cute. Thereís no doubt about that. Their cute little paws, cute little
noses, and their huge black eyes, full of wonder, curiosity, and yes -
mischief. Everything they do is cute, and thatís partially the reason we
allow them to get away with so much. When little puppy jumps up on you,
just to say hi, itís adorable. When he barks at other dogs through the
window, his little yelps are just precious, and when he steals the socks
that you left on the floor, its hilarious. Everything he does is angelic
and innocent, and the common phrase ďHeíll grow out of it,Ē is tossed around
lightly, and not really considered.
But soon enough, puppy grows up,
and his old habits arenít as cute any more. When doggie jumps up on you,
and suddenly reaches your waist in height, he becomes annoying, when he
barks at other dogs he becomes obnoxious, and can be frightening, and when
all the socks that you can find are soggy and holey, he becomes a problem.
Then, when you constantly get angry at him for doing these things, itís
completely unfair. Doggie feels upset and confused; he was allowed to do
these things when he was a puppy, why not now?
When I got
my new puppy, my mum convinced me that what was cute now, would not be
tolerated. Thatís why we decided to take Puppy Obedience Classes. My dad
said that a puppy was like a moist piece of clay. We had to shape him how
we wanted, to mold him into what we thought was a good dog. That way, when
the clay hardened, or, puppy grew up, he would be cemented how we wanted
him to be, and we knew we had to act soon, because cemented clay is much
harder to change, than moist clay.
did exactly that. It trained our puppy, and laid some groundwork, that
we knew would lead to a long, happy future. He started to learn what was
ok, and what was not. He started showing differences in every part of his
life. He was more obedient in all types of commands, and because I had
helped with the training, he would listen to me as much as my parents,
which is instinct - to listen to the older and more powerful people. The
classes also helped with socialization, and our puppy became much more
comfortable around other dogs, and people loved how gentle and good-natured
he was with adults, kids, and even infants! People like well behaved kids,
just as much as they like well behaved dogs.
The classes are a riot, and are
all about having fun. We play games, the puppiesí meet each other, and
they also learn simple tricks like down, sit, and stay. We learned techniques
that were simple and positive. If puppy does it right, treat and praise,
if wrong, no treat, encouragement. There werenít any ďNo!Ēs, or any ďBad
dog!Ēs. This isnít boot camp, its all about bonding with your puppy, and
giving them a good time, while learning how to become a better owner, and
teaching your puppy to be well behaved. Our puppy loved it so much, he
would whine when we left, and get all excited when we came back. It was
a great experience, for puppy and owner.
Yes, I know,
sometimes we donít want to get off that couch, or we figure weíre just
too busy, but thatís not fair to you, or the dog! I feel its something
that we owe to our dogs. Just an hour a week can save a lifetime of problems.
Save your puppy from doggie disaster, and take puppy classes. You have
the power to give your pup a good start, do it while you can.
Alexa Rowe, Age 13, for Bichons Across Canada and Terry's breeder,
Mann, Snowmann Bichons .
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Terry - all tuckered out