This is the time of year we get a lot of inquiries for puppy training. 

 

Santa Claus put an adorable, fluffy little puppy under the Christmas tree and we just want to smoosh his little face and eat him up!

 

Puppies are darn cute, but they’re also hard work. We often forget that. 

 

Thank goodness they’re cute, in fact, or else who would tolerate all the whining, nipping, chewing, potty accidents, and disobedience? They’re kind of like babies in that way. Babies are pretty cute, too, so we forgive the crying and the poopy diapers and all that. 

 

But there comes a time shortly after the honeymoon phase wears off with our newest furry addition to the family where we start to get exasperated. 

 

It’s been weeks and our little fur baby still isn’t potty trained. She still goes crazy in the crate every time we try and leave her in there. We haven’t had a decent night’s sleep in over a month. 

 

Usually the last straw is when the puppy destroys something important — expensive shoes, the furniture, computer cords, or some other high value item. That’s when we get the call from a frustrated puppy owner.

 

We often hear the phrase, “My last dog was never like this!”

 

Just like children, dogs have their own personalities, too. And that applies across the breeds as well. Just because your last Golden Retriever was mellow as a cucumber doesn’t mean this one won’t be a high energy spazz. 

 

Fortunately for you, Bark Busters can help you lay a good foundation for your pup. 

 

Training a puppy is a lot like raising a child — a lot of the same principles apply.

 

Puppies, like children, need rules and boundaries. Just because they’re cute doesn’t mean they can do whatever they want. 

 

Puppies, like children, need consistency. If shoes are off limits, all shoes are off limits. You can’t expect a puppy to know the difference between a shoe he can chew and one he can’t. A shoe is a shoe to your dog. 

 

Much like with children, if behavioral problems are not nipped in the bud, they can worsen over time. Don’t expect your pup to just “outgrow” the problem. 

 

Both puppies and children will test your leadership and their boundaries as they grow. We’ve taught my 15 month old that she’s not allowed to touch the Christmas tree. Nonetheless, she’ll still on occasion grab the bottom branch and turn around and grin at us like a Cheshire cat and giggle as if to say, “See, look what I’m doing, mom!”. She knows she’s not supposed to touch it, but she’s just testing us. 

 

We gently remind her, again, that she’s not allowed to touch the Christmas tree. Most of the time, that’s all the reminder she needs. It was just a test to see if we were still going to be consistent in the application of our rules. 

 

But if we don’t say anything, she sure will go right ahead and start trying to play with the ornaments and other decor if she thinks she can get away with it. Better believe your dog will do the same to you!

 

The rules of raising children and puppies are not all that different. 

 

Good news for you is that, once we learn the basics, raising a dog is much easier than raising a child!

 

If Santa Claus put a new puppy dog under your tree this year and you want to lay a good foundation for how to raise her right, give us a call at 1-877-500-2275. 

 

Our Lifetime Support Guarantee will ensure that we’ll always be there for you and your dog through every phase of growth and every change in household environment. 

 

Give your fuzzy bundle of a joy a good head start, call us today. 

 

Wag more,

 

Haley Heathman

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