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Old 05-03-2015, 01:53 PM   #41 (permalink)
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I'm new to all this so I appreciate this thread, I wanted to add there's an app called pup school that has all the sounds you want to socialize your puppy too. You start on low volume and increase as u go.
Where do I find this app? Is it for Apple products, Android or Blackberry?

Sounds like an awesome tool.
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As a new puppy, my husband and I enjoy running in the am. I am wondering when can a new standard start running w us at the park? I will do daily walks with my kids age 3.5. Thanks
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Very helpful. My toy was not afraid of feet and it was a problem. This will be helpful when we get out new one. Thank you.
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>I also recommend the Ian Dunbar books What To Do Before/After You Get Your Puppy<

So I'm nearly through the Before book. The most innovative thing I've learned is to feed ALL the pup's daily food by stuffing chew toys. This makes so much sense!
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I did exactly that, ...read the free docs from Ian Dunbar,.. bought a crate...large play pen,chew toys (more on the way).
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I wanted to add my input.

I'm an owner, have been a fosterer, and my background is animal behavior professional. I specialize in service dogs and rescue animals of varied species. College psychology major, over a decade of hands on training, and ever-continuing education (I keep up with the research, webinars, seminars, consulting with other behavior professionals, reading published works, etc. I'm insatiable and a nerd for this stuff). I also founded and run two large training groups on Facebook.

Please note, the field of animal behavior is NOT regulated. Literally, anyone can hang a shingle and start charging money at anytime. No questions asked.

But enough about me and that. The person who's done the most research on puppies, and is the unofficial guru when it comes to puppies is Dr. Ian Dunbar. His website covers not only everything you could ever need or want to know about puppy training, but also about adult dogs as well. Dog Star Daily

It's free, it's endless in it has to teach if you want to learn. It's based on much research and up to date information. It's priceless. Yes, there are a few things I disagree with, but mostly I think he's golden. (For instance, some of my clients and myself don't mind gentle mouthing play behavior, while he says you should get rid of all mouthing. The entire household needs to pick one or the other and be consistent. Gentle play mouthing or no mouth on skin at all.)

I'll also add additional links at the bottom of my post in order.

Puppies: An ounce of prevention is worth a dog's lifetime of trouble. Puppies are a lot of work. It pays off, you'll sit easy (relatively) if you put in the time and effort now.

1. Fear Periods in puppies and adolescent dogs

2. Puppy class

A. Do it ASAP. A week after the first Parvo and first Distemper shot (both come in a set of three).

B. Introducing novel things/experiences equal positive outcomes, dog learns new/different doesn't need to be feared. Medical and grooming husbandry included.
(Please, please, please start on nails now, even if you're only fake clipping, 99% of dogs I meet are deathly afraid of nail trims.)

C. Socialization, so as to help to prevent inter-dog aggression from forming.

a. Bite pressure inhibition, puppies can help to teach each other this. We have to help take them the rest of the way, but remember, we're not dogs and they're smart animals, they know this. Pretending to be the way we think dogs are is confusing at best, and teaches your puppy the wrong thing at worst. Like you're a source of pain if you hand "bite" them, for example. This weakens obedience down the road if they fear you.

D. Safety behaviors

These are behaviors that can save lives, or prevent dog/handler injury.
What I consider must haves are:
Recall, stay (body position doesn't matter), drop (it), leave (it), leash manners for strong/big dogs, not counter surfing, big dogs not jumping on guests, ability to be confined (crate, exercise pen, spare room, whatever you use) without anxiety. (The ability to be crated is important even if you don't want or need one. Dogs may have to be crated in times of emergency, house fires, flooding, hospital stay at the vet, etc. It pays to be prepared for the unpredictable.)

These behaviors must be generalized to the puppy at a distance too. Dogs are EXTREMELY literal learners. For example, your dog may know the behavior "sit" right in front of you, but tell him to "sit" while you're just a few feet away, and I'll bet you $10 that he first comes to stand right in front of you before sitting unless you've taught him sit also at a distance.

E. Sanity behaviors

These are the manners, basically. Things to keep your sanity.

F. Adolescence

Dogs go through a teenager phase. Their brain is changing and also hormones are soaring, this quite literally gets in the way of their ability to think.

