With all of the Christmas puppies coming into their own, we have recently been getting a lot of calls relating to typical puppy issues. This is such an important time in those young dogs’ lives; so much of what they are learning, or not learning, is shaping them into the dogs that these puppies will become.
When seeing an older dog with fear issues, human aggression, nervous tendencies, handling issues, and other similar traits, it may be common to assume that the dog was abused when they were younger. I have heard countless people ask, “I wonder what happened to that dog when he was younger that can explain these behaviors.”
Often times it may very well be a case of abuse that can be responsible for these behaviors, but more times then not, as a trainer, I find myself asking, “I wonder what didn’t happen to that dog when he was younger that can explain these behaviors.”
It’s this type of reasoning that is the focus of our Puppy Consultations and our upcoming puppy e-book – an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you are the proud owner of a new puppy, now is the time to get started exposing him to the necessary drills and situations that will help shape him into a steady and social dog.
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