Is Your Puppy a Little Challenge?

Your new little puppy can do no wrong in your eyes but, other dogs or people scare them to death, or they try to attack everyone and everything that is not familiar to them. Since your puppy has no experience in life yet, that means they need to defend themselves from it all. In some cases, puppies can even be fearful and/or aggressive toward their people.

Every pup is different

Research suggests that disrupting a puppy’s development is almost a guarantee of future behavioral problems. Fearful puppies seem to be born with lower thresholds for fear, and fearful puppies tend to develop canine anxiety. Puppy aggression and anxiety are often linked and occurs simultaneously.

Experience is all We Have Got

Genetics, developmental stages and illness are all causes of puppy aggression, fear and anxiety. Experience either improves the condition or makes is worse. Since the cause has already happened, we can do little to change that so, all we have is future experience. It is important that these are well-thought-out and serve to change how your pup see the world around them. We focus on dog behavior training that changes how your puppy thinks. You will learn skills, tactics and techniques that will help your puppy starting with our first session.

Small Victories, in the correct order

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Build The Foundation

Just like puppy development has an order so, does puppy training. Where and when you spend time teaching your puppy is also very important. Once you have the timing, order and environment figured out you need to determine what skills to begin with.

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Timing is everything

Puppies like children can be more of a challenge then you expected. The order of dog training is almost more important then how you train your pup. It is a process of small victories that gradually progress into the development of a well trained and obedient dog. Often we get in a hurry and miss teaching out puppy the more important skills that shape a well behaved puppy. Puppy socialization or other attempts to quickly train a dog can be found in the article below.

Leash training a dog is one of the final skills you will accomplish not the first.

Lead your dog

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Real World Exercise for You and Your Puppy

You can use this exercise for pups or dogs of any age.

  1. Run down to one of the many great open spaces we have here in Broomfield.
  2. The goal is to pay attention to your puppies behavior and how it changes.
  3. When a dog is in view how does your puppies behavior change?
  4. When a stranger is in view how does your dogs behavior change?
  5. if your dog is aware of the person or dog and has no reaction reward them
  6. If your dog shows signs of stress move away from the person or dog until your dog begins to calm.
  7. When you are certain your dog is calm, reward.

The goal is not to meet the dog or person.

Supper simple but, the goals are for you to get to know your puppy. Teach your Puppy to self calm. It also trains you to pay attention to your dog’s behavior. Paying attention to your canines behavior, understanding it and being about to shape it is an elite dog trainer and handler master skill.

This takes practice. Give it a shot and let us know how it goes.

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