Friday, September 21, 2007

Why Dogs Bite

Why do Dogs Bite?The underlying reason dogs bite is to assert their authority.When they are first born, deaf blind, and premature, their only scent is smell. They smell mother and are totally dependent on her for warmth and nutrition. As the little ones mature, their sight and hearing develops and they become more independent. They learn at an early age that there is competition (other puppies) and they themselves are quite selfish, ie, would take all mothers milk and let siblings starve. Mother will monitor this and correct that behavior. She does this by biting them gently in the neck. This immediately signals the puppy to go into submission and the behavior is corrected. They recognize the mother as their supreme leader and the boss and will follow her each and every wish. As the pups mature and are weaned from mother, they are looking for a new leader. This must be a strong person that sets rules and boundaries with authority and the dog will happily comply with those and live a happy life. If the dog is not given rules and boundaries, it will take it upon itself to make the rules and it will become the supreme leader by default. It will enforce its rule by biting, just as Mother did. The key here is to never let the dog think it is #1. Humans always #1, dogs #2. Humans walk ahead of the dog, not the dog ahead of human. Human goes through the door first, dog follows. Human decides when to eat , when to play and when to give affection. Affection > always given in a calm submissive state. Exercise, disciple, then affection. For additional discussion on this consider viewing a book by Cesar Milan, the Dog Whisperer
Posted by Burgs at 7:33 AM

Monday, July 9, 2007

How to potty train a puppy

How to potty train a puppy.
Most dogs by nature are quite clean and will never soil in their perceived area unless given no other choice. The trick is for both you and your puppy to get on the same page as to what their perceived area is. If given too much area, such as run of the whole house, the dog by nature will make its own boundaries within that house and go potty where it feels it is not significant to bother him.

I recommend restricting a new puppy's boundaries whenever it cannot be 100% supervised or tended to. This is easily accomplished by using a crate. Put them outside first briefly and then in their restricted boundary, until you again can supervise and play with them. Whenever you put them in the crate and take them out, you should let them try to go potty. When they do go potty outside, praise and a special flavored treat are a good thing and the puppy quickly associated this with going potty and special attention. If they do not go potty outside, they should go back into their restricted boundary and not taken out to be played with for a few moments, then try again outside for another potty trip.

Also, the outside potty area should be restricted. It should not be a big play area, but a potty area. If too big, the puppy will play and forget to go potty and when brought back into the house go there. The puppy should only be in the potty area a short time and not left. If they do not make use of the potty time, they should go back in the crate without praise or a treat. Soon they will learn to get things done quickly and then on to treat and playtime.

As the puppy matures and becomes more used to the routine, the boundaries can be increased and finally eliminated. Hope this helps,