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The Canine-Kid Connection offers training in three areas

Manners and obedience training for dogs and puppies to help you change pesky, annoying behaviors, such as barking, nipping, jumping up on people, counter surfing, and pulling on leash. As these behaviors change, you will see your dog become calmer and more attentive to you.

Training for families with dogs and children, offering training help, education, guidance and support in achieving and maintaining safe, calm, happy interactions between dogs and children, as well as evaluation of risk in troubled dog-child relationships.

Help preparing your dog for the arrival of a new baby. You have planned for your new baby for months, but when the baby arrives, it is a complete surprise to your dog. His life will change dramatically, and if he's not well prepared, those changes can be upsetting for him and difficult for you to handle, especially with a new baby or child in the family. Help from a dog trainer experienced in working with dogs and children will show you how to prepare your dog and promote a healthy, positive transition for the whole family.

 

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How to Choose a Puppy

A new puppy is a blank slate, right? Not exactly! Puppies have their own personalities, just as do adult dogs, children, and everyone else you know. If you are considering adopting a puppy, of course you want a puppy that will fit your family well

Some pups will be idea for your family, some may not be the best choice. If you find that your first meeting with a puppy is stressful for you, this is probably not the right puppy. Remember, the traits you see in a young puppy can become stronger as he matures.

I recommend that parents do the initial search for a puppy before involving their children. All puppies are adorable, and it takes only seconds for children to fall in love with any little pup, making it difficult for you, the adult, to make a sensible and informed choice, especially if you decide to bypass several puppies. I guarantee that your children will adore any puppy you bring home, and life will go much more smoothly if your original choice is the right one.

Evaluating a puppy

Ideally, you should look for the same qualities you like in adult dogs; a calm, friendly, confident, attentive and responsive pup. A pup who starts out with these qualities, if properly handled and trained, will grow into a dog with those same attributes. An ideal family pet!

Here are some questions to ask:

  1. What can you find out about the temperaments of the pup's parents? Can you meet them? Certain problems such as shyness, nervousness, fearfulness and aggression are likely to be inherited and may be difficult or impossible to change, even with training and socialization. Do not take a chance with a puppy whose parents show serious behavior problems.
  2. If you are looking for a pure bred dog, ask breeders if they breed dogs as pets,or as show dogs or working dogs. If you want a family pet, that's what you should get. Dogs bred to work, hunt, herd or guard can be high energy dogs with a strong drive to work, and they may not adjust well to a quiet family life. There is a vast difference between a Golden Retriever or Labrador bred as a pet and one bred for field work.
  3. Were the puppies raised inside a home, so they could gradually encounter the normal sights, sounds, and comings and goings of a family? If so, are there children in the family? This is by far the best start for a dog who will be a family pet. Puppies raised in an outside kennel where they have little contact with people will have missed some early socialization. While you can make up for this once you get your puppy home, a pup born and kept inside during the first weeks of life has the bes start.
  4. The puppy most likely to grow into a great family dog is relaxed, friendly, confident, and interested in people. If possible, meet the new pup in an area with few distractions, away from his litter mates. He should consider you the most interesting thing in the room and come over to meet you right away, especially if you sit on the floor.

A pup that ignores you, even when you call him, may never be very interested in people and may not be very companionable. A puppy that actively moves away or hides from you, perhaps backing off if you approach him, is showing fear and shyness. Although he may lose some of his shyness as he gets to know you, it's likely that this dog will always be wary of strangers.

Some pups are much more active than others. Do you want a dog with a high level of energy, one that will need lots of exercise on a daily basis? Or would you rather have a dog that is somewhat quieter?

Puppy biting

Virtually all puppies bite, with the exception of some very shy, fearful pups who may never get up the nerve to try even nipping. Biting is how pups interact with each other, sorting out social rank and learning how to be dogs. And it's normal for puppies to bite people too. But you should look for a puppy that is willing to back off and stop using his teeth on you; puppy bites are painful, and, anyway, it's not a good thing for a dog to learn to put his teeth on people.

Be wary of the puppy who won't back off, and who seems to take your attempts to stop his biting as a challenge to be met head on. A pup who comes back at you even harder, perhaps with growling or snarling, is going to be a difficult puppy to deal with, especially in a home with children. Avoid this puppy!

Where to look

It's best when adopting a puppy to search in places where you can get information about the pup's parents, background, breed or type, health, and reaction to people. The humane societies usually do a great job of evaluating dogs before placing them, and they are committed to finding you a dog that you will want to keep.

Breeders come in all types: some are careful about placing their pups in good homes and will be available to you for help after bringing your puppy home; others may be more concerned about just selling puppies. A good breeder should check you out carefully, and you should check the breed out too. And please avoid backyard breeders! A neighbor handing a ten pound puppy to you over the fence may be handing you a ton of problems you never anticipated and don't want to deal with.

Above all, don't get a puppy from a pet store!!! Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills, giving the pup the worst possible start in life."Papers" mean nothing; the expensive pup you buy in the local shopping mall may not even be a pure bred dog, and may turn out to have health and temperament problems you had no idea you were getting. Don't do it!

Your ideal puppy

Each individual or family has its own picture of the perfect dog. What will the best dog be for you? Give this important question enough thought to come up with some specific answers before you start looking for a puppy. When you're clear on the dog you're looking for, you'll be much more likely to find that great dog that's been waiting for you!

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Testimonial

Having met and worked with Jane Rosenblum and her clients on several occasions, I would have no hesitation in recommending Jane as a trainer and behavior consultant. —John P. O'Connor, Euro-Training Kennels