My puppy is going into adolescence; or what alien abducted my sweet dog and left this monster clone? | Examiner.com

I highly recommend at this time that you go back to basics, where needed, and work your way back up.

I also recommend utilizing the Premack Principle at this time. (See links)

If your teenager is giving you an especially hard time, you might find Sophia Yin's "Learn To Earn" program to be useful.

(Carefully consider not tethering your dog as this takes away their flight response should they feel the need to hide or need space, it also can cause separation anxiety/separation anxiety worse in some dogs. Baby gates and exercise pens may be a more suitable choice.)

For instilling impulse control, very useful for teenager dogs, Leslie McDevitt's Control Unleashed: The Puppy Program can't be beat.

Now for links other than what you'll find at dogstardaily:

My puppy is going into adolescence; or what alien abducted my sweet dog and left this monster clone? | Examiner.com

Pet Ownerships and Pet Resources - FamilyEducation.com (Premack Principle)

(Different rewards, food is only the tip of the iceberg) List of Reinforcers

https://fearfuldogs.wordpress.com/20...-dog-trainers/

*How to find a trainer/behavior professional in line with your preferences, I further encourage you to sit in on a class/session (this does NOT mean a consultation) WITHOUT your dog in order to observe how they train.

How to Choose a Dog Trainer

http://avsabonline.org/uploads/posit...er_(AVSAB).pdf

http://avsabonline.org/uploads/posit...Statements.pdf

http://avsabonline.org/uploads/posit...ad-10-3-14.pdf

https://apdt.com/pet-owners/choosing-a-trainer/myths/ (Please click on their links for important subjects)

Body language:

(-Eileenanddogs Blog

Dog Body Language Posts and Videos - eileenanddogseileenanddogs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bg_gGguwzg)

Examples of how dogs learn differently than humans. Why your dog may have been "disobedient". I never assume, I always set dogs up for success and re-evaluate when they don't comply. We're human, we err, just as they err too. Teacher AND pupil mess up:

Video Examples for Teachers - eileenanddogseileenanddogs

More causes for "disobedience". I learned many of these by taping myself training:

Pain, illness, fear, anxiety, over excitement, your verbal/hand cues (commands) look/sound too similar to another behavior's cue, your verbal/hand cue changed since you taught it (humans develop habits, consciously or subconsciously), your dog didn't see you signal, your dog didn't hear you, you didn't prepare your dog to understand and be to be successful at the level of difficulty you're asking for a behavior, you didn't actually teach the behavior you thought you did, you were inconsistent, you rewarded undesired behavior, you created a behavior chain (a strung together chain of behaviors dogs sometimes develop on their own despite you only wanting a specific behavior), your dog is having trouble focusing (focus is a limited commodity and dogs need to recharge it, and build up their ability to focus), your dog had a memory slip, your dog is going through what's known as an "extinction burst" (trying very hard at a behavior before finally giving it up because it consistently doesn't pay off), and on and on.

Humans like time, patience, empathy, and fairness when learning new things, practicing the already known, or working through emotional problems. Please extend the same courtesy to dogs. Your puppy/dog isn't a programmable robot, instantly obedient to whatever you program, and instantaneously cured of whatever emotional issues he was having. Some emotional issues never fully go away. Some behavior problems are better managed than trained away, especially given your own energy/commitment preferences. Some people would rather put up a baby-gate at the kitchen entrance than teach a dog to stop begging. Or put the dog in another room before answering the doorbell. Or close the window blinds when lots of people are out walking dogs and it gets your own dog barking. Sometimes management can be phased out, and you'll have learned behavior without little to no effort.

(Puppies can be injured by excessive exercise. Too much repetitive motion, and also too high impact can be injurious to still developing bodies.) https://www.facebook.com/notes/52330...2289412885273/

Please keep nails at a short length. And make it very pleasant for your puppy. If you quick them (cut too deep and draw blood), shower them with bacon. A tummy ache to prevent deep seeded fear is worth it. But nail grinding (like with a Dremel tool) is preferable, or if using clippers, only cut very thin slices at a time, it cuts down on the chance of quicking.

Cutting Your Dog's Nails . . . How Important Is it Really? | Susan Garrett&#039;s Dog Training Blog

Pet insurance is a wise investment these days. There are enough companies competing with each other to give you many worthwhile options.

