Dogs - Training & Behavior Fri, 19 Jul 2013 16:43:00 GMT New Pet Owners and the Challenges of Puppy Behavior Fri, 19 Jul 2013 16:43:00 GMT <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Pet owners (especially new owners) always have questions about basic pet behavior. I often try to teach the new owner a few basic training considerations.  There are two communication commands that the nursing female will use on her puppies: lick and bite. When puppies are good, the mother's posture is happy and she will lick the puppies which affirms her approval.  But if a puppy is out of control, she will growl or even bite, which affirms her disagreeing with the puppy's bad behavior.  </span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">We can also use that approach with our new puppy.  For example, the simple petting of the puppies head is an example of a "lick", but scolding the puppy with strong  words is an example of a "bite".  The different ways we communicate with our puppy is endless, and the more consistent we are, the better the results.  Since each puppy is unique, it will take some creativity.  Some breeds have inherent qualities that require additional approaches.  So research the breed before making that big decision of ownership. </span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">There are also many external influences that may have already imprinted different behavioral characteristics on your new puppy.  That is why it is so important to play and interact with the puppy as much as possible before purchasing.  That first impression can be good but it is only a first impression.  Your emotions are also not to be trusted during that first puppy visit.  The point to remember is do not get fooled by a licking puppy. Puppies can be so sweet and cute during the first visit and then act entirely different when they get to their new home.   So try to have multiple visits with a puppy before making that purchase decision. </span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">It is always fun to raise a puppy in spite of the many challenges, so take the plunge, learn a lot, and experience those special moments that you can share with friends for a life-time. You will never regret it.</span></span></p> <p>  </p> Blog:5796a45a-8e15-4680-85c1-ff4d2189a38aPost:869aca25-244b-479b-b644-fba34d56a7a3