100's of adults and children, early on...before she turned 3 months old
I have never gone to a dog park, with Amy...as an adult dog, she is more than capable of handling other bad mannered dogs.
(even with dogs 2x her size)
When she was little pup, she can't protect herself...so she isn't introduced to strangers dogs / until her confidence and size will handle...the situation.
I setup my puppies, always in the win-win / 99% of her early socialization...is with the human race.
------------Kelly & (Amy - RIP @ 11.7 y/o)
Last edited by Beaumont67; 04-06-2012 at 12:04 AM.