Believe me this mistake is far too serious and too common to ignore.
I'm going to share an email I received yesterday with you because it's just too important and typical of what happens when people get a puppy and aren't aware of this... plus this will save you a lot of heartache and money wasted...
All around the world, thousands and thousands of people are getting new puppies every day and enrolling them in puppy school, or a puppy training class, thinking they are doing the right thing.
They could even progress to dog obedience later on thinking that they are going to end up with an obedient well trained dog that is safe and under their control.
They've spent hundreds of dollars and hours of their time in hope of achieving that...
Would you be shocked to know that they have wasted their money and that sending them to Puppy School or Dog Obedience doesn't mean they will achieve this?
What they will learn at obedience school is how to teach their dogs to follow commands in a sterile environment. Yes they will get some socialisation if done correctly, but what is often overlooked is the really important information.
The number one, most important thing for them to learn first is that YOU are the Pack Leader, this is crucial to prevent serious issues as your puppy grows up.
Understanding how to become and remain the Pack Leader and PREVENT serious issues as your puppy grows up is fundamental.
This will ensure that your training will work while they are puppies and continue to work as they grow up.
Now back to the email I received...
from a lovely lady who unfortunately spend hundreds of dollars and many hours at puppy training, and is now seeking help, it's a classic example of what happens every single day. She has spent close to $500 and she is left with several serious issues which she now needs help with.
Her dog is growling, barking, nipping her to get attention, is fixated, can't relax and follows her everywhere so that she doesn't get any peace.
So what is the point of puppy pre-school and puppy training if all they learn is sit and stay?
Here is the email she sent in...
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 suggest someone to come and help us get our lovely little girl back?” Thanks Christine W and Poppy
Very sad, when you think that it could have all been prevented and saved her all the stress, time and money if she had only known about Dan's training in the first place.
No one explained to the puppies owner the importance of becoming the Pack Leader because as always this is the real cause of the problems.
Nipping, Barking, following the owner around, not settling, are all symptoms of a dog that thinks that it has to be the Pack Leader to protect the property.
And the dog will follow you around to protect you, much the same as a mum will follow her children to protect them.
It all comes down to YOU becoming the Pack Leader so that your puppy can switch off and relax because you are now in charge.
Puppy training to follow commands is fun and so it should be, your puppy needs to learn these skills but it shouldn't be the only thing you focus on.
Gaining you dogs respect is vital, you really need to understand that, so that they will listen to your commands even when they are fully grown. Keeping them safe when it really matters.
One of the best sites I have found to learn these skills to help your dog is Doggy Dan's Video Website - The On line Dog Trainer...
Watch Dan raising his very cute puppy, Moses, from 8 weeks of age right through to 8 months and beyond, it's full of training hints.
On his site he covers all dog training and dog behavioural problems.
AND right now, Dan offers a 3 Day $1 trial of the site that you can take advantage of.
Go and take a look for yourself, you will really enjoy his method of training, it's not hard at all and he cover the REALLY important topics on raising a puppy effectively.
It's a video diary of an amazing puppy who has turned out to be a fantastic dog.
Follow his lead, (pardon the pun) don't wait until you have problems with your dog, save yourself the stress and the cost of having to re-train when problems develop later on.
It's true that prevention is better than cure!
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