Puppy Socialization

Let's talk about the new relationship you initiate when you receive your American Alsatian puppy and the beginnings of proper socialization for the breed Sometimes when one first receives his or her new puppy that person wants his or her new puppy to be this perfect thing but sometimes the puppy and its behavior do not turn out the way the person expected when this situation occurs

The reason is often due to a puppy that is more sensitive than expected You see American Alsatian dogs are not your typical dog and that fact can be unfamiliar to a new family There is something different about the American Alsatian dog there is something unique which has been developed over the last 30 years and when one buys an American Alsatian dog It is important for the new family to understand this concept Some people first come to the American Alsatian dog breed because they have heard that we breed DireWolf Dogs

At first they may be unaware of the unique temperament that we strive to achieve in all of our dogs Some may see the price tag on our dogs and exclaim, "I can buy a German Shepherd puppy for $800 so why do I need an American Alsatian puppy for $2,500" The answer is that, yes, you could and you may be very happy with your choice If you want a large dog there are many large dog breeds from which to choose with a lower price tag than the American Alsatian Dog Of course you do not have to own an American Alsatian Dog in order to have a large wolfie-looking dog

In fact, if you are looking for a large breed of dog that has the shadowy appearance of the wolf there are many out there and we would be happy to redirect you A great website to check out is wwwyourpurebredpuppycom So what makes the American Alsatian Dog worth its price? Putting aside our unified attention to superior health and longevity the American Alsatian Dog is the first and thus far the only large breed of dog bred solely and specifically for an inherited large breed companion dog temperament

We define this companion dog temperament extensively on our website wwwdirewolfprojectcom/temperament Let's think for a moment about when you have raised another large breed puppy from another breed that doesn't have the same type of temperament that we have in the American Alsatian Dog breed when one thinks about a German Shepherd Dog, a Siberian Husky, an Alaskan Malamute, a Samoyed, a golden retriever, a Labrador Retriever, or any other puppy, people tend to think about a puppy that is playful happy willing to learn and wants to have a lot of different experiences right now These puppies wag their tails vigorously when they are eating, when they are with you, when they are outside, and when they are with other dogs and puppies

They enjoy playing fetch, chasing a ball, or retrieving a stick The typical large breed puppy does not take in all of its environment all at once Instead that puppy generally thinks about itself and its own needs About pleasure and how it can get more pleasure When it is hungry it thinks about the fact that it wants food

When it wants to play it thinks about the ball or other toy It typically does not notice the trees, the leaves in the trees, the birds, or the sound across the street that suddenly occurs It typically does not notice or care about what you are doing or feeling It tunes out all of that noise in order to focus on its own immediate and direct environment In contrast, an American Alsatian puppy is not going to have that same type of outgoing puppy energy and playfulness

It is not just going to play with the ball Instead it is going to notice all of the things that I just described, including you and what you are doing and feeling This is because breeders within the Dire Wolf Project have specifically bred out, on purpose, many if not all of the working dog temperament traits that most large breed puppies possess You may notice when you first begin to interact with your puppy that American Alsatian puppies are very watchful They watch things in their environment because that is how they learn

They pick up new ideas by watching what they seek most of all When they watch, it is to learn about their people and what makes them who they are as well as the rules in their environment They can learn that different people have different emotions and different environments have different rules Your puppy, if it is a typical American Alsatian puppy and not one of the first or second generational cross breeds, may very well watch and listen to you for hours as you walk back and forth across the living room, sit, read, be on the computer, etc When you take your puppy outside it may not want to explore too much at first

Instead, it may look to you to help guide it or it may sit there for a moment depending on the sensitivity of your puppy and be a lot slower and methodical in its exploring If you have a porch it might sit on the porch and look around for longer than you think Your puppy might listen to the sounds all around it You might see your puppy look up into the trees sniff around the corner of the porch, cock its head from side to side listening to sounds It may also calmly walk around as if searching

But it is going to do these things with a lot less energy and more deliberation It is not just a large breed of dog There is something else going on in its mind The other thing you might notice is that your American Alsatian puppy does not have to do things quickly In fact it is preferred by your American Alsatian puppy and by the people who breed American Alsatian dogs that you go slowly and methodically with your puppy

So if you get your new puppy home, put it in its crate, have its ex-pen set up, and work on good training techniques, but then you take your puppy to your neighbor's house, ask all of your friends to come over, and see it, bring it over to your parents house, sign up for puppy classes right away, take it to Pet Smart to see which toys it wants and which toys it doesn't want, take it to the park, and immediately want your puppy to be able to experience and do all of these different things that you believe a puppy is going to love to do, you will overwhelm your American Alsatian puppy with too much before it has a chance to settle down into a routine At that point you will have fallen into the trap of mistakenly believing that if you introduce all of these things to your puppy early your puppy will learn them quickly and learn to love them If your puppy were a typical working dog with an outgoing personality, this type of interaction would be perfect But you have purchased an American Alsatian puppy and there is something different and unique about an inherited large breed companion dog temperament What you really need to know is that your American Alsatian puppy does not require all of that all at once

