Puppies & Dogs
Owning a dog can be a fulfilling experience, but is not something to be taken lightly. At Clockhouse we strive towards helping you with the life long commitment.
Once you’ve got your puppy you will quickly realise it wants to chew on everything it sees, yourself included. Whilst this may seem cute now, a bite from an adult dog can be painful and is capable of causing serious damage. This makes it important to enforce bite inhibition from the off, and teach your dog human skin is delicate and that they are not to close their jaws around your hands, arms or legs. Teaching bite inhibition is simple, especially if you use a toy instead of your hands to play with your puppy. When playing, or stroking, if the puppy’s mouth comes into contact with your hand squeal or yelp loudly acting as though you’ve been seriously injured, you should then proceed to turn your back on or ignore them for approximately 30 seconds. Two minute time outs or isolation periods with an accompanying buzz word such as “wrong” will also work. It is vital to stay consistent or the puppy will not learn that biting is wrong.
As dogs are “den” animals, it is strongly advised that crate training co-exists with the bite inhibition. This basically means teaching your dog that their crate is their safe haven. Making travel, hotel visits, visits to your friend’s houses and leaving the house easier. This is because your dog will have their home away from home, making them feel safe and secure allowing them to settle down. It is crucial that the crate is NEVER used as any form of punishment, and that your puppy is never scolded once inside of it. The crate must NEVER be an unpleasant place for your puppy to be. It is also crucial that the crate is big enough for them to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in once they are fully grown.