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Your Puppy Is A Blank Canvas

A puppy is like a blank canvas, a newborn whose innocence hasn’t been tainted. With your help, it can either grow into a loving, loyal, trouble-free pet or a spoiled, misbehaving dog. Your commitment to education and nurturing holds the key.

You Are The Teacher
Many people think a puppy can’t be trained. I have heard “Oh, those are just normal puppy behaviors”. This is not true. Puppyhood is the perfect time to begin educating your dog to be a well-adjusted adult. Just as children need our guidance with toilet training and manners, so too do puppies. Or they will quickly spiral out-of-control and form their own rules.

Speaking Dog
Think about the way dogs communicate. They don’t speak in sentences. The don’t communicate in English. From their Mom and their litter mates they learn to use guttural sounds and body language. Therefore, when you start to barrage your puppy with “sit” and “stay” commands, he has no idea what you are saying. Eventually he can learn the sound of certain spoken words and relate them to actions, but this will take awhile. Whereas a puppy learns its own canine language immediately.

When you say “no”, a puppy does not comprehend what it means right away. However, Bark Busters teaches you a guttural command and body language that your puppy will instantly relate to. That is why we achieve such dramatic results. In essence, we teach you to “speak dog”.  We teach the dog to focus on you the owner rather than what it is doing.

Remember that a puppy’s first language is “dog language” and his second language is human language. You know how hard it is to learn a second language. Why wouldn’t you just communicate in a language your puppy understands?

Body Language
When dogs are afraid, they lower their height. When they are confident, they stand up tall. For you to establish yourself as the leader, you need to use the proper body language. You must stand tall and straight when you want your dog to listen to you. If you are laying down next to your dog, your body language tells your pup that you are a pushover.

Puppies have no concept of right or wrong. They do not have the ability to reason. They learn from you through praise when they are doing something right.

Never correct your puppy after a misbehavior. He won’t be two and two together. For instance, if your puppy has an accident in the house, admonishing him afterwards will not do any good. Know that if you don’t have the time to address his mis-behavior right then, you may need to recreate the situation later.

Praise is very important to a puppy. It lets him know that you are pleased with his behavior.


  • Pick up your puppy to control it. Instead, crouch down to call it to you or refocus its behavior verbally.
  • Smack, push or poke your puppy with your hand or a rolled-up newspaper. These are all physical or harsh methods and will only make your puppy want to bite your hands next time you try to touch him.
  • Roll your puppy over to prove authority, don’t try to hold it down or alpha roll it. This could traumatize your puppy.
  • Don’t grab your puppy’s collar, the scruff of its neck or grip its muzzle to control its behavior.
  • Yell at your puppy; dogs have excellent hearing.

Bark Busters never believes in physical force because this could lead to problems.

By using out training methodology of body language and voice tones, you can start you puppy out on the right paw to training. Contact Barbara Gazley at BarkBusters Home Dog Training Central Valley today.

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