RAISING A COBBERDOG PUPPY
A Simple guide to RAISING a dog who's a pleasure to live with.
One of the reasons Australian Cobberdogs appeal to us is because they are so intuitive and reactive to human emotion. But this can have its downside too.
From the first moments of arrival your puppy is studying you and assessing whether you can be trusted to be pack leader. If the answer is 'no' then pack leader position defaults to the puppy.
Puppy is cute, and understandably the new focus of everyone in the family. Adored and fussed over, it doesn't take long before as far as your puppy is concerned, its behavior is open slather because you are the puppies' willing slaves. So I recommend that BEFORE your cute bundle arrives, you sit down as a family an discuss your way forward.
It can be difficult to set house rules when you're faced with a comical clown of a dog who makes you laugh whenever it is in trouble! But consistent you need to be for best results. This will will repay you a thousand fold after those first few months of giggling challenges. Although you need to be firm, remember that training should be FUN! Both for you and your dog. And these dogs are experts at making you laugh to get themselves out of trouble!
First Night Home With Your Australian Cobberdog Puppy....
Rutlands Puppies are crate trained and look on their crate as a pleasant place. The crate should not be used as 'time out' or for punishment. If your dog needs to be transported by crate in the future such as by 'plane or public transport, this would cause stress during the journey.
Remember that your new puppy will be missing its siblings and the reassurance of cuddling up with its litter mates to sleep. Rumple up the bedding, and add something like some rolled up blankets or similar, to simulate the way puppies sprawl all over each other to sleep.
Rutlands puppies are raised with music or radio playing, so these sounds may help your new puppy to relate to something familiar when left alone for the first time at night. ... those long lonely hours when puppy must be wondering if you are ever coming back again!
Nipping And Biting
Young children should be taught not to squeal and run with a new puppy until it has had time to learn the rules. Puppies instinctively follow movement, and running screaming with flapping arms, is an invitation to the pup to jump up and latch onto clothing....or anything else it can reach! When the puppy has understood and learned the rules, fun games can begin. Until then parental supervision is a must.
Puppies learn quickly to respect little children when their parents take the time to teach their kids how to interact with the puppy.
Puppies nip because this is the way they played with their siblings to find out who was puppy pack leader. This is a primitive instinct, because in the wild, the very survival of your puppy's ancient forebears depended on them knowing their place in the hierarchy of the pack. If you don't establish this confidence in your new puppy, it will take on the role by default and will soon be out of control.
YOU and your family are your puppy's new pack you need to get the message through very quickly who is the leader...and it should not be the puppy! NIPPING MUST BE CORRECTED QUICKLY or as with all dogs, it may turn into biting later on. And if this happens it will be YOUR fault....not the puppy's!
Puppies follow movement and grab anything that moves. I recommend that you watch this little video I made of some 8 week old puppies at Rutlands. (narrated)
Ways for you to establish leadership:
2. You and your family eat FIRST. Puppy must wait patiently, without begging, until you have finished eating and are ready to feed him. If necessary, tether him with a blanket and toy until you are done eating.
3. TEACH your puppy to stay alone without complaint. Most cases of separation anxiety are caused through owners who fail to allow their puppy to build self confidence and trust that they will return. Start with short periods and never return while puppy is protesting. When you leave say "I'll be back" When you return, say 'I'm back".
4. When you do return, hold back on enthusiastic greetings until the puppy's excitement level has dropped even if this means totally ignoring him for ten to fifteen minutes.
Going Potty on a Leash
It is completely unnatural for a dog or puppy to go to the toilet on a leash! A lot of dogs can be trained to do this, but they don't like it. Dogs have by instinct, a ritualistic behavior during which they select what to them is the 'right' place to go to the toilet. This behavior involves a lot of trotting to and fro, back and forth, nose to the ground, circling, sniffing, until eventually they find exactly the 'right spot'. By insisting that your puppy go to the toilet on a leash, you may possibly slow down the house training process and this can also be the reason some families have a hard time with their puppy's potty training, because the puppy refuses to go potty on the leash, but the minute he is let loose inside the house he immediately goes potty inside.
HELP YOUR PUPPY LEARN TO STRENGTHEN ITS BOWELS AND BLADDER
Too much freedom too soon is the major reason that puppies get into trouble. A puppy left unsupervised to wander about, investigate and potty at will when no one is watching, will have a difficult time learning how to behave properly in your home and also be more difficult to potty train.
TIP: DO NOT LET A NEW PUPPY HAVE THE RUN OF THE WHOLE HOUSE!
Restrict the area your puppy has to run around indoors. When you are too busy to supervise, pop the puppy into a portable play run until you are ready to watch over him again. Some newspaper in one corner will help out if the puppy gets 'caught short'. Rutlands puppies are paper trained for you.
CRATE TRAINING. CRUEL OR KIND?
It's a personal choice whether to crate or not. Consider this. If your dog ever has to be hospitalized for any reason, he/she will be MUCH less stressed if already content to be in a crate. But If you crate your puppy overnight, or when you are not able to supervise it inside your home, you will minimize toilet 'accidents' and so will speed up the house training process. I do recommend crating to help with potty training but it's not acceptable to confine a puppy (or a grown dog) to a crate all day whilst a family is away. It is also bound to make your puppy or dog hyper active and full of nervous energy when finally let out. Training will be difficult and unwanted behaviors will result.
Raising dogs is like beginning a marriage....Start out the way you'd like to finish!
If you let your puppy stand on his hind legs for cuddles now while he is so small and cute, he will stand on his back legs, or jump up at you when he's big and cute too - but in a totally different way! Start on DAY ONE with guiding your new puppy so that he/she understands what is appropriate behavior in your home right from the start.
When he jumps up on you for a cuddle, gently but firmly plant him down onto his little bottom, saying 'OFF' and then fondle and cuddle him when he has all four paws on the floor with "Good Off" in a pleased tone..... not too excitable or he'll jump right up and you'll have to start all over again.
DO want your dog to be gentle and sensible around the youngest children?