Starting Puppy off the Right Way

cavapoo2Jazz is an adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel/Poodle mix – a Cavapoo. She is just thirteen weeks old.

Her owners want to make sure things start off the right way, having had a very difficult time with their previous dog.

Apart from advice regarding feeding, toilet training and walking, there is an even more important area if you want a well adjusted puppy growing into a stable mature dog. It is about how you interact with the puppy.

Just imagine how huge and noisy humans must seem to something so small! If they surround her with too much noise, too many commands and too much excitement, or ‘dominance’ of any sort, one of three things will happen. She may become scared of them, she may stand up to them as she gets bigger and become defiant and difficult, or she may get hardened and take no notice of  them unless they are very exciting or noisy.

The more calm Jazz is the more gentle she will be. The quieter the humans are, the more Jazz will learn to listen. Even praise should be given gently.  They don’t want to overwhelm her because apart from anything else she will be distracted and the reason for the praise will be entirely lost.

The dog is largely a reflection of the owner. Calm, gentle, consistent and patient owners will usually have a stable dog with self-control.

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Big Baby

Today I had a treat.

I went to see a fifteen week old Dogue de Bordeax called Porter. He is a very big puppy and he’s going to grow into a huge dog! His owners want to make sure that they start off the right way, so that he grows up to be a well-mannered friendly dog who, though will bark if he hears something, won’t assume the role of guard duty or be a threat in any way.  He is also going to learn to walk nicely on a loose lead.Dogue de Bordeaux, a very large puppy

At just fifteen weeks old he is already a little wary of people coming up too close to him and he may bark at them. We are working to make sure he grows up to be confident and self-controlled. It is so tempting to play exciting and rough games with a puppy like this, but tug games not done properly encourage mouthing, grabbing and biting, and chase games encourage a puppy to run away or even to get scared if cornered – and this invites aggression.

He is unusually lazy for a puppy, he is house trained already, he doesn’t jump up and he doesn’t chew much – apart from socks – when they have feet in them!

I can help you, too, with these problems or any other that you may be having with your dog.