Years ago, a client coined the term F.R.A.P.ing-- Frenetic Random Activity Periods for the wild puppy “crazies” that take over your pup twice a day (or more). It’s a perfect term and we’ve used it ever since.
The Internet has been a boon to puppy mills. No middle-man needed, they can now sell directly to unsuspecting consumers. Such puppy-pushing websites have common features; be on the lookout for the following (few sites will have all these features but the more they have, the more suspicious you should be):
Many people are concerned about whether their pup’s behavior is normal or a sign of “dominance” or “aggression.” The good news is the majority of mouthing is 100% normal. Obnoxious maybe but normal.
Mouthing is a playful behavior most pups indulge in, which involves their mouth on your flesh. It is generalized (meaning they mouth everyone equally), some breeds mouth more than others and the beginning of teething (around four months of age) can bring it to a crescendo.
Every puppy goes through this process. With a few tricks of the trade in hand, you can use this event to lay the foundation for future wonderful walking and control around distractions. It isn’t a big deal – you see Sarah work a young Jack Russell Terrier through some of her concerns in just a few moments.
Any problem solving exercise begins with the question: Are all the basics in place? If we’re problem solving some issue with our car, we start with these questions: Is there gas in the tank? Enough oil?
From the first day you bring your new puppy into your home, you are either developing habits you want or encouraging ones you don’t. Whether you are aware of it or not, your puppy is learning. The good news is that developing good behavior isn’t especially complicated and is largely a matter of three simple things:
Such an exciting day – so much unknown, so much change for both of you! Unless your puppy has already had some crating and alone time (and way too few have) he’s in for a shock. He never has known that being alone was possible or that anywhere “away from home” even existed. You’re the best thing to ever happen to him, but he doesn’t know that yet.
You have a puppy or one is coming soon. Congratulations! Now you want to make your home safe for your pup (and safe from your pup). Good thinking.
Submissive urination, as it's called, is the canine version of politeness. The quick translation is: “You are more powerful than I am; I bow before you." Prime times for this are when you or anyone else enters your home, when you call your dog to you or if you scold your dog. This has nothing to do with housebreaking. It is actually an extremely respectful canine gesture. Many pups will do this and, if you don't react to it, most will outgrow it.