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==== ====For Parking Dogs Tips &Puppy Training Teach Your Puppy Special Secrets &Tricks ! The MoreYou Teach Your Puppy The Happier And Beter Behaved Your dog will be all the Time .CheckThis Outhttp://tinyurl.com/Specialtricks==== ====When your puppy first comes home, his mind is a blank slate. He knows nothing about the worldexcept what you show him. Puppies are not born understanding the world around them, whattraffic is, what objects such as worms or leaves are, how to cope with people, cars, other pets ornoises. These are things you must expose puppy to, ensuring that he has positive experienceswith each exploration. All the sights and sounds we take for granted in our world are novel to apuppy...hes never seen any of it! Introducing him to all of these things in his environment is nosmall task but its the most important thing youll ever do for your puppy.Puppies need to be socialized between 4 and 16 weeks of age. A puppys brain is most acceptingof new experiences between 4 and 12 weeks of age making this the critical period forsocialization. In the following 4 weeks, the socialization window starts to close. If socializationdoesnt start until after this period, the puppy will be socially handicapped. After four months ofage, when the socialization window closes, its much more difficult to influence a puppys opinionand attitude. Of course, the puppy can still learn, but it is infinitely harder because the puppy hasto unlearn inappropriate responses such as fear or reactivity. For example, if a puppy is notexposed to crowds prior to four months of age, he may be so paralyzed with fear of the sights andsounds that crowds make, it may be impossible, or at best, uncomfortable for him to cope in thissituation. If the puppy is exposed to crowds prior to four months of age and introduced in a positiveway, he will accept crowds as "normal in his environment" and not be reactive or nervous about it.The key is to make sure your puppy gets exposed to everything he may ever be exposed to duringhis lifetime, while he is very young. Introducing puppy to new stimuli and experiences is critical tohaving a well-adjusted and behaviorally healthy adult dog.Prevention is far better than rehabilitation! A properly socialized puppy is well adjusted and makesa good companion. It is neither frightened by nor aggressive towards anyone or anything he wouldnormally meet in day-to-day living. An un-socialized dog is a liability. Typical behaviors of anunsocialized dog include fear and stress disorders, fear biting and fearful aggression. Unsocializeddogs cannot adapt to new situations and a simple walk around the neighborhood can panic yourpet creating hiding behaviors, pulling on the leash to get away from the "scary thing" or offensiveaggression (lunging on leash, biting or acting like Cujo to scare the frightening thing away). Dontlet this happen to your dog. Start socializing your new puppy NOW!Vaccinations and exposure risksEnrolling your puppy in a puppy socialization class is ideal and is typically safe. This is a wonderfulopportunity to get your puppy out of the house on a regular basis and expose him to newsituations and experiences.
People are sometimes warned not to take their puppies out in public until they are fully vaccinatedfor fear that the puppy might catch disease. But times have changed and veterinary behavioristsnow recommend that you get puppy out and socialize him as soon as hes completed his firstround of shots. The risk of life-long behavioral consequences of not socializing a puppy prior to 16weeks by far outweighs the small risk that puppy may catch something contagious. Behavioralproblems are the number one reason dogs are euthanized in this country. And many of theseproblems would not have presented in the dog if he was properly socialized in puppyhood. Visitthe link at the end of this article to read the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviorposition statement relative to puppy vaccinations and socialization.The chances of your puppy contracting a disease are rare but you do want to minimize risks. Onlytake your puppy into controlled environments until he is fully vaccinated. Facilities that hold puppyclasses are usually sanitized and prepped specifically for puppies. Puppies are also typicallyseparated from regular dog traffic. Dog parks, dog beaches and any other environment wheredogs can run free should be avoided. Numerous diseases are transferred via infected urine andfeces so avoid places where puppy can accidentally run through pet waste. Pet stores andboutiques are great places to socialize your puppy but carry him or put him in a cart, not on thefloor, until hes fully vaccinated.Where socialization beginsPuppy socialization should begin at home. When you first bring your pup home, visit your vet for awellness check. If all is well, begin acclimating your pup to the sounds, sights and smells of hisnew environment - your home and yard. Be patient with puppy and remember that hes never seenhousehold items like mirrors, TVs, a remote control, etc. His vision will still be blurry and his brainand hearing still developing. While youre introducing puppy to all the items in your home and yard,plan a puppy party. Invite everyone you know to your home for a "meet my puppy" event. Invitethe gang over to watch a sporting event so that puppy can see and hear people having fun andgetting loud! After a few days, its time to introduce puppy to the world around him and all thewonders contained within it.The car ride itself is a novel experience for puppies so dont travel too far the first few times puppygets in the car. Head into town, carrying your pup around. Bring lots of treats, and ask everyoneyou see if they want to meet your pup to offer him a treat. There are very few people in this worldwho can resist a puppy! You want your puppy to think that loud noises, funny smells and sillypeople roaming the streets are perfectly normal.If theres heavy traffic, give your puppy a treat as it passes. If a fire engine or ambulance goes by,treat and sound happy. Truck or bus backfires? Treat and act silly! This will get your puppy used toall the noises and potentially scary things that he will inevitably encounter. If you expose yourpuppy to street sounds and traffic in a positive way hell be comfortable walking down the streetwith you despite loud noises and other distractions.Where to socializeDog friendly, open air shopping centers are ideal for puppy socialization. If you live in Raleigh, theLake Boone Shopping Center is pet friendly. Stop into Unleashed, the Dog Store to introduce your
