BEFORE You Get Your Puppy By Ian Dunbar.
When you choose a new puppy, you need to meet six developmental deadlines
before your puppy is just five months old. If your puppy fails to meet
any of these deadlines, it will never achieve its full potential and will
be playing 'behavioral catch-up' for the rest of its life.
BEFORE You Get Your Puppy covers the first three developmental
deadlines covering the period of puppy selection until your puppy's
first week at home.
1st Developmental Deadline:
Your Education About Puppy Education.
Before you search for a puppy, you need to complete your education about
puppy education. You need to know how to select a good puppy and how
puppies work. Selecting a puppy is similar to selecting a car: Do lots
of research beforehand and "test drive" a wide variety. But first, you
need to learn how to drive. Specifically you need to know how to teach
your puppy: where to eliminate, what to chew, when to bark, where to dig,
to sit when greeting people, to walk calmly on-leash, to settle down and
shush when requested, to inhibit its otherwise quite normal doggy biting
behavior, to enjoy spending time at home alone, and to thoroughly enjoy
the company of other dogs and people - especially strangers and children.
2nd Developmental Deadline:
Evaluating Your Prospective Puppy's Progress.
Before you choose your puppy, you need to know how to assess your
prospective puppy's current socialization and educational status.
Regardless of breed or breeding, if socialization, errorless
housetraining, and basic manners are not well underway by eight weeks
of age, the puppy is already developmentally retarded.
3rd Developmental Deadline:
Errorless Housetraining & Chew toy-Training.
Make certain that an errorless housetraining and chew toy-training
program is instituted from the very first day your puppy comes home.