Puppy training step One
The 1st step is to get to know your puppy and base your expectations according to what you see. Get to know your dog!
Just like people, your puppy is not the same as every other member of his breed :
May of us see dogs as being in lists of breeds, and each breed acts is stereotypical ways. This belief is not supported by scientific evidence. Just because you have had 12 mini Aussies does not mean that this fluffy little ball of fur you just took home will behave like any of her predecessors.
Puppy Training step Two
Step Two is to set up a safe environment for your puppy. Your pups should have limited space in your home that is their space. Small Victories a Motley Dog Training Basic skill. Set up a crate with all the comfy blankets just big enough, so they can easily turn around inside. Gradually introduce your dog to the big bad world.
This is not the: “no free lunch method”, it is about safety, protection and comfort.
Puppy Training step Three
You have got to feed the beast so, this is important. This is not where you save money. You will pay now or pay latter. We have worked with 100’s of dogs and this is a must. If you chose a purebred. Breed does matter when it comes to health and potential canine medical problems. You can Google this one on your own but, I would discuss this with your veterinarian.
My lil wolf eats raw but, hey if this is not your thing here is a link to Chuck and Don’s Food Finder that best tool for finding food that is right for your dog, your dogs breed and any other factors you may face such as, allergies. It is a great tool!
Thank you, Chuck and Don’s, and we would like to thank the Westminster store for all the recommendations that have come our way.
Puppy Training Step Four
This is when you email Motley Dog Training
We like to keep most of our techniques down to four easy steps or less. You know all that stuff you have read about dog aggression, anxiety and obedience? Well, we will start with building a foundation for you and your pup to be a team and this will help you avoid future problems. If problems do arise at least you know that Motley Dog Training is right here to help you through it.
Professional Puppy Training by Motley Dog Training LLC.
Motley’s Puppy training is for the puppy that is not quite ready for group puppy training. We know some great dog trainers in the area that offer excetional puppy group training but, we are here to get you ready for the party.
Puppy training is one situation where group participation is required but, some pups are just a little crazy and as will all training one on one is the best place to start all training. Once we have mastered building a stong foundation and made the two of you a team you are ready for anything. Puppy play groups, doggie day care or just going over to gradma and gand pa’s without any incidents.
Other Hot topic in Puppy Training Today:
Puppies have “Deadlines” you have to meet or else
Even the best puppy trainers we know will tell you that you are now on the clock, you and your puppy had better meet these deadlines or else! Yes in psychology we have a specialty, Developmental Psychology, every herd of Piaget? Here is the good news, so take a deep breath. With people and dogs, these developmental models are just that. They are averages and, this means that they are good targets to pay attention to but, are not some kind of dooms day DEADLINE.
Think about it this way, there are dogs that will learn and develop more quickly than others so, if your pup is fretful or showing signs of aggression, there is hope. The most important factor in any dog’s life is you, their person.
How old is my dog? A sort cut to get a guesstimate is to multiply your dog’s age by seven.
Socializing your Puppy
The average dog trainer or well-meaning dog person will tell you that socializing your puppy is the most important thing you will ever do, and almost every animal behaviorist or dog trainer we have ever spoken with seems to think that
1. Every behavioral problem in dogs is caused by improper socialization of dogs
2. If only you can “introduce” your dog to other dogs, this will solve everything! Expose them to the world, right? Well, kind of.
Here is what we learned in all those psychology classes. Fear, aggression or antisocial behavior in general is not due to poor socialization of dogs or people. Think of John Wane Gasey or Ted Bundy, both highly socially skilled individuals. These are extreme cases used to make a point.
Think about people you know that have all the social activity and opportunities that they could hope for and many people like them but, for whatever reason, they are still anxious or fearful in certain situations, social or otherwise. It is also true no matter how many beers you give them when they wake in the morning they will still have social phobia, separation anxiety or be prone to aggression. Just like us, it does not matter how many treats you dull out to your puppy in a stressful situation, they will wake up with the same underlying issues.
Dog treats are just a tool so, leave the pouch at home, we have more important skills to master and far better ways to mitigate and motivate.
The bottom line is this, if you and your dog were isolated for a year due to COVID and have had not social interaction, you are not lost. If your dog has been anxious or aggressive for years you are not lost and if you somehow did not meat the puppy development “Deadline” all is not lost.
