make sure you train yourself beforehand. Remember, it
takes only a few days to ruin an otherwise perfect puppy.
Without a doubt, the most important developmental deadline
comes before you even think of getting your puppy—your
education about puppy education!
Many first-time puppy owners are surprised when they
discover their new companion bites, barks, chews, digs, and
marks the house with urine and feces. Yet these are all perfectly
normal, natural, and necessary doggy behaviors.
Your canine newcomer is just itching to learn human house
manners. He wants to please, but he has to know how to please.
It's no good keeping house rules a secret. Somebody has to tell
the puppy. And that somebody is you.
Before inviting a puppy to share your life, surely it is only
wise and fair to find out beforehand what you might expect
from a normal developing puppy, which behaviors and traits
you consider unacceptable, and how to modify the pup's
inappropriate behavior and temperament accordingly.
Specifically, owners need to know how to teach the
youngster where to eliminate, what to chew, when to bark,
where to dig, to sit when greeting people, to walk calmly on leash,
to settle down and shush when requested, to inhibit his
otherwise quite normal biting behavior, and to thoroughly
enjoy the company of other dogs and people—especially
children, men, and strangers.