Young Puppy Problems
With a pup under three months, we aren’t yet into training and we don’t use any negative motivation until the puppy is older and more mature. The one exception to that, is puppy biting. Sometimes when we’re playing with them, they’ll get excited and go from licking us to biting. It’s more excitement than aggression, but it demands a response.
Since those pups were three weeks old, they’ve been conditioning each other to accept the consequences of biting. Puppy A bites puppy B and puppy B immediately bites puppy A back. So our pup is already conditioned to accept corrections for biting in the most natural way possible. So if the puppy bites us, we “bite the puppy back” by taking its upper lip and pressing it into the little canine teeth until you get a response. We also say the word ”OUT” like a German drill instructor. OUT is the most powerful verbal sound a human can make to a dog. Anytime a pup violates a Cardinal rule (jumping on the counter, chewing on a chair leg , sticking its head in the trash) we can make a strong verbal correction by saying “OUT” firmly.
Biting is the only offense that we use negative/physical corrections for with a puppy under three months. Read that again. And again. One more time. Biting is the only thing we use negative reinforcement for while the puppy is under three months of age.
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About Woody Thurman: Woody and Judi Thurman of Twin Lakes Kennel have been breeding and training world class Labrador Retrievers for more than 35 years. Twin Lakes Kennel is the number #1 resource for Labrador Retriever puppies. We select from the most dominant American field bloodlines and breed for natural hunting instinct and tractability. Our Labs, both puppies and adults, are out of the top working Labrador Retriever bloodlines in the country. The end results are the most talented, well rounded Labrador Retrievers possible, making them a most desirable family pet.
More than eight thousand (8,000) Labrador Retrievers have been bred and trained during those thirty-five years. During this time, Woody has titled more than 200 AKC Master Hunter Labrador Retrievers. Woody has also qualified 47 retrievers at AKC Master Nationals. He has won the Ducks Unlimited Open Championships twice. In addition, two of his Labs, Drake and Rondy, bred and trained at Twin Lakes Kennel, are in the Master National Hall of Fame.
Our Labrador Retriever puppies are the culmination of a 30 year search for the most talented, well rounded Labrador Retriever possible. We select from the most dominant American field bloodlines and breed for natural hunting instinct and tractability. Our puppies begin a structured socialization program in the litter box and are introduced to birds at six weeks.
All our Labrador Retriever Puppies carry a guarantee against hereditary defects and to have basic retrieving instincts. Parents of all our Labrador Retriever puppies are physically sound with certified hips and eyes. They are out of the top working Labrador Retriever bloodlines in the country.
We guarantee all our Labrador Retriever puppies to be free from hereditary defects.
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