Puppyhood is all about experiences
Just got a puppy? Missed one of those deadlines? Here is what we would like you to do. Just the two of you need to act like explorers. Get out in the world, introduce your dog or puppy to every sight, sound, smell and touch you can think of and pay attention to your puppy’s reaction to them. If your pup shows signs of fear, anxiety or aggression, you are not ready for puppy play groups, doggy day care, the dog park or an outing at your favorite store. This is when you contact us. If your pup seems to be confident and calm while experiencing most things, then you can consider group options.
Get your puppy out in the world.
Now you have your new pup what to do next. Experience everything you can. Be certain you abide by the vaccination schedule so, that pup is not exposed to anything they are not ready for but, be creative and have a good time.
So, you walk your dog every day. Good job but, pups are not quite ready for the 10-mile hike so, be certain that the exercise you expose your dog to is appropriate.
There is a poor recommendation in the dog training world that goes something like a tired dog is a good dog. This is not quite accurate. Your pup needs both mental and physical exercise daily. If your pup has a behavior problem, see a professional dog trainer like Motley Dog Training. Working them to death will not help.
My lil boy and I love hunting in the forest (not pictured). We live in Colorado, go swim, find some park to explore, get out there and enjoy your puppy to the fullest. They will thank you for it, and all this experience will give them confidence for those up-coming social events.
Think, senses, sight, smell, taste and touch. Introduce your puppy to anything that is safe. Let us know if your puppy is fearful, or aggressive. We are here to help dogs and their people.
Still need ideas for experience for you and your puppy? Check out Orbitz suggestions. Click HERE
Potty Training a Puppy
Potty-train a puppy is not that difficult! We were a little socked at the number of google searches for this one, so, here is the foundation of potty training a puppy.
- You are in charge, the puppy will not know how to tell you they need to hit the head.
- Frequency, simply the more often you take your puppy out to potty, the better this is going to go. Remember, small bladder, guys, & no a puppy can not “hold it” this will happen naturally as your dog ages if you do this right.
- Consistency, this means that if the puppy goes potty at 3pm, this happens every day at 3pm. Dogs are master of learning routines, Episodic Memory. So, the goal is that you are so consistent that your pup can predict when it is time to pee. Just like your dog knows when you come home or leave for work everyday, they should know when dinner time is and when it is time for puppy to go potty.
Personally having numerous dogs and having trained 100’s this is it. Simple way to potty-train a puppy. If you honestly follow this formula and are still having problems, then it is likely that your dog has a behavioral concern like fear or anxiety.
Dog Genetics vs Dog Experience
Goes beyond abuse, neglect!
Important finding in canine research.
They have the same physiology, anatomy and neurobiology, to feel pain and experience emotion. If you still think dogs have no emotions, look up substance P. So, yes, even your pit bull feels pain and pleasure. Dogs simply put are far better than we are at dealing with pain and are far too forgiving in my opinion. This is why stupid dog training techniques don’t seem to affect your relationship with your dog. However, it should, and that is why Motley Dog Training does not believe in the “carrot and stick” or “balance” dog training philosophy.
We have been there, done that, and it is not our finest hour. Lucky, we kept educating ourselves and learned better ways to help our dogs and yours. What about when it is not dumb dog training or some other kind of abuse or trauma?
Here is a shocking truth about dog aggression, dog anxiety or other animal behavior hurdles. They are often phenotypical, this simply means that it is not necessary for a dog to be abused to be aggressive and/or fearful. Experiencing episodes of violence, neglect or psychological abuse can make the problem worse and dogs even have PSTD just like people, however, Anxiety and Aggression can be similar to a personality characteristic of a dog or person. So, your puppies social anxiety disorder or dog aggression may or may not have a factor of experiential learning and Bandura might phase it.
So, if you follow the simple three-step plan to potty-train your puppy, and it is still a problem, you need Motley Dog Training.
Puppy Socialization (critical period, three to six weeks.)
A final remark about dog socialization in general. Many dog people still think that all dogs love other dogs and need other dogs to be happy. This is just a belief, and it is a false belief. Dogs, just like people, have various preferences when it comes to group activity and the number of “friends” that they are comfortable with. Respect your dog. Your dog is not a pack animal any more than you or me, as a matter of fact, dogs are far more like us than we would like to admit. Some dogs will love all other dogs and want to be around other dogs frequently, some are more “lone wolf” types how prefer just you or a lot of time alone. Remember, this is not dependent on breed. Shepherds are a good example, most people would characterize them as not that social and running on the averages this might be right but, some love other dogs and some can not stand them. Our job at Motley Dog Training is to teach your dog how to succeed in the world based on who they are, not who everyone else thinks they should be.