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By traci.kullmer 14 Apr, 2017

The age you get your puppy/dog, genetics, breed, etc. can play a huge role in how they will respond to stimuli. Socialization is of utmost importance. During the first 3-4 months of their lives, events they encounter will influence them either in a positive or negative way. 8 week old puppies have memories of experiences that will be with them the rest of their lives. For example, if you have a yorkie puppy and grab them up quickly because you are concerned about a potential interaction (a larger dog, etc), then the puppy can learn to be fearful of that interaction (larger dog) and act out by being fearful the next time they are in that situation.

So what are we as pet owners to do? First, lets understand the difference between training and behavior. Let’s think of training as manners for the puppy/dog. Normal behaviors occur and they need to be taught how we want them to act with those normal behaviors.   Example, puppies jump up, we need to train them not to jump up by teaching them to sit when approaching so they cannot jump up. Behavior problems are identified as emotional problems such as fear, anxiety, and aggression. These behaviors are not related to training. When dealing with behavior problems it is important to research what is causing these behaviors which sometimes will encompass merging training with the knowledge of the behavior to either desensitize the dog/puppy or help the pet understand how to react in those stressful situations.

Owners can inadvertently cause behavior problems. Remember, we discussed socialization. It is important that puppies be introduced to many situations in a positive, controlled, safe way.   If you will be taking your puppy in a boat with you, then introduce them to the boat on land. Then progress with the boat in the water, then the boat moving in the water. Short, successful, positive sessions. You don’t want to just get him on the boat right a way and take off. If we make big deal about leaving our pets when we leave our homes, or we are nervous about leaving them, we can inadvertently teach them separation anxiety.

Socialization includes taking them places and interacting with people and pets that will be a part of that pet’s lifestyle. The vet clinic is a stressful place for pets. Take them to your vet clinic to get weighed or just walk in and get treats. This will help make their vet visits more fun. If you plan on boarding your pet, then work on crate training because when they board they will be in a smaller area. Plus crate training encourages independence in pets and helps prevent separation anxieties.

At Hub City Dog Training it is important to us that we help you with the needs of your pet whether it is training for manners or combining behavioral relief with training. It can be overwhelming to pet owners on how to deal with “normal” behaviors as well as “abnormal” behavior. This is why early intervention is of utmost importance. The longer you wait the worse and harder to correct (or control the behavior as much as possible) the issue.

Happy Training!!

Alison Patrolia, C.V.T.


Hub City Dog Training staff members are advocates for positive reinforcement and force-free training. We believe that gentleness, patience, and kindness go a lot farther toward effectively teaching an animal than harsher methods ever could. For more information about Hub City Dog Training classes, give us a call at 601-264-5785.

Animal Medical Center of Hattiesburg Blog

By traci.kullmer 14 Apr, 2017

The age you get your puppy/dog, genetics, breed, etc. can play a huge role in how they will respond to stimuli. Socialization is of utmost importance. During the first 3-4 months of their lives, events they encounter will influence them either in a positive or negative way. 8 week old puppies have memories of experiences that will be with them the rest of their lives. For example, if you have a yorkie puppy and grab them up quickly because you are concerned about a potential interaction (a larger dog, etc), then the puppy can learn to be fearful of that interaction (larger dog) and act out by being fearful the next time they are in that situation.

So what are we as pet owners to do? First, lets understand the difference between training and behavior. Let’s think of training as manners for the puppy/dog. Normal behaviors occur and they need to be taught how we want them to act with those normal behaviors.   Example, puppies jump up, we need to train them not to jump up by teaching them to sit when approaching so they cannot jump up. Behavior problems are identified as emotional problems such as fear, anxiety, and aggression. These behaviors are not related to training. When dealing with behavior problems it is important to research what is causing these behaviors which sometimes will encompass merging training with the knowledge of the behavior to either desensitize the dog/puppy or help the pet understand how to react in those stressful situations.

Owners can inadvertently cause behavior problems. Remember, we discussed socialization. It is important that puppies be introduced to many situations in a positive, controlled, safe way.   If you will be taking your puppy in a boat with you, then introduce them to the boat on land. Then progress with the boat in the water, then the boat moving in the water. Short, successful, positive sessions. You don’t want to just get him on the boat right a way and take off. If we make big deal about leaving our pets when we leave our homes, or we are nervous about leaving them, we can inadvertently teach them separation anxiety.

Socialization includes taking them places and interacting with people and pets that will be a part of that pet’s lifestyle. The vet clinic is a stressful place for pets. Take them to your vet clinic to get weighed or just walk in and get treats. This will help make their vet visits more fun. If you plan on boarding your pet, then work on crate training because when they board they will be in a smaller area. Plus crate training encourages independence in pets and helps prevent separation anxieties.

At Hub City Dog Training it is important to us that we help you with the needs of your pet whether it is training for manners or combining behavioral relief with training. It can be overwhelming to pet owners on how to deal with “normal” behaviors as well as “abnormal” behavior. This is why early intervention is of utmost importance. The longer you wait the worse and harder to correct (or control the behavior as much as possible) the issue.

Happy Training!!

Alison Patrolia, C.V.T.


Hub City Dog Training staff members are advocates for positive reinforcement and force-free training. We believe that gentleness, patience, and kindness go a lot farther toward effectively teaching an animal than harsher methods ever could. For more information about Hub City Dog Training classes, give us a call at 601-264-5785.

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