When Tipper, my Schipperke, was less than a year old, we took him on a trip. At every rest stop and night time stops, I took him out on leash with my older Schipperke, Andy. As we walked, I would say: Stop. They would stop, I would walk up to where they were and give them a treat. Sometimes, instead of a treat, I would just say, ok, let’s go. We probably did that exercise 5 or 6 times as we walked. And being a pup, I took Tip out 5 -7 times every day.
One night, I accidently dropped Tip’s leash. He started for the Expressway, not very far away. I said – Stop. And he stopped. I picked up the leash and said: let’s go get treats! It took awhile for my heart beat to slow down, but Tipper did what we had practiced. Those short training sessions saved Tip’s life. I hope you can find time to add in short training sessions for your dog. One or two minutes, 3 – 5 times a day. See what your dog can learn.
We offer puppy classes and Obedience classes for all ages. One of my assistants just brought home a puppy. A sponge. That is what a puppy is. A sponge. They soak up everything. 24 hours a day they are learning. There is no down time. You may think you are only training at a certain time each day or in a class once a week…but your puppy is learning all kinds of things and you need to be aware of what you are teaching your puppy whether you mean to be or not!
The best thing you can do for your new pup is find a trainer you like and take classes. Learn everything you can. Your puppy is learning everything he can and your pup wants to learn.
5 Months old. Still a puppy. Today, one of my students said his dog’s call name should be: Hand full! Well, all puppies are a hand full. You have a puppy that is trying so hard to figure out the world. What works? What gets him rewarded — what gets the good stuff? As owners of these little balls of fur, we need to figure out what they consider a reward. Food? Toys? Attention? Puppies want to learn. They are interested in everything and anything. Going down a step or two is a big thing. Seeing a fire hydrant for the first time – is a big deal! The umbrella open and closed is a big deal. Take time to watch your pup. What makes him happy? What scares him? Watch your pup — he is doing his best to tell you what he is thinking. Enjoy the ride…in no time at all, he will be an adult and sooner than you think — he will be old and you are going to ask yourself where all the time went.
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