Wind Song Poodles

Wind Song Poodles






Important Do's and Don'ts with Puppies


Be Consistent


It’s important that all behaviors, acceptable and unacceptable, be

managed consistently by all family members. It is important to
remember that any method you try will probably not be effective
unless you work hard to teach your puppy an acceptable
alternative behavior. An example is swapping a toy for that sock
the puppy found.


Children and Puppies


It’s very difficult for children under eight or nine years old to practice the

kind of behavior modification outlined here. Children’s first reaction to

being nipped or mouthed by a puppy is to push the puppy away with

their hands and arms.  This maybe interpreted by the puppy as play

and will probably cause the puppy to nip and mouth even more. Adults

should closely monitor all interactions between their children and dogs.



What NOT to Do


Attempts to tap, slap, or hit your puppy in the face for nipping biting or

jumping up are most likey to backfire and create additional unwanted
behaviors. Several things may happen, depending on your puppy’s
temperament and the severity of the correction:


The puppy could become “hand-shy” and cringe or cower whenever a

hand comes toward her face.


The puppy could become fearful of you and refuse to come to you or

approach you at all.


The puppy could respond in a defensive manner and attempt to bite
in defense.


The puppy could interpret a mild slap as an invitation to play, causing

her to become more excited and more likely to nip.


Never play “tug-of-war” or wrestling games with your puppy if you’re

having a nipping problem. These types of games encourage

out-of-control behavior, grabbing, lunging, and competition with

you—behaviors you don’t want them to learn.


Never chase or lunge at your puppy trying to catch it.  

This can lead to a fearful dog that will run from you when you called. Always try to
coax or call the puppy over to you then praise and reward the puppy.  If you need to
retrieve the puppy try to move slowly towards them always praise and reward the puppy.
No matter how frustrated or angry you are at the puppy for not coming, scolding or
punishing the puppy may create fearful relationship with you when called and cause
your puppy to avoid contact with you.  In other words it teaches your puppy
to "RUN and HIDE" when it hears its name.


Find that special treat - small piece of chicken or store bought treat - break them into
small pieces -  pea size piece of treat in their eyes is the size of a baseball.

Bend down and get to their level.  Your not so threatening to them. Call them
over give them that pea size treat and praise praise praise.

Progress to hiding within the house and have them find you. Reward
and praise praise praise.

Master this skill in the house than try it in a fenced in area or on a long leash.
This can be the most important TRICK you can teach your dog.

It is important to remember - its a big beautiful world they just found
themselves in - they can be overwhelmed easily trying to teach to
much at one time.


Always stick with easy simple commands:  Short and simple

commands work best.  Try not to overwhelm your puppy with to many

commands to learn at the same time.  Teach one trick at a time.

When teaching verbal commands try to associate the verbal command

with a hand signal or visual command at the same time.   You never

know as your puppy grows and enters his/her senior years whether they

will loose their sight or hearing. 

By teaching both verbal and visual commands you prepare yourself and

your dog if they ever become hearing or sight impaired.



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