Why does it matter to me? Well, I don’t like to be jumped on, first of all. And if I can get a puppy to sit down quietly and look at me, instead of being an excited little hooligan, it makes life easier for all of us.
Oh believe me, they have their hooligan moments, they are happy healthy puppies full of excitement! But I like to know that they will listen when needed.
Funny, on our trip out east last fall to take pups to new homes, I’d let the overwhelming horde of dogs take over. We’d open the kennel door and everyone would try to come out at once like a furry waterfall, as we vainly did our best to push them back, hook on leashes and let one out at a time.
At our very first stop, I was frustrated and feared the rest of the trip- I was out numbered!
After a day of struggles, it occurred to me to tell them to have a seat.
Magically, all five plopped right down on their cute, fuzzy bottoms and waited their turn for leashes. Puppies will do whatever they want if allowed, but if you teach them what to do, they want to please you.
I am also working on “come, puppy, come!” They already come running to me when I walk up to them, so it is usually an easy lesson.
Teaching a dog to come to you can save its life Always make this a priority to work on with your pup. As these little ones get older, we will play “Ping Pong Puppy” with them, by having two or more people with treats in hand, calling the pup back and forth. They learn to answer to multiple people, not just to me and they think that running to someone when called is a fun game with tasty rewards.
There is no way I can promise a fully trained, 8 week old pup to anyone. But I can give those babies a great start and foundation for the future by teaching them how to listen and to be receptive to what their family reaches them.