So, You Have a New Puppy: Part One
A new puppy, a bundle of lovable hair. Everyone is so excited to have a new little member of the family!! Pet him and
play with him, he sleeps, eats, and, of course, poops! How precious, how cute! Everyone wants to hold and snuggle
him. He sleeps (some more), (he wakes up, pees on the rug, oops, didn't get him out in time), he eats (again), back out
to the bathroom, he pees, plays, comes back in and poops on the rug! (Oops, he's confused!) He wakes up about two
a.m. And it's out to the bathroom again! At two in the morning puppies can be decidedly less cute to the new owner,
(the puppy still thinks he is), and he's awake now and wants to play! How precious, how cute! It's back in his bed. He
wants attention and someone to play with. He misses his litter mates. He yips and whines, then he whines and Cries.
The new owners get little sleep. The puppy hasn't been in his new home for an entire day!
Yes, puppies are very cute, but realistically they are puppies for a very short time. They need
instruction and care to become a viable member of their pack. He looks at his new family as he
would his pack, he is a dog and views them as such, hairless and a touch odd looking, but dogs,
nonetheless. The family is expected to take over as the mother. Do the things that the mother
would do and teach and instruct the way his pack would. Most puppies arrive in their new home
statistically between 6 and 10 weeks of age. Six weeks is exceptionally young for a puppy to be
taken from it's mother and siblings. They learn a lot from socialization with their litter. So, if the
pup is 6 to 8 weeks in age when it leaves the litter, it is ever so much more important that the
"human pack" needs to talk "dog" to the new pup. This is much easier than it sounds, if you can
take the human element out of the equation and are consistent.
Puppies do not think like people or react to things the way humans do. Very often, however, people often mistake a
lot of canine behavior as human behavior. Puppies are all about body language and
physical contact. Every time you touch your pup he views it as a dog touching another
dog. Female dogs lick and clean their pups, we do not clean and groom each other in this
way, we pet, it is a very social activity for your pup.
Socialization is a critical part of their life. Socialization does not mean partying with
other puppies or being petted by there owner "twenty-four-seven", any more than
discipline means beating them. We assume that most people buy or adopt a puppy so it not
only can be part of t he family, but be a companion for many years. To go where the family
goes and is a pleasure to be around. The way the new "pack" acts and reacts to their new
member will directly relate to the way the puppy will begin to and continue to relate and react
to his world. The way in which the new family interacts with the puppy during the first few weeks in his new home will
1. His place in the pack 2. Acceptable behaviors 3. Respect.
1. Puppies are social climbers. Depending on their temperament, they are always jockeying for a higher position.
They like body contact, but in a pack they don't hug or pet each other. Most physical contact has
to do with pack order and dominance. Even young pups need to know that you are the leader
and are there to make him feel secure. This makes for a calmer more relaxed pup and dog.
2.Whatever you allow your puppy to do when he is little (6 weeks on up), is what he will think is O.K.
, in his adolescent to adult life. Barking, whining, mouthing, chewing, jumping, although
these actions can seem cute as a puppy, not so much when the puppy becomes a dog. If
you show the pup that these things are unacceptable , then he will never think that this is the
correct way to behave.
3.The absolutely number one complaint (not including house breaking) from the owners we
have talked to and/or trained with is the pup or dog returning to the owner when they are
"the recall". If your puppy or dog has no respect for you, (i.e. Doesn't know you are on the face of
the earth unless you have a treat or something else he likes or wants: a ride, a walk for instance), then he is simply not
going to come back to you.
So,You Have a New Puppy: Part Two
Over the many years we have trained, we have discovered that obedience training, which is a basic necessity for any
canine, is not only a tool to get your pup to become aware of the usual routines of life within his pack, we have found it
actually shapes their character and the way they interact with everyone and everything in which they come in contact. It
also gives them an outstanding avenue of learning.
We also have found that puppies and dogs love repetition. Not unlike many human beings, they do not care for
change. They love a consistent and ritual laden life. A happy dog and/or puppy knows what they are doing and what
is expected of them , from the time they get up in the morning, until they go to sleep at night. Even if a family's life is
hectic, as organized and consistent they can keep their pets life the better. Dogs excel at crate training, most puppies
are housebroken in less than a week using this method, and find their crate a source of security, (see Crate Training),
Not unlike their human counter parts they thoroughly enjoy an organized feeding and bathroom schedule. They love
repetition! They do not watch T.V., read books, or make intricate social plans. They eat, sleep, play and poop
Even though their family may not be home, as long as the canine has very few glitches in his schedule, he is a happy
This is our new Labrador Retriever Puppy, K9 Trainings "Gunner", ( named after our son, John, (Lil John or Johnny),
who did two tours as a gunner in Iraq. He is home now, thank goodness and enjoying his namesake,
immensely)! We will be following Gunners progress. His first days at home, basic obedience, working through
Gun Dog Training for water fowl.
Up dated on K9training.us web site in, "Life with Gunner".
Our Black Labrador Retriever, Nitro, passed away just before Christmas a few years ago and we have had a very
difficult time replacing him. Nitro was everyone's best bud, and John seniors greatest hunting companion. They did a
goose hunting expedition on Mike Avery Outdoors together and showed many a fledgling duck dog the ropes.
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