New Puppy Advice, (c) 2012-2018 Frania Shelley-Grielen all rights reserved
Having a new puppy in your life includes all that sweet, warm, funny puppy-hood and all the
steps in teaching your little one how to navigate the human world with you. A new puppy
client asked me to help. My follow-up advice will benefit all new puppies and owners too:
It was wonderful meeting such a sweet, little puppy and seeing how invested you are in her
welfare. Thank you again for allowing me to work with you both. Your puppy and your
relationship with her will benefit from clear and consistent communication:
- Regular walks with your puppy will help socialize her to the big outside world, offer
her opportunities to explore it and sniff, aid in house training and teach her to walk
on leash. Avoid choke, prong or head halters which are painful, inhibit learning due
to stress and can damage puppy's anatomy. Select harnesses instead that attach in
the front. Make sure your leash is 4-6 feet long, no extending leashes so puppy can
learn to walk with you and no chain link which can be tough on human hands. Vary
your walks to offer new environments.
- Your puppy is a baby and does not come to you housebroken. She is still growing and
cannot fully control her bodily functions; she needs frequent (hourly) walks to
eliminate and to learn where you would like her to do her eliminating. We often ask
so much more of this canine species than our human babies in this regard-who get
to wear diapers for years and then still require extensive potty training! (More on
- Your puppy has learned that biting is a game with her humans and with teething
coming on (generally between 4-7 months) if not effectively addressed this is a game
no one will win. Frequent and regular puppy play groups will develop much needed
puppy socialization skills and help to develop bite inhibition with conspecifics (other
puppies). For her human interaction in this regard, redirecting your puppy with a
loud noise, offering a toy to bite or chase when she is about to bite or is biting will
help if done consistently and repeatedly.
- Your puppy needs a large variety of toys to bite and play with at all times. Pay
attention to the type of toy she favors and offer puzzle toys, balls to chase (thrown by
you) and chew toys. Your puppy will also begin teething so keep thinking chew toys
to add to her toy chest and to help ease the pain of new teeth.
- Jumping is a natural behavior to garner attention. Stand up if seated when you see
her getting ready to do this or turn away if standing. The instant all feet are on the
floor turn and praise her. This must be repeated over and over. She can not unlearn
a behavior on one trial, especially one which she took so long to learn.
- Offer praise constantly for all the good, quiet behavior and "put it on command:" tell
her "Good Quiet" or "Good Girl" for being just that, "Good Sit" when she is sitting, etc.
Your puppy's gentle nature will be impacted seriously by aversive corrections. Avoid
fear and displacement behaviors by focusing always and only on positive training
- Puppy kindergarten or puppy training classes are key for puppy's socialization
around other dogs and people. Learning in a group setting affords social learning,
observational learning and utilizes the model rival method for humans and non
- Keep crating to a maximum of an hour. You can try draping the crate with a sheet to
cut down on visual stimulation, be careful with this, makes sure there is adequate
airflow-if it seems to exacerbate a negative reaction -stop immediately!
- Puppy-proof her long term confinement area (your office area) and add classical
music to soothe her. A classical music radio station also offers soothing human voices
to the mix.
The right approach in a group training class will make all the difference in your puppy.
Positive methods are the only way to go. Please ask me if you would like a referral. We
also offer individual training packages.
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"Offer praise constantly for all
the good, quiet behavior and
"put it on command:" tell her
"Good Quiet"or "Good Girl"
for being just that,"Good Sit"
when she is sitting, etc. Your
puppy's gentle nature will be
impacted seriously by aversive
corrections. Avoid fear and
displacement behaviors by
focusing always and only on
positive training methods."
copyright Frania Shelley-Grielen
copyright Frania Shelley-Grielen
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