In fact, it can be a great hindrance to an American Alsatian puppy if you decide to bombard your puppy with all of that stimulus right away When AmericanAlsatian breeders talk about American Alsatian puppies as being mellow, calm, gentle, sweet, loving, and devoted, we really mean that all of that Even as little puppies, they fall right into those descriptions above We try to be as clear and concise in our language as possible So when you introduce a lot of stimulus at a rapid pace to your mellow, calm, sweet, loving American Alsatian puppy, you confuse and overwhelm its mind because it is too much all at once

Think of your new American Alsatian puppy as a young child with mild autism, such as Asperger's syndrome just learning about the world that surrounds him or her outside his or her home for the first time That sensitive child cannot successfully handle the many environments all at one time in which he or she may be placed When working with young children with mild autism, it is important to limit their stimulus and make sure that they are prepared before introducing new environments people and situations They are happiest in familiar places with familiar routines sights and sounds One would not typically bring a sensitive child such as this to as many different places as possible at a rapid pace

In order to familiarize the child to all of the things that could come into in its environment throughout its life, the child with mild autism would begin to be overwhelmed and significant fear behaviors would begin to emerge Any parent of a child with autism can attest to the fact that forcing their child into new environments and situations when he or she is not ready only causes more issues for the child in the long run It is the same thing with an American Alsatian puppy Just as it can be difficult for a child with autism to communicate to other people, dogs in general have a limited ability to communicate with us But just like that child with autism the American Alsatian Dog wants desperately to communicate with its humans on a more intimate level it yearns to have bonded one-on-one connections with its humans, but it is introverted and lacking in social confidences

The big difference between a child with mild autism and an American Alsatian Dog is that American Alsatian Dogs love affection and attention from their families In fact, we only tend to compare the American Alsatian dog to people with mild autism because the temperament in the typical American Alsatian Dog is so new and unique that an illustration seems necessary for people to understand If the American Alsatian puppy is treated as any other ordinary large breed of dog, both the American Alsatian puppy and the human may be sorely disappointed in the outcome So if you should not bring your new puppy all over the place seeing a myriad of people and doing a bunch of activities right away, what should you do with your new American Alsatian puppy? Give yourself some peace of mind and allow time to slow down In fact, weeks can go by without taking your American Alsatian puppy anywhere but your house

Reflect on all of the things that your puppy can learn in your home alone You have rules in your house The puppy may sleep in its crate, but not on the rug in the bathroom It may be allowed on the couch, but not the bed It may be allowed in the living room, but not in the kitchen

Your puppy may play with its plush toy, but not the couch pillow It may eat it's pig's ear, but not the electric cord Your puppy can go out the back door, but can't go out the front door Your puppy may be vocal when it's daylight, but not at night Your puppy must learn how to stay be calm, respectful, and quiet

Your puppy can play with your more energetic boxer out in the backyard, but not in the house When you go out into the backyard with your puppy there are boundaries and rules there, too Next think of all the things that your puppy may be hearing It is hearing the TV, the vacuum cleaner, and the washing machine It is exposed to your friends coming over, or other dogs who visit

Your puppy is exposed to sights and sounds of your neighborhood when it is outside A t some point you might bring your puppy out to the front porch or maybe to the sidewalk You might walk your puppy a couple of houses down the street While you are walking, your puppy sees other dogs walking, people, strollers, animals, cars, trucks, or whatever else is around at your house When you learn to watch your puppy and be its companion and protector as it begins to learn about all the sights and sounds outside of your home, you and your young puppy can choose to stroll leisurely down the sidewalk and take the time to experience everything that is around your house

Allow the appropriate time it takes, even months, before you venture out anywhere else with your puppy Again, this is because an American Alsatian puppy is not just a dog That is the difference You have adopted a thinking, intelligent, smart, gentle, calm, mellow, willing, devoted, sensitive animal that can be overwhelmed by too many things all at once So it looks to you its companion for guidance and reassurance it yearns for a connection to you that goes beyond any other ordinary dog's companionship

So a month goes by and your puppy knows how to sit and stay It knows where its kennel is, where its ex-pen is, not to jump on the kennel or the ex-pen Not to eat your wires, but it can play with its toys It knows how to be quiet, how to sit nicely and patiently in Lap Therapy It knows how to go outside to go potty and not in the house

