Face Masks and Sunglasses and Hoods, Oh My!

Training TidBits

If you use a fruity mask be sure not to let your puppy lick it off your face! :)

If you use a fruity mask be sure not to let your puppy lick it off your face! 🙂

Don’t ever slack on socialization. It’s the most important part of your puppy’s training. Socialization doesn’t just include play dates with other dogs. It should include different environments, different people, other animals and all types of situations. Always be mindful and recognize things that might startle or frighten your pup. Use these things during training and set your dog up to have a positive experience with each one. Start small and build by working personally with your dog, then move towards including strangers (friends of yours that your pup doesn’t know) in your training. In a perfect world, you would introduce your puppy to 100 new people a day. If they met that many people there would be no way they didn’t get to experience all different types of people, dressed in all different kinds of ways. The variety would be amazing. 100 people a day is difficult. Very difficult. So do the best you can. Try make sure these are people that you trust haven’t been around puppies that could possibly have illnesses such as canine parvovirus! Your puppy’s health and safety is always foremost.

Dog's are nearsighted with about 20:80 vision acuity compared to our 20:20, but they are about 20 times more sensitive to shapes and motion than us. Start with a hood down, squatting close to your puppy, then pull the hood up and continue and talk to him and reward him with treats.

Dog’s are nearsighted with about 20:80 vision acuity compared to our 20:20, but they are about 20 times more sensitive to shapes and motion than us. Start with a hood down, squatting close to your puppy, then pull the hood up and continue and talk to him and reward him with treats.

Sunglasses hinder your puppy's ability to see your eyes. Since you will eventually want to wear sunglasses around your puppy you should include them in some of your training.

Sunglasses hinder your puppy’s ability to see your eyes. Since you will eventually want to wear sunglasses around your puppy you should include them in some of your training.

Try to think of everything that changes your appearance and train with it. My nightly face mask has frightened a few pups so I now work with all my puppies while wearing the mask.

Try to think of everything that changes your appearance and train with it. My nightly face mask has frightened a few pups so I now work with all my puppies while wearing the mask.

Have other people your puppy knows wear hats, coats, sunglasses, etc. and give your puppy treats and lots of praise when they approach them.

Have other people your puppy knows wear hats, coats, sunglasses, etc. and give your puppy treats and lots of praise when they approach them.

Have friends help you in many different locations.

Have friends help you in many different locations.

Be sure to include men in your training because puppies typically are more intimidated by men.

Be sure to include men in your training because puppies typically are more intimidated by men.

Include people of all ages in your socialization.

Include people of all ages in your socialization.

Ask friends to help you train by giving them treats and lots of praise for approaching them.

Ask friends to help you train by giving them treats and lots of praise for approaching them.

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