Please read the following:
* My owner (yes, you) will need training and obedience classes so you can learn to communicate with me
* I will want exercise whether it is fetching a ball or jogging by your side. At the end of the day, I will be next to you while you relax
* Don't forget to find ways to exercise my mind, too. I'm eager to learn and want to please you so much
* I am smart and can get bored; how will you keep me busy while you're away? On the other hand, don't worry if you forget to give me something to do, I'll figure out how to entertain myself (See Below)
* All I want is to be with you; a small mat ( inside the crate) right by your bed will do just fine at night
* Let's hope you're not shy because I will follow you into the bathroom
* I will probably go through a fear period or two; at 8 weeks I will need lots of love, understanding, and security; and please no stress at twelve to sixteen weeks; plus I might go through avoidance periods, so work with me through situations patiently
* It is absolutely essential that I be socialized with people (tall, short, young, old,etc), with other dogs, riding in the car, shopping carts, large animals, small animals, wind.....I think you're getting the idea. By sixteen weeks, I should have been introduced to every possible situation that I will encounter in life. If there is hesitance to any new situation, please help me by being the leader and approach each new experience with a positive attitude. I need to learn as much as I can by 16 weeks of age
* With that positive attitude, I just may be able to smile by showing my teeth. My nose will wrinkle up and my behind will wiggle all at the same time! Please tell people I don't show my pearly whites to just anyone
* Never hit me; you will lose my trust
* Start at a very early age to be my leader; groom me, clip my nails, have me lay on my side while you pet my tummy, massage me. All of these actions will tell me, "You will do what you need to do, with me, when you want to". The more you do this, the more confortable I will be. Don't forget to massage me; I really like that
* I'll bet that treats would go a long way in encouraging the correct responses from me to new situations and people; have treats at the ready. Reward the positive....a lot!
* Please read all you can about my breed and correct any behavior problems from the very beginning; don't make the mistake of thinking I will outgrow it or the problem will go away on its own. If I can get away with it once, I'll try again! Then again, I can learn correct behaviors, at any age in life, with a new approach to the situation
* Do not console me by saying, "It's okay, Spot", if I growl or seem fearful of people or objects. This will only tell me (in my mind) that what I just did is appropriate behavior, when it's not. Let the person hand me a treat, with your encouragement. I'll learn fast that this person is nice or that the object is nothing to be afraid of
* Don't worry if you are too busy to pay attention to me....I will remind you
* Don't worry if you're late feeding me; I will remind you of that, too. That's how smart I am, I can tell time!
* I should apologize for the hair in your salad, but I have hair; regular brushing will help keep that under control and, besides, I love the attention. I will look deep into your eyes while you groom me cause I love your gentle touch. Don't forget my nails could use a pedicure once in awhile, too. A treat at the end of grooming will make me look forward to the next time I get brushed.
My Promise To You
I promise to be youthful for many years and I will entertain and play with you well into my adult years. I will try communicating in animated ways (just cause I know you'll think it's cute); I will be your guard dog, your companion, and your friend. My existance depends on you which goes beyond just being fed each day. I will need your love, praise, and direction. In return, I will try so very hard to please you and will love you forever.......
This is exactly what can happen if puppies (or adult dogs) are left up to their own devices to entertain themselves. Chaos and mischief!!! The brand new roll of paper towels didn't stand a chance! I didn't let that happen twice!