A puppy’s first 20 weeks is critical to their future training

A puppy’s first 20 weeks is critical to their future training!

Pig learning to focus and “touch” at 10 weeks of age.

A puppy’s first 20 weeks is critical to all future training. During those 20 weeks  the pup learns how to learn, what is safe or dangerous and how she gets the things she wants. These are all necessary survival skills.  Instilling a Foundation for learning how to get the “stuff’ she wants, is the most important skill she will have and sets her up to learn any number of behaviors quickly and easily as she matures. Obedience behaviors; sit, down, stay, leave it, heel, come etc, are all very complicated behaviors for a dog. A solid learning Foundation is necessary for these behaviors to become reliable and habitual. That Foundation must be established in the first 20 weeks of your puppy’s life.  While we get our puppy normally at age 8 to 10 weeks we must remember that the puppy has been learning since birth. Failure to recognize this critical learning time sets the dog and human up for conflict in training and living going forward.

At Two Bears Dog Training Training Services we specialize in teaching your puppy the Foundation skills she needs to make the next 10 or more years a pleasure for you both.

To Do or Not To Do, that is the thought process

Phone rings, Two Bears Dog Training how may I help you? Hello, I have a (puppy, dog) that I need to stop from doing (fill in the blank).”

Most people have a list of things they want their dog to stop doing. However, by saying we want to stop a behavior we already have set ourselves up for conflict with the dog. Most unwanted behavior by human standards is just normal behavior by dog standards.

In order to work in harmony and maintain a close relationship with our dog we need instead to ask “what do I want my dog to do”, then we can structure his training and environment in a way that eliminates conflict and strengthens our relationship. While many behaviors seem simple to us, they are actually extremely complicated for dogs.

Instead of saying you want your puppy: to stop mouthing and biting, ask yourself “how do I get my puppy to chew on his toys and play fetch, and tug?”

Instead of saying you want your dog: to stop destroying things in the house, ask yourself “how do I get my dog to be house reliable?”

Instead of saying you want your puppy: to stop jumping on people, ask yourself “how do I get my puppy to calmly greet people?”

Instead of saying you want your dog: to stop pulling on the leash, ask yourself “how do I get my dog to walk calmly on a leash?”

Instead of saying you want your puppy: to stop running away, ask yourself “how do I get my puppy to happily come whenever I call him?”

At Two Bears Dog Training our job is to teach you how to get your puppy or dog to do the things you want him to do rather than just stopping him from doing the things you don’t want him to.

We will give you the skills and tools to communicate with your canine companion in a way that eliminates conflict, builds your relationship and makes training fun for you both.

Contact us to get started on a mindful approach to training your puppy or dog.

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