It is confident when it walks down the street while hearing all the sights and sounds around your house It can go in the crate safely without becoming upset about it When it understands the rules at your house and is confident, clear, happy and doing everything it is supposed to be doing correctly at your house, then your American Alsatian puppy can take another step At this point you and your puppy might be ready for a little road trip you can put your American Alsatian puppy in its crate and take it to the park For example, where there will be completely different sights and sounds when you get to the park

As before, your American Alsatian puppy isn't going to be the typical large breed puppy It is not going to run around the park vigorously to check out all of the smells and play with the frisbee, a ball, or a tug toy First, American Alsatian puppies are going to want to sit by a tree and observe all the things that are at the park It is always fascinating to me how much time one of our puppies will sit, watching and listening to things going on at the park It is going to want to watch the kids playing basketball on the basketball court

It is going to want to watch the ducks at the duck pond and experience what those are, and for that matter, what is a pond and all the smells around the pond It is going to watch other dogs and what they are doing; how they are walking and what kind of energy they have Just remember that when you go to the park, it is not an interaction between everybody at the park and your American Alsatian puppy Instead, it is an observation and a time for your puppy to absorb, watch and learn about everything that is there at the park, all the while having a real experience or connection with you, the human, it's one desire This is the beginning of a good puppy socialization foundation

Just so you know, puppy socialization training does not mean that your puppy needs to physically meet and greet 200 dogs and people by the time it is nine months old That is not correct socialization training for a sensitive American Alsatian puppy That type of training was touted and probably still is touted by the majority of dog trainers around North America, but it is not appropriate for an American Alsatian puppy Instead, puppy socialization training means that your puppy learns respectful behaviors in order to live successfully in our human environment When your puppy is very well socialized that means that it understands social rules and social behaviors

It is able to be respectful in our human environment So a very well socialized American Alsatian puppy will be calm and collected and respectful to anyone; child, person, or other dog that approaches you It will not cower away and it will similarly not go up enthusiastically with its tail wagging and be a nuisance either way A well socialized American Alsatian puppy will not be a nuisance in public In order to achieve this, you must help your American Alsatian puppy develop confidence in the many different environments in which it will frequent; and the way that you develop confidence in an American Alsatian puppy is that you allow that puppy to experience things without fear

The more fear your American Alsatian puppy shows you, the less socialized your American Alsatian pup will be in the end The opposite is also true If you have a super confident American Alsatian crossbred puppy and it is bold and outgoing because it may be a first generation from an Alaskan Malamute cross, the more it is allowed to be bold and overexcited when it meets other people instead of being calm and collected and understanding the respectful rules of the community, the worst socialized your American Alsatian puppy will be This is because puppy socialization training is not about how happy your puppy is to meet and greet strange people and dogs, but about how respectful your puppy is around strange people places and dogs Typically, though, American Alsatian puppies are sensitive and calm and collected especially in unknown environments, and so they must have positive experiences in those environments; never overwhelming experiences

That is one of the reasons why we adamantly decree that no stranger ever pets your American Alsatian puppy, ever You may experience some really great strangers who understand dog behavior and who understand when a puppy is becoming too overwhelmed, but then you may also experience a stranger who may not have any idea what it is like to be an overwhelmed sensitive baby dog and they overwhelm your puppy even more Unfortunately, that negative experience will never be forgotten because American Alsatian puppies have great memories They seem to have the memory equivalent of elephants So it is very important that they do not have negative experiences

You want to avoid negative experiences as much as possible with strangers The way you do that is by never having experiences with strangers outside of your controlled environment When you cannot control the environment then you cannot control what is going to happen to your puppy You must always be in control so that you set up the situation for your puppy to be successful In order to do that you choose the people with whom your puppy is going to interact and make sure that the people understand your needs for socialization training

Once you have established all of the things about going into the car being respectful in a crate getting up and down from the car being on a leash; that's a lot of training all in of itself before even going anywhere other than the park You could simply train your puppy for your house, your car, and going back and forth to the park for another month until it becomes really comfortable with all of those things Only then should you add on something else For example, perhaps you want to tackle Pet Smart Pet Smart is one of those places that is extremely stimulating

It is like going to Disneyland for a dog and if you have a little puppy, it is going to be a challenge for that little pup, so if you are going to go to Pet Smart with your puppy set it up and make it less stimulating or challenging so that your puppy is successful For example, you can put your puppy in the cart; that gives it a boundary and a way to be contained Or you can attach it to a leash and make sure that you avoid the areas where there is a bunch of activity Or just go in and out of the sliding doors without actually going all the way into Pet Smart For the first few times you can set all of these scenarios up for your puppy to be successful

After your puppy is good with the car, good with the park, good with being in different places, understanding the rules at home then you can add on another layer and another layer And then pretty soon your puppy is walking right with you when you are downtown at the Folk Festival

Thousands of people can be mulling around and your puppy is well-behaved, respectful, and is not fearful That is the beginning of excellent puppy socialization training for your new large breed companion dog

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