After Puppy Pre-School...

...Life is a classroom!


Voice Control -

The tone of your voice is the best way to correct misbehavior.   The puppy must be "caught in the act" for the correction to be effective.  When you "catch" your puppy doning something wrong, you must show your displeasure with a loud "NO!"   This gains your puppies attention immediately. 


The most common mistake when correcting your puppy is to show anger.  When you loose control with anger it creates insecurity in your puppy and weakens the bond you are trying to forge with your pet. 


Physical punishment should never be involve in correcting your Poodle puppy.  This makes a puppy distrustful and shy, and may "teach" fearful, non-aggressie pups to bite as a defense.


Correcting Inapproriate Chewing -  


Puppies are like incessant babies.  Everything they encounter eventually goes in the mouth!!!  For two reasons: one, this is their way of exploring their surroundings; and two, they need to chew to develop strong teeth and jaws.


If you catch the puppy in the act of chewing on inappropriate items, correct the behavior immediately with a loud "No!", and substitute the item with a chew toy.


Please note that "too many toys" will cause the puppy to believe that everything is fair game.  Two - three different chews will give variety and definition of what is available for chewing.


Provide good nylon chew toys, and avoid rawhides and greenies.  If ingested they can do damage in the gastrointestinal tract.  In some cases death has occurred.

Discipline for Nipping & Mouthing -

A puppy's natural way of learning is to mouth and bite littermates and objects.  As the puppy gets older, he realizes that his bite brings pain and usually develops an instinct to bite down softer.  A young, overexcited, playful puppy may accidentally nip or snap when playing with people.  This can be difficult to correct when the puppy grows older if it is allowed as a youngster.


If nipping occurs use your voice, wrap your fingers around the snoot, and loudly say, "No!"  Remember, not to show anger.  Just be firm.  Remove your puppy with a "time-out", isolated in the crate for a few minutes down time.  Be consistent.  Puppies learn to interact with more manners when corrected. 


Do not attempt to punish or physically dominate a truely aggressive dog.  This may actually provoke an attack.  Completely isolate this kind of dog from people and discuss this problem with your veterinarian right away.






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