Every reputable rescue, breeder and trainer is going to tell you the same thing - socialize your puppy. But they will also give you no direction or instructions on how to do so. Let’s have an honest conversation about how to do it right.
It is of the utmost importance that you prepare for your puppy’s arrival. Proactivity will prevent a lot of problems that can crop up. Here is a brief article on what you can work on NOW before your puppy arrives.
One of the most important life skills your dog should learn is bite inhibition.
Puppy fever is a serious condition. The struggle is real. Let us help you find the cure.
House training is a fundamental skill that all dogs need to live happy lives with their humans. Start early and make house training a priority. While not rocket science there are some techniques that can make house training easier, faster and more successful.
Aggression towards puppies is terrifying for puppy and owner alike. We make the assumption that adding a puppy to a household should be easy. Who doesn’t love a puppy? But there are dogs who don’t like puppies or confuse them for prey and the puppy pays ultimate the price in many causes injured and possibly fearful of other dogs.
Even the most diligent primitive puppy raiser can do everything right and still end up with a shy or fearful puppy. Today most advice regarding puppy raising is socialize, socialize, socialize, but that doesn’t work for every puppy. Some puppies respond the direct opposite of all the manuals. They flee from strangers, growl at other dogs, and duck being touched. This doesn’t mean you have a messed up puppy or will have a broken dog. There are still lots of ways to help your puppy become accustomed to the world.
Teeth are such a confusing thing. As humans, we react in a variety of ways, depending on how our dog’s teeth are applied to us. Some behaviors involving teeth, we encourage. While others we try to correct. How we describe these interactions varies as well. We call interactions with teeth play, exploration, mouthing, biting, mauling, gnawing, nipping etc. We have to simplify our language if we are ever going to be able to have clear understanding and communication with our dogs.