puppy to dog-loving humans and friendly canines and have lunch at a sidewalk cafe next door.This environment allows your puppy to have new experiences while on leash. Quail CornersShopping Center is also dog friendly. Relax in the patio section of Its a Grind, coffee shop wheretreats are available for humans and canines alike.Cant find a shopping center near you? Most Starbucks and Panera locations have outdoorseating where you can sit with puppy while you enjoy coffee or a snack.Dog bakeries also make a rewarding (and yummy) socialization outing! These specialty bakeriescan be found in most cities. If youre in the Raleigh area, Bone Appetit, Three Dog Bakery andGourmutts cant be beat for friendliness and scrumptious, homemade treats!Your veterinarians office is also an important place to visit. Puppys early experiences there aresurrounded by vaccinations (ouch!) so counter-balance this with positive experiences! Stop in afew times and let puppy hang out by the counter for a few minutes. Feed him lots of treats and lethim get loved on by the staff and waiting clients. Now thats a positive experience!Banks can also be a great training ground for socializing a puppy. Many will let you carry yourpuppy in and may even offer him a biscuit. Your bank doesnt welcome dogs? Take your puppythrough the drive-thru so he can have that experience as well! Speaking of drive-thrus, these canbe especially traumatizing for a dog whos never seen one before. Take your puppy throughseveral drive-thrus such as the bank, drug store or fast food restaurant.People parks (not dog parks) are an excellent place for socialization. As long as dogs are allowedon leash, take puppy and let him see the walkers, joggers, bikers and wild life that abounds.Another benefit to parks is the exposure to multiple flooring surfaces. A typical park offers grass,concrete, gravel, wood and pine straw. Parks such as Shelley Lake in Raleigh offer all of this pluswood-plank bridges, a playground where puppy can meet some kids and of course, the lake. Thisis a socialization extravaganza!Make play dates for your puppy where he can socialize one-on-one with a safe and friendly dog.Your puppy should meet and greet numerous dogs in his critical socialization period (30-50 is notunreasonable). Playing with the same dog repeatedly, wont give puppy the social skills orconfidence he needs.Scary SituationsBe careful not to give too much attention if your puppy acts fearful in a situation that is normal. If abicycle races by and your puppy cowers you will be tempted to pet him and reassure him that "itsok, youre alright, its ok". If you do this, you are unknowingly praising puppy for his fear andrewarding the behavior. Its best to be silent, not to acknowledge the reaction and move on. Whenthe next bicycle (or other scary thing) comes near, offer a food reward to puppy so he redirects histhoughts from fear to treat.From 16 weeks through at least one year of age, it is imperative that you make every effort toexpand the puppys environment and expose him to new things. Puppies should be around asmany different people and animals as possible. Take them with you when you go for a walk,shopping, or even to work. Encourage your children to bring their friends over to meet the new
puppy. Take an obedience or training course where they will meet other dogs... all of this isimportant.The list of things to socialize a puppy to include:People and children of every size, shape and color, especially people wearing hats, sunglasses,beards and uniforms. Other animals but especially dogs, cats, squirrels and rabbits. Odd soundsand sudden, loud noises. You may want to pick up a Puppy Desensitization CD for this purpose.Things that move and make sound are critically important and include: cars, bikes, skateboards,roller-skates, rollerblades, strollers, vacuum, motorcycles, garbage trucks, mail trucks and buses.City life including car traffic and crowds are essential!Dont forget to assess your familys hobbies and entertainment preferences. If youre golfers,introduce puppy to the golf bag, spiked shoes, golf hat, etc. If youre boaters, introduce puppy tothe boat several times before taking him out on the water. Baseball fans? Let puppy watch hisfamily throw and hit balls. Even better, take puppy to a local childrens game and sit in thebleachers with him for 20 to 30 minutes. This is a great new experience for puppy. You cantypically find a baseball, soccer or football game every weekend! Anyone up for basketball? Find apublic court and sit with puppy (not too close). Let him watch the moving ball and all the frenziedaction!The bottom line is to involve your puppy as much as you can in your daily activities. He willbecome well-socialized and besides, thats the reason you got him, right?Resources for additional information: www.avsabonline.orgPaws in Training, Inc. 2010http://www.pawsintraining.comPaws in Training provides dog training, dog behavior evaluations, dog consultations and dogeducation services in Raleigh North Carolina.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Angel_Wasserman
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