Hello everyone. Charlotte Grove here, coming to talk to you about training and socialization. I am going to be a year old in May, and for the past few months, I have been going to training classes with my mom (Dr. Grove). She brings me to work every day and, to be perfectly honest with you, I can be bratty sometimes. But, since I started training, I have been a lot better and I even get rewarded more! I used to bark for treats, beg for food, bark at people coming into the doctor’s office, steal things off the floor. I never got what I wanted though. No one listened to me. Now that I have learned some patience, and some commands, I get more treats! Who knew being good would get me what I wanted???
So let’s talk training. We puppies, we have no idea how to behave with humans. Since birth, we’ve only been in close proximity to our siblings and our mom. I’m sure there were humans around, but we only remember the dogs. Then, at 8 weeks old, we are taken from everything we are used to and go live with humans. Some of them have other pets, some of them have little humans, some are alone. Imagine someone speaking to you in a language you don’t understand and expecting you to do what they said. It’s a whole new world for us and we need to learn how to behave. Some pet owners have time in their days to spend training their new 4-legged friend. Some don’t and that’s okay! There are many qualified dog trainers in your area that can help you. Trainers will help you by teaching you and your dog some commands-sit, stay, lay down, leave it, etc. They can also help you teach your dog how to act properly on a leash. All things you will use in the future. Some can even help you teach your dog some tricks, which helps us bond- roll over, speak, paw, etc. No matter how you train your pooch, just make sure you do. It’ll help prevent some issues in the future-pulling on a leash, nipping when taking a toy away, food aggression, and then some.
I have been getting some socialization in since I was adopted. Mom brings me to work and I get to play with other staff dogs. I can play a little rough, though, so I have to be supervised. But the more I play, the better I get. I even have sleep overs now! I spent a night at my friend Jayda’s house and I have spent a few nights with my friend Lambeau. I love sleepovers! And, because of my socialization, I am not afraid of other dogs. And I am not territorial either.
So you see, training and socialization are good things. It doesn’t mean your dog is bad. It just means your dog needs a little help adjusting to their new environment. We know our new humans love us and want what’s best for us. And we aim to please!
Talk to your veterinarian or a technician if you have any questions or concerns about training. I was also told to remind you that if you want to bring your puppy into Crossroads for a “happy visit” it is encouraged. No appointment needed! Just bring your puppy in to socialize with staff and other dogs in the waiting room (as long as they aren’t sick). Show them that going to the vet is not always about being examined. The staff may even be able to give your dog a treat or two!
Thanks for reading and happy training!!!