Puppy Training 3: How to Survive the Terrible 2’s Puppy Style PDF Print E-mail
Friday, September 10, 2010 00:00

Puppy Training, terrible two

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Being childless, I assumed it would be AFTER my first born I would have to encounter and attack the Terrible Twos. My how I was sadly mistaken. We have all heard that it’s 7 dog years to every 1 human year of life; some sites like DogBreedInfo.com even say its 14-15 years of dog growth in a puppy’s first year but did you know that our little pups don’t skip over the stubborn fits of toddler days.

It seemed our little guy Hurley was going to breeze right through without slamming us with misbehavior. Wrong! We just apparently have a late bloomer. Let’s start with how I knew for sure we were into the Terribles.

First, he started talking back. Yes, you read that correctly. I would give him a command, sit for instance, and instead of performing the command immediately he would bark a few times and then “reluctantly” sit once he saw I wasn’t going to let him not do what I said. As if that weren’t enough, we went out for a walk just like any other day. I allowed him off leash in an unsecured area, which was mistake number one, and my bid for securing the “worst furbaby parent” award for 2010, clearly. He saw some doggie friends on a walk; I called him “here” to come back to me. He turned toward me, made eye contact and hauled butt in the opposite direction which happened to be toward a road with passing vehicles. Luckily, for my heart and his life, the car saw him and stopped in time. Unfortunately, this meant I had to go running after him in high heels and work clothes in the middle of summer. Needless to say we do not allow off leash walks any longer.

So, now it’s back to the basics. All privileges have been revoked till further notice. The first thing we are working on is waiting at the door. Your pup needs to know open doors are not their invitation to run. Place them in a “sit” and teach them a command for “wait”; they can’t move until you give them a walk command such as “walk” or “let’s go”. This should happen for every door they walk through. This will teach him/her that crossing through doorways requires permission. This is for puppy’s safety.

This is the first battle to conquer! Be back with more progress reports, tips and trial and error in the next edition.

Puppy Training, terrible two



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