By: A.J. Hilton
April 28, 2016
We have two new puppies in the WCTV family, sibling labradoodles Chewie and Nori.
Anyone who owns a dog knows that puppies can certainly be a handful and proper training is important to raising a good dog. So we called in an expert for some advice.
“These are not just little humans that you just adopted.”
That's Bryan Bailey-- who calls himself the 'wolf whisperer.' He's an author and behaviorist... and celebrities like musician John "Cougar" Mellencamp and NFL wideout Julio Jones have requested his services. He's now helping us... with our pups.
“I don't have an issue with dogs sleeping with humans in their beds. I don't have an issue with dogs on furniture. But think down the road -- if you do, you don't want your dog sleeping with you, don't start now,” Bailey says.
What to start doing now is exercising patience.
“For most dogs -- notice I said most -- doesn't happen in a few weeks. It takes literally months. 4 to 5, even six months for some dogs to finally pull all of this together,” says Bailey.
“What do you do when they do go potty in front of you?” we asked.
“I actually wait 'til the pup starts to go potty. Cause now I caught the children's hand on the cookie jar. it's easy to clean up what a little puppy like this. Let them start to go. Then correct them with a good stern 'No,'" Bailey says.
As for treats for training, Bryan recommends a boatload. Nori was proof that they work.
Chewie is still a work in progress -- ignoring commands and posing for the camera.
"Earth to Chewie," Bailey laughed.
"Watch what happens. Come. Sit. I'm going to rock [the treat] over his head. Sit. I'm going to be patient," Bailey said.
Holding the treat over the puppy's head naturally causes him to sit down.
Okay. We've got potty training, come, and sit down. What about biting?
“May have to push a little firmer, like you mean it. I don't want to do this anymore. If this fails, I recommend just go put them back in their den."
One pup we couldn't separate from Bryan-- his one-year-old puppy named Captain.
We ended our training talking affection. You can NEVER give enough, and sometimes that includes a really big hug.
“You ready buddy? Gimme a hug!" Bailey says, as Captain jumps right into his arms. "That a boy!"
Bryan recommends working your dog's behaviors into your normal life. Whether that's walks, trips to the park -- he says all day every day is a possible training scenario, not just a carved out moment in time.