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At Time 4 Obedience, we are firm believers proper training and socialization will make or break your dog's ability to fit into your home and into society.
Please be sure you have the time to invest in an additional family member before considering bringing a new puppy or dog into your home.
“My family brought me home, all cradled in their arms. They cuddled me and smiled at me and said I was full of charm. They played with me and laughed with me and showered me with toys. I sure did love my family, especially the little girls and boys.”
“The children loved to feed me; they gave me special treats. They even let me sleep with them – all snuggled in the sheets. I used to go for walks, often several times a day. They even fought to hold the leash, I’m very proud to say.”
“These are the things I’ll not forget – a cherished memory. Now that I’m in the shelter – without my family. They used to laugh and praise me when I played with that old shoe. But I didn’t know the difference between the old one and the new.”
“The kids and I would grab a rag, for hours we would tug. So, I thought I did the right thing when I chewed the bedroom rug. They said that I was out of control and would have to live outside. This I didn’t understand, although I tried and tried.”
“The walks stopped, one by one, they said they hadn’t time. I wish that I could change things; I wish I knew my crime. My life became so lonely in the backyard, on a chain. I barked and barked all day long to keep from going insane.”
“So they brought me to the shelter but were embarrassed to say why. They said I caused an allergy, and then they each kissed me goodbye. If I’d only had some training when I was a little pup, I wouldn’t have been so hard to handle when I was all grown up.”
“‘You only have one day left, I heard the worker say. Does that mean I have a second chance? Do I go home today?”
EVERY SINGLE ACTION you take is a learning experience for your puppy.
Therefore, it is not uncommon for people to unintentionally create (or even teach) undesirable behaviors to their dogs or puppies. Dogs of all ages are eager learners and will take whatever action they think will earn them a reward, be it food, petting or simply acknowledgment from their human.
Take the time to learn what and what not to do with your puppy or dog.
The time and effort you spend teaching, encouraging and rewarding good behavior will earn you a lifelong companion you can trust to be the best friend you and your family will ever have…