Farrah has learned about dog training & behavior through countless hours of coursework, reading, researching, experience, and hands-on cases. In light of this, please read the following with an understanding that it may not be the best protocol for your individual dog. If your dog has behavior issues, especially aggression, seek professional help immediately. The following is for general informational and educational purposes for current, former, and future students. = A Farrah Favorite.
"The Primary And Most Important time for puppy socialization is the first three months of life... For this reason, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior believes that it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated."
"Temperament problems must be prevented during early puppyhood because rehabilitating adult dogs is complicated and extremely time-consuming." "We know that insufficient early socialization causes hard-to-reverse changes in brain function and anatomy, leading to temperament problems later in life, such as fear and aggression towards people." "When puppies and young adolescents start to go off-track, the early-warning signs (evident as early as eight to 10 weeks of age) of future aggression are often subtle and easily missed and so, people simply do not respond quickly enough. Without immediate remedial socialization, classical conditioning and progressive desensitization, puppies gradually but progressively become more fearful and eventually, reactive and aggressive."
Very good information on raising your puppy. Some things may need to be modified for your pup and lifestyle.
If your pup is in the "needs work" category, seek professional behavior modification immediately.
"Research finds puppies from pet stores are more likely to have behavior problems than those from non-commercial breeders." Stress affects pups, even before they are born! If mom is stressed then the pups are living in a cortisol filled environment (in utero). They are often born with tendencies towards fear and aggression. Research what and from whom you are getting your pup! If you notice a problem with your puppy (fear, aggression, etc) get a behavior modification plan in place right away! If you address behavior problems in early puppyhood, you have a greater chance of successfully modifying the behavior. Changes can be accomplished more quickly, more affectively, and it will be less expensive!
Why it is critical for puppies to stay with their mom and littermates until they are
at least 8 weeks of age.
A program that helps create healthier, more confident, stable dogs.
If you're looking for a breeder, find one that implements this or similar protocols.
"The Perinatal period, from conception until just after birth, is a time when puppies undergo dramatic neural and immune development. In fact, this period sets the stage for every dog’s lifetime health, mental stability, and longevity. Here are three of the more fascinating perinatal effects."
Dr Ian Dunbar's Bite Scale
Aggression Between Dogs in Same Household
"In the end, “fixing” behavior problems is about learning to accept your dog’s quirks and limitations, and working with what you have to make things better. It’s not about replacing a faulty circuit, giving a personality transplant, or creating a perfect dog who never has a setback.
So if your dog has a behavior issue that concerns you – by all means, ask for help! In almost every case, there are lots of things you can do to help your dog work through his problem."
"My dog will send signals through his body language that he wants to be left alone, but to humans, unless you know what you are looking for, these signals will be subtle and most probably missed."
"This is why I turn and go the other way when your dog approaches. Sometimes I will ask you to call him. If your dog is approaching at speed, I will stand in front of mine and shout “NO”. Please do not take offence. I have been chased down the road by indignant owners telling me that their dog is friendly – I get that there is prejudice against some breeds but my reaction is the same whatever size or breed your dog is. There is usually not enough time to explain all this while I am trying to persuade you that however wonderful your dog is, mine does not need or want to meet him – so I have to be abrupt.
"Just like humans, some dog have issues that can’t be cured – they can be improved and managed, but not totally fixed."
"The next time you hear a dog growl, stop and evaluate the situation. Maybe you should thank them for communicating with you! That dog is speaking loud and clear!"
"A growl is a good thing. It tells us that our dog is nearing his bite threshold, and gives us the opportunity to identify and remove the stressor. Snarls and air-snaps are two steps closer to the threshold – our dog’s last ditch attempts to warn off the stressor before he is forced to commit the ultimate offense: The actual bite."
"But in just a moment of distraction Flynn had missed a crucial opportunity to warn Hailey about an oncoming seizure. When he did warn her, it was too late."
" Twelve states now have laws criminalizing the misrepresentation of a pet as a service animal."
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"Regardless of our opinion, dogs do say no and they do so fairly often. It is a good idea to listen (or may be better watch as they don’t really speak English or German for that matter)."
"Food has the power to not only enhance a dog’s ability to learn but also to help a dog overcome fear or anxiety by raising the levels of dopamine in the brain and stimulating the desire to seek or move towards the food reward."
"...Individual dogs respond differently to a variety of approaches. AKC recognizes that there are numerous effective approaches to training that produce desirable results such as obedience and Canine Good Citizen® designations. Government entities should not arbitrarily restrict accepted, appropriate and effective dog training practices.”
Spay & Neuter Effects on Orthopedic Disease, Behaviour, and General Health in Dogs
"Spaying or neutering dogs can cause unexpected and unwanted behavior changes."
"We change animals when we spay and castrate them, both in good and bad ways."
"To help you determine if and when you should spay or neuter your dog, here is a collection of research on the long-term effects of these surgeries, as well as information some of the conditions complicated by a dog’s status, from breast or mammary cancer to incontinence."
"...they remained terrified of humans and novel things, often freezing in terror if a human approached their kennel. Another experiment demonstrated that the nervous-line dogs did not learn as well operantly as the normal dogs."
"A guide to all things pet in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley"