Huge Costly Mistakes That Puppy Owners Make
An email which was sent to me yesterday made me realize it was of utmost importance for me to share the contents with you so you don’t have to go through the same heartaches and disappointment while throwing money down the sink.
Currently, there are a lot of puppy owners sending their puppies to puppy pre-school, puppy training classes and from then on moving onto dog obedience.
And I beg to question, why are they making such moves? The only logical conclusion I could arrive at was that they end up owning well-behaved dogs with self-control and are safe to be around.
This brings me to my next question, what if you go through all these processes and you don’t end up with a well-behaved dog? Do you really have to spend a fortune to achieve this?
The main aim of going through obedience school is to get your dogs to follow instructions in a sterile environment, there are some benefits to this if executed in the right manner.
But essential information is most times ignored. Take, for instance, knowing how to be and remain the leader of the pack and avoid serious issues that may arise as your puppy grows is of paramount importance. What you actually need is a system of training that works well when your puppies are young and continue working when the dogs are all grown up.
Here is a case of a very nice lady who had spent some hundreds of dollars in puppy training and is now looking for assistance. The combined cost so far would be about $500.
Right now her concern is how to understand and deal with serious issues like; BARKING, GROWLING, SEEKING ATTENTION, FIXATIONS, CONSTANT FOLLOWING, and RESTLESSNESS.
At this point, let me ask you again, what was the point of the puppy pre-school and puppy training?
Below is the content of her email to me:
For my 30th birthday last year I got a little puppy who, for the most part, has been well behaved. She has done a couple of puppy schools and training classes where she did very well and showed she was a quick learner. However, over the last few months (she is now 1 and a quarter) her behavior has been getting worse.
Here is a list of her issues at the moment:
– Barking & growling. She is constantly growling out the windows at nothing in particular, anything can set her off – birds, the neighbors chickens, people next door, trees moving, rustling in the bush, dogs down on the beach, kids toys on the lawn next door and imaginary things. Once she starts barking she seems to get fixated on it. This is her biggest problem and it is so frustrating not only to us but I am sure to the neighbors as well. As well as barking at things outside, when she wants attention she will growl/bark/nip at me (only does this with mainly me, sometimes other family members. Is very cuddly at the park with other people).
– She is unable to occupy herself and is constantly following me around. She does not seem to know how to relax and chill out.
– Because of her barking, we can't leave her outside by herself, as she will just bark non-stop.
She has a sweet personality but the barking and attention seeking is very draining and I would like to be able to enjoy having her around again and I am sure she would be happier if she were more independent and relaxed.
Do you think you would be able to come and help us get our lovely little girl back?”
Christine Wakefield and Poppy
It would have been a whole easier and cost far less in preventing this situation from occurring in the first place. All the time and money spent in training the puppy on how to sit, look and do simple things have brought us to this point.
The most important thing missing and which wasn’t explained to the new puppy owner was the importance of becoming the pack leader, and is usually the root cause of all the issues from Barking, to following the owner, to overall restlessness.
A dog who thinks he is the pack leader would bark to protect his property, if this isn’t the case, they would bark to at virtually everything they see unless you put a stop to it. They would move around with their owners once they think they are the pack leader just to protect them. In the same way, a good mother would always keep her eye on her child.
It all boils down to being the pack leader and learning how to calm your puppy down so they can relax and feel free because you are in control.
Being able to train your puppy to comprehend command is a whole lot of fun and it should be an important part of your puppy training, however, try to ensure it is not the only thing you are focused on. Learn to understand the importance of earning your dog’s respect. This is to ensure they are constantly listening to you.
A very interesting website where you can watch and learn about topics like How To Train Your Puppy can be found on Doggy Dan's website.
This website shows Dan raising his puppy, Moses, from 8 weeks old to beyond 8 months. It also covers a whole lot of dog training and dog behavioral problems.
The fun part of it is Dan offers a 3 Day $1 trial of his website so you can take advantage of this offer. I recommend that you look into the site as soon as possible.
The site contains everything you would need to raise a puppy, it is the video chronicle of an amazing puppy who transforms into a fantastic dog.
Do not hesitate until things begin to go awfully wrong, Remember, Prevention is better than cure!
And you want to get it right the first time