Polish Lowland Sheepdog Information

"From breeding to training...what you need to know"

 

Polish Lowland Sheepdog puppy care is extremely important. What you puppy is introduced to and the habits you allow or don't allow will determine the behavior of the PON you will meet as an adult. Polish Lowland Sheepdog puppy care is not much different in many ways than raising a child.  Just as in rasing a child the care and attention you pay to the puppy will determine what it grows up to be.  It' s up to you.

NEW PUPPY CARE

 

The following information is provided by Deborah Harvey.  Deborah Harvey currently lives in NC with three therapy dogs and three cats. She owns Furtheir Education; in-home training and education for dogs, cats, and their people.  Her PON, Dickens, stays busy educating her.* Polish Lowland Sheepdog puppy care is one of her specialities.

First, once you get your Polish Lowland Sheepdog puppy, do not reach into the crate to pull him out. Let him come out on his own at his own pace.  Your PON puppy  has just been taken away from the only home and life he knows, endured a scary journey with strange people and is now in unknown surroundings. He is at the very least a little frightened and definitely unsure of himself.  Let the PON puppy  make the choice to come out and investigate.  Though it is very difficult (He's so darn cute), don't force yourself on him.  Let the PON puppy come up to you.  Don't grab him if he backs up.  Wait until he chooses to come back to you.  Move slowly and speak gently.

Two good books for a new PON owner are A Puppy Primer by Pat Miller available from Peaceable Paws. and After You Get Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar at dogwise.com .  If his book is not available your PON Breeders can e mail me for a pdf copy.He has made it available for free in hopes of reducing the number of dogs returned to breeders or in rescue.  While you are ordering from Dogwise, add the DVD Calming Signals by Turid Rugass to your shopping cart.  This is an indispensable tool in learning what your puppy may be saying to you through his body language.  There are addendum/changes I would make to Ian Dunbar's "Before you Get a Puppy".  First, I would change any reference to a puppy making a "mistake" when it chews on something we don't want it to or when it soils inside the house.  Even though he addresses that it really is the human's fault. Later in the text he says to start out using the word "mistake" in the beginning reinforces an already incorrect human notion.

Instead I would have begun stating a few unknown or misunderstood facts about not only PONS but puppies in general

 

1.  PONS puppies like human babies are born with a clean slate.

    They know nothing and have no experiences.It is up to their mothers,

    shared experiences with their littermates and humans to patiently and

    consistently teach them what is expected and what is appropriate

    behavior.

 

2.  A PONS brain is wired for canine body language, not human verbal

     language.(This is why watching the DVD is so important.)  When we

     are teaching them what we want, they are learning a foreign language.

 

3.  Polish Lowland Sheepdog puppies  are babies, not adults.They have the

    attention span of a gnat. Expecting anything to keep his attention more

    than a few seconds is unreasonable. (Even though there are things that

    can be done to help them learn more self-control as they mature.

 

4.  PONS puppies like human babies mouth things to investigate their

    surroundings.

 

5. Every puppy is different, just like every human baby is different.  Just

   because a book or an expert says a puppy should be doing "X" by a

   certain age, does not mean that your puppy will. And it does not mean

   that just because your puppy is behind the curve they are stupid.

 

The book states "The first three developmental deadlines are extremely urgent and crucial and leave no room for mistakes." Well, I've never met a perfect human, we all make mistakes.  Your puppy will not be ruined for life if you fall short somewhere at sometime during his development.  A human's mistake or oversight may make some training harder or preclude more training in a certain area later, but old dogs do learn new tricks and pups without proper training and socialization at critical times can be rehabilitated.

 

I think the above statement makes many new dog owners so nervous that is causes them to make more mistakes than they would have if just told that certain stages are very important and we should try our best to accomplish certain things during these stages. 

Deborah provides many more helps and hints:  Click here for more.

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*Disclaimer:  The webmaster recognizes that the material presented in New Puppy Care is the opinion of the author, Deborah Harvey with her professional training, but is in no way  meant to be the only method that works.  As stated each and every puppy will vary as to what works and what does not.