Before You Get Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar

By Ian Dunbar

In case you select a brand new dog, you must meet six developmental closing dates ahead of your dog is simply 5 months outdated. "BEFORE You Get Your dog" covers the 1st 3 developmental time cut-off dates overlaying the interval of dog choice till your puppy's first week at domestic.

1st Developmental closing date: Your schooling approximately dog schooling - earlier than you look for a dog you want to whole your schooling approximately dog schooling. you want to understand how to pick a very good dog and the way pups paintings. choosing a dog is the same to choosing a motor vehicle: Do plenty of learn previously and "test force" a large choice. yet first, you want to the best way to force.

2nd Developmental time limit: comparing Your potential Puppy's development - ahead of you opt your dog, you want to understand how to evaluate your potential puppy's present socialization and academic prestige. despite breed or breeding, if socialization, housetraining, and uncomplicated manners aren't good underway through 8 weeks of age, the dog is already developmentally retarded.

3rd Developmental time limit: Errorless Housetraining & Chewtoy-Training make sure that an errorless housetraining and chewtoy-training software is instituted from the first actual day your dog comes domestic.

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Neonatal pups are extremely sensitive and impressionable, and this is the very best time to accustom them to being handled. Neonatal puppies may not see or hear very well, but they can smell and feel. Of course, neonatal and early puppy socialization, being of paramount importance, must be done gently and carefully. • Ask the breeder how many people have handled, gentled, trained, and played with the pups daily. • Specifically, ask the breeder how many children, men, and strangers have worked with the puppies.

What you are trying to evaluate is the extent of each pup's reaction and the pup’s bounce-back time. For example, we expect a puppy to react to a sudden and unexpected loud noise, but we do not expect him to go to pieces. Judge whether the puppy reacts or 50 EVALUATING PUPPY'S PROGRESS overreacts to sounds, and time how long it takes for the puppy to approach and take a food treat (the bounce-back time). Expect immeasurably short bounce-back times from bull breeds, and short bounce-backs from working dogs and terriers, but be prepared for longer bounce-back times from toys and herding breeds.

In no time at all, your pup will be happily preoccupied with his chewtoys. 65 BEFORE YOU GET YOUR PUPPY Before confining your puppy, make sure that she enjoys spending time in her crate. Feeding all of her dinner kibble stuffed into Kongs inside her crate usually does the trick within a couple of days. The following technique works even quicker. Have your puppy sit while you open the crate door... place a stuffed Kong inside the crate and close the door… …with your puppy on the outside!

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