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Notes on Socialization

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Monday, November 14, 2016, In : Puppy Training 




It's wonderful that so many more people are aware of and are speaking about the importance of socializing their puppies.News is getting out - it is in the pup's best behavioural interest to get him out and about early - before he's had a full set of vaccinations.

There are a few points I want to mention.

#1 Professionals discuss the optimal window of early socialization as closing between 12-16 weeks of age. This does not mean the process stops at week 17.

It means that particul...


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Fireworks, Thunderstorms and Your New Puppy

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Friday, June 26, 2015, In : Puppy Training 

Many  puppies and young dog less than 3 years of age don't show signs of fear during thunderstorms or fireworks displays. It's not unusual for fear to appear as the dog approaches 3 or 4 years of age, after appearing fine up to then.

If you have a young pup who does not react negatively, don't assume he never will. 

Make positive associations with high value food and/or play during a storm or fireworks display from early on. 


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Puppy Tidbit - Leash Biting

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, In : Puppy Training 

This topic comes up on a regular basis so I thought I'd address it.
Often on walks puppies will "attack" your pants, ankles, feet or leash. Why do they do this? Because they are puppies and it's fun and you are a moving target, and you probably squeal :)  It's a very normal thing for a puppy to do.

There are a few ways to deal with this. First and foremost is to not yell at the puppy for doing this as you will only be contributing to an already aroused puppy.
If you are on a walk, stop ...


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Aroused Puppies - training tidbit

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, In : Puppy Training 

This topic comes up on a regular basis so I thought I'd address it.

Often on walks or while walking in the house, puppies will "attack" your pants, ankles and feet. Why do they do this? Because they are puppies and it's fun and you are a moving target :)  It's a very normal thing for a puppy to do.

There are a few ways to deal with this. First and foremost is to not yell at the puppy for doing this as you will only be contributing to an already aroused puppy.
If you are on a walk, stop walking. ...

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Teach Your Puppy His Name

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, In : Puppy Training 


It's important to remember that something as simple as your dog's name, is one of the most important skills you need to teach your dog. It's also one of the things people don't pay much attention to, assuming the dog understands it from the get go.

Teaching your dog his name is no different than teaching any other word you want your dog to respond to. Because of that, it’s essential to treat it as you would any other cue (command).

Think of the first steps of training any skill as kindergar...


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Teething Puppy Tips

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Saturday, June 15, 2013, In : Puppy Training 

Oh those teething puppies.You can help ease the discomfort with some very simple home made ideas. 
Take the rope toy, soak in broth and freeze. If you don't have a rope toy, take a small towel, soak it,squeeze out excess water, tie in a knot so he has something to chew on and freeze.
Fill a Kong with broth/kibble/carrot pieces/cheese pieces/etc and freeze (remember to plug the hole at the bottom with a piece of freeze dried liver or something else). - Try a couple of broth ice cubes!
Freeze larg...

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Train Your Puppy During Mealtimes

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, In : Puppy Training 

Puppies wake up with 100% puppy energy! It’s important to find legitimate ways to burn off that energy or Puppaloo may find an unwanted outlet -  your skin, your furniture, your shoes!

One of the first things I recommend to clients is to get rid of the food bowl. Measure out the quantity of kibble Puppaloo gets in the course of a day and keep in a container on the counter. Use that throughout the day in various ways.

Be creative at mealtimes. There are lots of ways to feed your puppy his dail...

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Puppy Training Impulse Control

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Thursday, March 14, 2013, In : Puppy Training 


The topic of impulse control has come up lately on a number of training groups I am part of.
This is something most people begin working on without even realizing it. What is one of the first things you do when you get your new puppy? You wait for him to sit before putting the food bowl down. That is teaching impulse control.
Any time you expect your dog or puppy to “hang on a sec” you are teaching impulse control. As your puppy progresses into and through adolescence, it becomes even more ...
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Dog Parks and Your New Puppy

Posted by Janis Mikelberg on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, In : Puppy Training 

We all have good intentions with regards to socializing our new puppies. Dog owners are much more aware of the concept of socialization which is great. In my experience, when most people talk about "socializing" their puppy, they are referring to exposure to other dogs and children. What's important to remember is that there is much more to socialization than merely exposing your dog to other dogs and children.

Puppies need to be safely exposed to many different places, people, sounds, surface...
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Puppies!

Posted by SitStayLearn on Thursday, July 19, 2012, In : Puppy Training 

Puppies are like sponges! They are learning every waking moment. It's such a joy to watch and exhausting to experience.
For a puppy to be able to respond to your requests for sit, down, stay, come - anything really - requires lots of practice in many different environments. Practicing in the kitchen is great for the very first few times but then you need to take it on the road and practice in other locations.
Difficulty is gradually increased so that the puppy is successful at each step of the ...
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