Where am I & Who's in Charge?
Cute face... or... conspiring canid ?
We have a small window of opportunity when our new addition (of whatever age!) joins us.
Firstly your new addition will investigate his new HQ, and then he wants to know what the rules are and who is running the show. Owners tend to leave a sometimes very looooooooonng settling-in period. However your dog is asking himself these questions from the outset... and since we are being so nice to him in an effort for him to 'love' us - his ultimate conclusion is that he is in his own kingdom where he gets to make decisions! Uuhoh...
Education in manners and setting up house rules & boundaries should start the moment your new addition arrives home. Dogs are very adaptable animals, and most people are amazed at just how young and how quickly they can learn.
Making Our Best Friends Happy
Within our best friends we find comfort. We laugh at their antics, we enjoy them accompanying us for exercise, even recent studies have proved that it’s healthier living with a dog; they reduce our heart rate, our stress levels and generally make our lives better. After all, that bundle of joy will give us unconditional love us like no human can!
Is the act of dog ownership entirely selfish? I have seen enough leather dog beds, diamante collars and homes littered with an assortment of coloured squeaky toys to be assured that dog owners want their dogs to be happy. One enigmatic, enthusiastic owner told me her dog should be behaving better now it had a ‘proper’ matching collar and lead set.
Buying and owning things makes us humans happy, so naturally we assume we can make our animals happy this way too. Sadly I don't observe this to be true; dogs are much closer to nature than we are, only evolving from their wild counterparts circa 30,000 years ago.
What makes them happy can be difficult for us to comprehend, unless we start thinking Dog, instead of assuming that they think like us.
Let's look at Life from the Dog's Perspective
Private sessions are highly recommended, and are even popular for people who are waiting to get a puppy, we have pre-trained dogs for you to practice on, and learn from. If you are a beginner it is a good idea for you to learn as much as possible to get it right from the start and raise a well-balanced adult.
My experiences have made me PASSIONATE about putting in hard-work proactively to PREVENT problems
The 'Puppy License'
A Puppy License allows a youngster to get away with otherwise rude behaviour (see below), like we would forgive a young child. This license normally expires around 16 weeks, meaning at this age the young dog should have a good understanding of how to behave like a good citizen (that's your job!) This equates to a 12 year old child in human terms. See how quickly they grow up...
Adult dogs consider it rude for other adults to stand over their back, or place uninvited paws on them
they tend to be tolerant of pups until they reach the age of 4 months, by then they should behave like a young adult.
This picture shows an older Prinz, who hated with a passion any dogs standing over him, (called 'little man syndrome' in our world, it's easy to be taken advantage of, or hurt when you are smaller than average) yet he is tolerating the puppies clambering all over him. This ends when they should know better, however I do NOT agree that dogs should 'sort it out themselves'. Just like we don't condone children teaching manners to each other, it's up to us adults to show and instil good behaviour. We can start by becoming aware of visual cues and body language.