By Ian Dunbar
For those who select a brand new dog, you want to meet six developmental closing dates earlier than your dog is simply 5 months outdated. "BEFORE You Get Your dog" covers the 1st 3 developmental points in time overlaying the interval of dog choice until eventually your puppy's first week at domestic.
1st Developmental cut-off date: Your schooling approximately dog schooling - ahead of you look for a dog you must whole your schooling approximately dog schooling. you want to know the way to pick a superb dog and the way doggies paintings. determining a dog is the same to choosing a automobile: Do plenty of learn previously and "test force" a wide selection. yet first, you want to easy methods to force.
2nd Developmental closing date: comparing Your potential Puppy's development - sooner than 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 should not good underway by means of 8 weeks of age, the dog is already developmentally retarded.
3rd Developmental cut-off date: Errorless Housetraining & Chewtoy-Training make sure that an errorless housetraining and chewtoy-training application is instituted from the first actual day your dog comes domestic.
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Friendly dogs are self-apparent when you meet them, and so meet as many of your prospective puppy's relatives as possible. Friendly dogs are living proof of good socialization by a good breeder. Beware the breeder who is only willing to show you puppies. First, a good breeder will take the time to see how you get along with adult dogs before letting you anywhere near the pups. A good breeder wouldn't let you leave with a puppy if you didn't know how to handle an adult dog, which your puppy will be in just a few months.
When You Are Not at Home Keep your puppy confined to a fairly small puppy playroom, such as the kitchen, bathroom, or utility room. You can also use an exercise pen to cordon off a small section of a room. This is your puppy’s long-term confinement area. It should include: 1. A comfortable bed 2. A bowl of fresh water 3. Plenty of hollow chewtoys (stuffed with dog food) 4. A doggy toilet in the farthest corner from her bed 58 ERRORLESS HOUSETRAINING Obviously, your puppy will feel the need to bark, chew, and eliminate throughout the course of the day, and so she must be left somewhere she can satisfy her needs without causing any damage or annoyance.
Com. 46 CHAPTER THREE THE SECOND DEVELOPMENTAL DEADLINE Evaluating Puppy's Progress (Before You Select Your Puppy) B y the time you bring your new puppy home, say at eight weeks of age, she should already be accustomed to an indoor domestic environment (especially one with noises) and well-socialized with people. Similarly, housetraining, chewtoy-training, and tutoring in basic manners should be well underway. If not, your prospective puppy's social and mental development is already severely at risk, and sadly, you will be playing catch-up for the rest of her life.
Before You Get Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar