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How Cute Is That?

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So you have your new puppy and he’s soooo cute.  The little guy loves to jump up to greet you, pounce on you for attention, and explore the world running on leash with amazing speed and enthusiasm!  Isn’t that the cutest thing?!?!

Well, maybe it is now… but if you have a medium to large breed dog, it’s not going to be so cute in a few months.  Even if you have a smaller breed dog, I can attest to the fact that doggie nails on my shins is no walk through the park.

When bringing home the new pup, your rules and the behaviors you teach should be compatible with your expectations of the dog in 5 months, 5 years, and even 10 years.

I will discuss household manners later.  Before etiquette, there are a few priorities you need to address straight away with the pup.  Here are the developmental deadlines according to Ian Dunbar:

The 4th Developmental Deadline
Socialization with People
The Most Urgent Priority-by 12 weeks of age

The 5th Developmental Deadline
Learning Bite Inhibition
The Most Important Priority-by 18 weeks of age

The 6th Developmental Deadline
Preventing Adolescent Problems
The Most Enjoyable Priority-by five months of age

To read more about what to do After You Get Your Puppy, you can download Dr. Dunbar’s free e-book at http://www.dogstardaily.com/files/AFTER%20You%20Get%20Your%20Puppy.pdf

Now, back to household manners.  Teaching your dog a little bit of impulse control at a young age can set you up for tremendous success during adolescence and adulthood.  The best part is that it does not require any formal training or skills, it just requires some impulse control from the owner.

Many pups learn to get things by bullying their way into it.  Pup gets treats from your hands by pawing at and mauling your hands.  Pup gets attention by barking at or jumping on you.  Because it’s so cute (or you’re in pain from those pointy puppy teeth), you give in.

Rather than giving in too quickly, just wait.  Wait until the pup takes a breath from chewing on your closed hand.  Say yes and open your hand.  Wait until the pup puts all four paws on the ground before you give any attention or affection to him.  Pups pick up on this very quickly.

So please.. DO try this at home!


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  1. This is a BIG problem in our house. My three year old Staffie Bull jumps at people’s faces. She’s nipped my 7 year old step sons face on several occasions, and I can’t seem to get her to stop. I’m afraid she will one day hurt someone, without meaning it. I’m at a loss :(. !!!


    April 26, 2012 at 8:21 pm

  2. Thank you for your top notch blogs. They were highly informative. I have even bookmarked a few of them for future reference. Do you know any other blogs (or web pages in general) about dog training that are interesting?

    • Hi Michelle,
      Thanks for your feedback. The bloggers at http://www.dogstardaily.com provide insightful, scientific, and interesting information on a variety of dog training topics. Happy reading!


      August 26, 2012 at 8:11 pm

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