Tag: socializing a puppy

A pink, broken piggy bank.

I often imagine the dog training experience as a series of banking transactions – the visual really helps me to measure our work but also to gauge where we may have a deficit or where the dog has a need.

When we bring home a puppy, we often make a series of assumptions that can be quite harmful – how many times do we trainers hear “oh my dog is fine with that. I can [manhandle, groom, pick up, travel with, etc…] him and he doesn’t care.”. Every. Single. Day.

The challenge is this – there is a HUGE difference between tolerance and enjoyment and most of us don’t actively seek out the difference in every moment we spend with our dogs.

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german shepherd puppy on a playground

Week Two and this little guy is starting to really settle. He makes me laugh out loud on a regular basis and I’m consistently blown away by his resilience. Walks are a lot of fun in this gorgeous weather as we explore the neighbourhood and meet some of the friendly dogs who live near us. There’s a lot of exploring and grasshopper-hunting.

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