Adopting 7 month pup, Newbie help!

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Re: Adopting 7 month pup, Newbie help!

Postby Curly_07 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:28 pm

Welcome! You are sooo in the right place to learn! :) Thank you for considering adopting this pup, and for adopting kitties! There are tons of training helpfuls in the Training section to help you out. Please consider the "2 weeks, give em a break!" thread, as well as the "introducing a new dog" thread. Did the rescue say they've tested him with cats? I would make sure they have, if you haven't already. Just like bringing in any new pet, it will take a couple of weeks to get in a routine and for them to get familiar with each other. Please be patient, and keep the intros short and positive until they are ok together. Also, never ever leave the dog and cats unattended together...this goes for any breed of dog. Better safe than sorry.

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Re: Adopting 7 month pup, Newbie help!

Postby Curly_07 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:39 pm

Please do not listen to any of the dominant/alpha crap. Just throw it out of your mind...please :) It's a bunch of garbage. Hold tight and I'll get you some solid info on that myth and how dogs really operate. More than likely, the dog was just being a dog and the adopter didn't care to look into proper training...or they attempted the "alpha" style training and the dog didn't take it to well. I wouldn't blame him.

Here at PBF, we believe in positive training/reinforcements. Hold on while I grab some links for ya :)

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Re: Adopting 7 month pup, Newbie help!

Postby Curly_07 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:42 pm

This is probably my favorite on the Alpha theory:

http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues ... 416-1.html


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Re: Adopting 7 month pup, Newbie help!

Postby Curly_07 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:50 pm

Oh! Almost forgot, also check out the NILF (Nothing in life is free, also referred to as NILIF) thread in Training! He will need to be taught boundaries and such, and this is the way to do it. 7 months is going into what we like to call the "teenager" stage. It's just like with human teenagers...they act like they've forgot everything they've ever been taught, and they will test their boundaries. Go back to basics with him...basic obedience and NILIF.

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Re: Adopting 7 month pup, Newbie help!

Postby Curly_07 » Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:31 am

I LOVE clicker training! It can help with basics, as well as impulse control. I personally suck with the clicker (I'm not a very coordinated person lol ) so I do marker training with mine. It's the same concept, just using a cue word rather than a clicker.

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Re: Adopting 7 month pup, Newbie help!

Postby Curly_07 » Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:53 am

No problem! I'm sure there are tons of other members that can give you input too, but its pretty late at night and most members do not frequent the Intro section :) Lucky for you I'm bored and can't sleep lol

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Re: Adopting 7 month pup, Newbie help!

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