We will help you start your puppy's
life right in the important formative months, by giving them personal visits until they
graduate to the adolescent and adult dog groups. From the moment your puppy comes into
your life we teach her or him that coming to you when called is nothing short of being
the best thing in the world.
The puppy’s name will be with them for life, so we make
sure they know it by associating it with all things pleasant and fun. In the same way
dog’s cotton on in a very positive way to words such as ‘walkies’, ‘biscuits’ or ‘dinner-time’ they
should be given the same association with their own name. Too often the only time the
puppy hears his or her name is when they have done something naughty. ‘Jasper,
stop doing that!’ ‘Buster, leave that alone!’ We try to ensure that
we NEVER use the puppy’s name in a negative scenario only positive ones. Your
puppy should associate his or her own name with all that is pleasant and fun and nothing
that is negative. The word ‘no’ is negative and it is enough to cover
all undesirable behaviour.
All puppies love to jump out when greeting anyone. Rather than
reprimand the pup, we simply ignore the behaviour and wait until he or she settles
down and is not jumping up before lavishing any attention on them. Above all else,
we don’t encourage the behaviour by patting or praising the dog when they are
in the ‘jump-position’ or we may run in to problems as the dog gets
bigger and views jumping up as an easy way to receive attention.
OWWWW! We teach your puppy that biting or nipping is not a pleasant
experience for us by reacting as if in pain to their playful nips. Rather than
scold the dog, we let him or her know that nipping is not a pastime that we wish
to engage in. Letting out an over-exaggerated expression of pain will more than
likely shock the puppy into ceasing this behaviour. You will be glad to put an
end to this behaviour early on instead of confronting a ‘playful’ 2-year-old
with a full set of adult teeth!
We don’t over-train your puppy. Remember, a one-year old
dog is, effectively, the same as a seven-year old person. It is a good rule of thumb
to keep reminding yourself ‘would I expect a three, four, five or six-year old
child to accomplish some of the tasks I am asking of my pup?’ Manners, house-cleanliness
and the very basics (including socialisation) are all you should really seek to instil
in your puppy until such a time, as they are mature enough to undergo a more formal
training regime. Puppies can deceive you into thinking they are ready for training
but will ultimately ‘rebel’ against discipline as they get older. We teach
your puppy to respond to his or her name, what is and is not acceptable in terms of
house-manners and establish an uninhibited relationship with your pup. That is more
important than any other discipline in the early stages of any dog’s life.