Thoughts to Paws over…

I was having a chat today with one of my children about my Grandpuppy, he’s being very naughty and biting.  Granted, he is young and has to learn what is acceptable and what isn’t.   Rupert has gone to obedience training and has done very well, he’s just decided as of late to test his boundaries, which is perfectly normal!  Parenting philosophies today are all about respect and not damaging a child’s self esteem when being disciplined,  and from what I understand, this is what was being discussed with training the puppy.  I was thinking as I walked about that expression, “spare the rod, and spoil the child.”  I am not an advocate for hitting any animal, but I don’t agree with allowing your dog to develop a behaviour that will end up becoming detrimental to it’s success in a family and social situations.  It doesn’t matter to me the size or the breed, biting isn’t cute and isn’t okay.  I am not going to weigh in on what training technique works the best, heck, I say go through a process of elimination, you keep trying one after another until something sticks.  The important part, is making sure something sticks and that your dog knows that nipping, biting, whether it is in play or not, isn’t going to fly!  Dealing with bad behaviour isn’t an option, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

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