Archive for the ‘Puppies: Can't Miss Tips’ Category

How to Housetrain Me. Love, Your Puppy (or Newly Adopted Dog) – Rule #2

June 23, 2010

This post can be found at the new CATCH Canine Trainers Academy blog!

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"I'm so glad we're having this talk. If all owners were as smart as you, all dogs would be as good as me."

 

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How to Housetrain Me. Love, Your Puppy (or Newly Adopted Dog) – Rule #1

June 15, 2010

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Tip of the Day – Don’t Ruin the Recall

June 8, 2010

This post on making sure your recall stays strong can be found at the CATCH Canine Trainers Academy website.  Read it here.

 

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Shout Out of the Day and Key Socialization Tip

June 3, 2010

It’s the unmistakable body language of dog play!  This post, studying pups from Petrified to Playmania, can now be found by clicking here for CATCH Canine Trainers Academy’s blog.

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Clash of the Titans

Brady: "Damn this girl's good. She can mirror my every move."

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Dogs Can Hunt for Dinner

June 1, 2010

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The Housetraining Myth – Can’t Miss Tips for Puppies #3

May 6, 2010

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Top Signs You’re a Rock Star Dog Owner – #1: You Make Mealtime Engaging

April 10, 2010

“If you plop my food down in a bowl, yes, I’ll eat it, but – BOOORING.” -Lenny the Lab (2002 – present)

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Can’t Miss Tip for Puppies #1 – What You Don’t Let Them Do

March 30, 2010

Tonight I’m starting a new puppy kindergarten class at our Greenwich Village location.  This is always awesome because 1) the puppies are ridiculously cute, and 2) people are excited to fill their pups’ minds with stuff that will make them good adult dogs.

Let me tell you a not-so-secret.  When you first start with a pup, the trick to raising a great dog is what you don’t let them do. That’s right, what you prevent them from learning is a BIG DEAL.

For example, if you keep playing with a puppy that is biting your hands, you are teaching them that biting your hands is part of a fun game.  Another example – if you allow your pup to chew on furniture (when you’re not paying attention) THAT behavior is self-rewarding.  It’s fun to chew wood. Let’s look more closely.

Example 1:  Your pup’s developing brain is extremely impressionable.  She learns biting you is fun.  You taught her that, through continuous play WITH biting.  Your pup grows up.  The adult dog likes to bite you.  It’s fun, remember.  Ingrained from the early days.  Nostalgic.

Example 2:  Again, your pup’s brain is like a sponge, remember.  He gets to try his teeth out on some wood.  (Because you’re not there to teach otherwise?).  MMMmmmm.  Chewing wood satisfies.   Your pup loves it, seeks it.  Not his fault, you gave him a chance to learn it.  Your pup grows up.  Your adult dog likes to chew wood (or plastic, or shoes – whatever you allowed will be the favorites.)

The point: To raise an adult dog who doesn’t bite you or chew on furniture or (insert bad behavior X here), simply do NOT permit the behavior from occurring with frequency.  Most importantly, do not allow unwanted beahvior X to become rewarding for the pup.

Manage the environment.  Set them up for success.  Be the teacher.  If not, everything and everyone else will.

Simply put: Adult dogs have behavior patterns that they found rewarding as pups.