Contrafreeloading is a very good idea. Please Google "dog enrichment" for ideas. Mental exercise tires dogs out better than purely physical exercise. (Treadmills are boring and human treadmills are dangerous for dogs.)
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[QUOTE=msminnamouse;2370977]I wanted to add my input.

I have read and reread your reply to this thread. Thank you for adding your input!!

Dr. Ian Dunbar’s name comes up quite a bit in many things that I read.

Up to this point my favorite book to read has been Puppy’s First Steps edited by Nicholas Dodman.

Dog Star daily is now a go to page for information for me. At this time in our life bite inhibition is my number one priority. I really wouldn’t mind gentle play mouthing if I could only get Toby to not bite hard and think of me as a playmate! He bites on me and my clothing quite often, daily.

I know he gets bored. He plays with his toys. We go outside in backyard walk, sometimes run. He chews his bully sticks sometimes for a half an hour. And then begins to bite on me again. It seems to be a playful biting but it hurts!

At this time I do not believe that Toby is afraid of anything. More curious than afraid.
When we are in the backyard he is into everything ! I worry he might get sick from the leaf he puts in his mouth, the grass, the sticks, mulch…the stones!

I (me) will be in the second week of puppy class in 2 day’s. Toby finally will join me week 3 after his final shots are given. He is going to be 12 weeks old in 2 days.

Toby has had his first grooming experience four days ago (his nails were done also of course) I plan on trying a Dremel for his nails. I will continue to touch his feet and trim his nails always. Thank you! ☺ (I admit I have to get on the ball about brushing his teeth!!)

My belief from what I am reading is that puppies playing with other puppies is a MUST to help out with biting. I really look forward to Toby finally being able to play with other puppies.

I love your detailed information under safety behaviors.
The fact that these behaviors must be done at a distance as well! I never thought of the importance until just now from reading your post THANK YOU AGAIN!

Recall: until I looked it up in the dictionary I didn’t really realize that it was officially ordering your puppy to return to a place.

RECALL STAY DROP (it) LEAVE (it) I am going to make it a point to start reading up on training these four important items. I am sure that they will go over these in puppy class but I’d like to know in advance anything that will help us learn.

Ability to be confined CRATE:☺ I’m very proud of Toby on this one, in the three weeks we have had him he has come to accept being in the crate at night and during the day when daddy goes to the Y very well. Only occasionally will he whimper for a couple of seconds.
EXERCISE (play) PEN= most times. But he lets it be known that he would rather be with us.
SPARE ROOM: his playpen is in the kitchen (it takes up a third of the room) he is not allowed in the rest of the house yet except on the sofa or chair with us.

You spoke of leash manners for large dogs…. my tiny Toby continues to grab the leash when we walk around the yard, he grabs it…growls as he walks with it in his mouth… running off ahead of me. I need to figure out how to address this problem. No and redirection does not seem to work. He continues to do it every time we go out.
I bought him a new harness to replace his collar … bought him a new leash instead of the strap leash he had. his new leash gets hooked on the back of his vest type harness. Although I really like the fact that it’s not pulling on his neck it still has not helped with this issue of him grabbing the leash with his mouth.

I plan on revisiting all of your advice re: adolescence before hand.

Your reply to this thread is a wealth of information!! How can I thank you!
Consider yourself hugged!!!

I will be revisiting your reply many many times as the days go by.

My first order of business today was to read your reply …my second is to order that Dremel tool which I am going to do right now!
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Myleen, there is excellent advise all throughout this thread from its beginnings to where it is now and in other training stickies. Look at all of them!
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Myleen, there is excellent advise all throughout this thread from its beginnings to where it is now and in other training stickies. Look at all of them!
Hi Lilly,

Yes I agree there is excellent advice all over this forum!!!!
I am very happy that I am on this forum there is so much to learn!!!!

Could someone tell me how to post a current picture of Toby under my post?
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I recently found a big blog post that has tips and advice for training a new puppy.
https://www.dogids.com/blog/puppy-tr...ps-and-advice/

It's divided up into chapters which is nice and makes it easy to read.
Hope this helps someone!

Cheers~ <3
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