Doggone it, puppies are cute. They have that puppy smell, huge puppy ears, and even bigger puppy eyes. They toddle clumsily wherever they go, toppling over and happily wagging their tails the entire time. And never, ever, can they be within an inch of your face without kissing you as enthusiastically as if you were their long lost mommy in the form of a giant steak bone. So why do so many puppies who are adored by their families in the beginning end up being surrendered at the city animal shelter after about six months?
If you were a fly on the wall at the front desk of an animal shelter, you would hear these all-too-common refrains: chews too much, jumps up on people, potties in the house, gets too excited, got too big, barks all day, too much energy, digs up the yard, climbs over the fence, bites when he’s eating. That’s not a complete list, of course, but it’s pretty close. That particular litany is remarkably universal and consistent among those who surrender ownership of their dogs. Puppy trainers, of course, cringe when they hear these complaints because none of them are the puppy’s fault, and they are all easily remedied.
If a puppy is exhibiting these behaviors, it’s just a matter of teaching him the expected manners of the house (within doggie reason), and establishing your position as his pack leader, so he’ll know that he must always look to you for guidance, correction, approval, and importantly, praise. If a puppy is nearing his first birthday and continues to exhibit these behaviors on a consistent basis, more than likely, the dog has become his own pack leader and it’s time to call in the puppy trainers to help you, the pack leader, establish and assert leadership.
Puppies need structure, training, and consistent leadership in order to know what is expected of them; otherwise, they’ll do everything in the aforementioned list because, well, that’s what puppies do when left to their own devices. All of the above complaints are, to greater and lesser degrees, symptoms of insecurity, boredom, and lack of structure.
The first thing puppy trainers do when called upon to work with a puppy is not to address digging nor teach them to stop barking; rather, the first order of business is to establish the dynamics of the trainer-to-puppy relationship and assert that it is the puppy trainer, not the puppy, who is in charge. From that cornerstone, all other issues can be addressed.
If you don’t know the first thing about pack leadership, seek puppy trainers who use methods that embrace pack structure to train you in the ways of the pack so that you can confidently lead your puppy into a well-behaved, rewarding adulthood for both of you.
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