MAX as a healthy, curious puppy — c/o
However, these recommendations will only harm your attempt at adjusting your dog.
Ask a person whose dog has a fear of rain, water, loud noises or thunder, if they used the can or spray bottle method when their pup was young, 8 out of 10 times they will say yes.
You see puppies go through two essential fear stages during their development, both of which coincide with critical socialization windows. (
Some breeds actually go through 3-4 four stages and what you want do not want to do-is imprinted fear-that will remain with them throughout their life.
This can happen if they are not kept
DO NOT FORCE
Forcing your pup into situations that they are not comfortable with or using the tactics listed above to address unwanted behavior, will only do the opposite of what you want to achieve; you will end up with a dog that doesn't properly adapt to its surroundings.
Fear in a dog comes out in several ways, nervous nellies, barkers, or a host of aggressive behaviors, these can all be results of not keeping a pup confident, secure independent (yes, too much coddling and no time alone can backfire too) . We need to expose them to new situations and give them the freedom to explore , yet never force. We want them to go at their own pace using their own healthy curiosity.
At Aunt Lyn’s, we do not suggest methods that intimidate your puppy with loud noises, water, and taps, but rather to not force your canine into a bad situation.
However, that doesn’t mean shying away a good learning lesson; next time there is thunder, a fire alarm, or a reason your little pup may panic, YOU must remain cool calm and project a sense of security.
Do not rush to comfort, but rather mentally and outwardly project that there is nothing to be afraid of. This is what a momma dog dogs and early on your dog speaks predominantly ......yes DOG! lol
So do what a dog would do.
The next time your pup shy's away from a new situation, such as a guest entering your home, do not force the pup towards the person or allow the person to grab or keep going at or coxing your pup. Let the pup observe as they do in nature - until he or she feels comfortable to approach. Your pup is observing you and how you react-after all you are the pack leader.
In this way the pup is learning to trust its own observational skills and instincts and also sees that you have the skills to lead. After all, a good leader remains calm, sets the tone, encourages independence and self sufficiency-not dependency. Your puppy trusting you and seeing you as the leader, is tantamount in nurturing the secure, confident, well trained companion you want and need him or her to be.
As far as correcting bad behaivor such as grabbing a shoe or some other thing not allowed....Teach your dog like a momma dog would. Show disapproval with sound facial expression and gently but sternly push your pup away. Also add a human word -- this will begin transitioning your pup to understanding human words and communication, by associating your word with the canine sound- action and facial behavior you use.
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Talon ready to correct, puppy Cira Pace
GOOD LUCK! We know you can do this!
Recap Tip: when contemplating training techniques for young pups — always think about if the action is mimicking, even mildly the sound or action of a momma dog — because that's what works.
Think about it-a pup has not yet learned "ways of people" yet...
Citation: Bell, Kristen Leigh. 2004. Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals. Forres, Scotland: Findhorn Press.
“Critical periods in puppy development.”
Aunt Lyn has been in dog care service for over two decades.