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Netherlands:  Ewadeclos L "igloo"







Socializing your PON Puppy


Some conservative trainers believe that dogs should not be fully socialized until at least six months to one year of age. Generally, most dogs and their owners will benefit when behavior, and obedience training begin when the seven or eight week old puppy joins his new home. By six months of age, most  problem behavior issues tend to be in place, and coping with them is apt to be frustrating and possibly not always successful.

Chewing, digging, barking, etc. are considered normal puppy behavior but if left uncorrected, may lead to adult behavior issues. PONS in particular, have excellent memories and need to be corrected early in life. If your PON is a "barker", he needs to be corrected as soon as possible.

Parents need to monitor all child-PON interaction, until both child and PON have learned to play nicely together. There will be times when you will have to protect your PON pup from children and vice-versa.

Avoid leaving children alone with your new PON pup because one day, the pup will view small children as littermates and start thinking that nipping is acceptable.

Forbid aggressive play with your new PON puppy. This may lead to aggressive behavior and biting. Instead, throw a ball for your PON to chase and experience joy in interacting with his human family.

Do not allow your PON to participate in running games with children because your pup will be encouraged to think of your children as " natural prey".

Training your PON puppy will motivate him to learn to seek human  leadership as he learns basic trust and obedience. Every PON puppy needs to find his place in the family pack and the owner must assume the "leader" position to provide the security the puppy requires.
At eight weeks your new new puppy  should be accustomed to normal household sounds, which include the vacuum cleaner, dishwasher, TV, radio, etc. Consider short car rides to accustom his body to the motion of a moving car to help prevent car sickness later on. In a few weeks, you can take him to local parks, busy shopping areas and so on. If your puppy becomes nervous, remain calm and allow him to cope with the situation.


Search for local socialization classes and participate in them with your new PON puppy.Your puppy will make new friends and so will you ! Prevent future "temperament issues" by exposing your PON to a wide range of activities. Avoid overtiring your puppy and notice his reactions to new situations. What bothers him ? What does he enjoy doing ? Some PONS enjoy prancing around the show ring while others prefer the security of their homes. Owners will need to make important basic decisions to insure the well being of their PONS.


Reading Suggestions

Before and After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog by Dr. Ian Dunbar


I Just Got a Puppy, What Do I Do?: How to Buy, Train, Understand, and Enjoy Your Puppy by Mordecai Siegal


Civilizing Your Puppy (My Pet) by Barbara J. Wrede


Your Purebred Puppy, Second Edition: A Buyer's Guide, Completely Revised and Updated by Michele Welton