Monthly Archives: January 2016

Puppy Socialization

puppy socializationPuppy socialization is critical to ensure that puppies get quality social experiences.  Quality social experience at a young age helps to reduce the potential of fear based problems such as aggression.  The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior states in its position statement that “puppies can start socialization classes as early as 7-8 weeks of age”.  Untrained puppies tend to loose their homes and are at greater risk of being “put down” as an adult dog due to behavior problems.

During puppy class, your puppy should be introduced to other safe puppies.  These need to be puppies that are healthy and not overly rough.  It will meet a variety of people men, women, hopefully children and people of different ethnic origin.  And it should have the option of checking out new things in the environment.  In addition, the training process should begin.  In this video you will see owners using a lot of treats as their puppy meets new things.  When you take your puppy or dog out for socialization you want to ensure it has a good time.  You can do this by rewarding your dog not only for being good but also as it interacts with its environment.  As you go about this process, protect your puppy form anything that might be scary.  If your puppy wants to move away from something, let it.  When the puppy decides it is far enough away, feed your puppy treats and let it check out the “scary monster” from a distance.  Over time, your puppy will naturally move closer to get a better look.

Puppy Socialization

At The Well-Mannered Dog, we now have 2 classes that help puppies socialize.  One is our group classes in which owners attend and learn along with their puppy.  The other is our Puppy play and train camp in which puppies are dropped off and I train the puppies while also socializing them and exercise them so they are tired.

Inhibition Training Challenge

inhibitionMany of the behavior problems displayed by dogs are a problem stemming  self-control or Inhibition. For example, when a dog jumps on someone it is excited and despite the effort many people put into working on this issue, they are not successful because the dog has not learned to inhibit its self in less exciting, controlled circumstances.

Working on basic self-control and inhibition training can augment other training such as jumping on people, not dashing out the door, pulling on leave and not touching forbidden objects.

January 1 2016 through February 29 2016 marks an opportunity for you to work on these inhibition training with an incentive added in.  We are issuing a challenge that makes every dog and owner who enters a winner.   Check out the information on the challenge here.

Inhibition Training

A simple training exercise you can do to teach the dog inhibition skills it to teach the dog to not access food that has been placed on the ground.  I am here to help you with that, so here is a training exercise I do:

  1. Attempt to place 1 piece of kibble on the ground.
  2. If you dog goes for the food, snatch it up and hide the food behind your back
  3. If your dog does not go for the food for a total of 2 seconds, tell the dog “get it” and let it access the food.
  4. As the dog gains skill continue to place other pieced of food out on the floor until you can spell out dog’s name out on the floor with the food before telling your dog get it.

Inhibition training is covered in Puppy Class, Puppy Play and Train Camp, the Impeccable Manners Program and Doggie MakeOver training.  If you need help with this area of training I am here to help you.