Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Children Aren't All That Different

We've been reading up on training our puppy, because we want to ensure that she is well-behaved now and as a large, adult dog. Our favourite source for information is "Dogs for Dummies" (2nd Edition) by Gina Spadafori. I'm finding that many of the tips for puppy training can just as easily be applied to the children...

#1 - Resolve that you must train your dog, and that training is not a one-shot deal, but an intrinsic and ongoing part of the promise you make to your dog when you bring her into your life.

#2 - You should always be thinking of how you're molding this little baby into the confident, obedient dog of your dreams. It takes socialization, and it takes training. And most of all, it takes time.

#3 - Never let your puppy do anything you wouldn't want a grown dog to do.

#4 - Remember that preventing bad habits is easier than fixing them later.

#5 - If you want your puppy to learn, you need to be consistent about what's acceptable behavior and what's not. Follow through with the ground rules, every time. No letting things slide because you're tired [or] because he's cute.

#6 - Loosening the rules is easier than tightening them. Once your puppy is a well-mannered dog, you can invited him up on the couch or teach him to put his paws on your shoulder and give you a big slurpy kiss. The distinction between him doing what he wants and him doing what he wants with your permission is a big one.

#7 - If your puppy has been running around for a long time and just seems bratty, he may be tired. If that's the case, put him down for a nap in his crate. Ignore his fussing. Chances are he'll be asleep in a few minutes.

Some of the best parenting advice out there, wouldn't you agree?

1 comment:

  1. That does sound a lot like what works for kids. How funny! Still working on part 2, by the way. Sorry.


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