Written by Sarah Hodgson, the book is titled Puppies for Dummies. Additionally, Sarah is the author of the book titled “Dog Perfect.” She enrolled in the pre-veterinarian program at Michigan State University to prepare for a career in veterinary medicine.
She earned a degree in Biology, specializing in Psychology and Animal Behavior as part of her coursework there. Training both humans and animals is where her genuine love resides!! She has also published a number of books in addition to running a training school in the state of New York’s upstate region for the last decades.
She worked as a columnist for the New York Times for a period of five years and continues to make guest appearances on a variety of well-known television programs. Job Michael Evans, a previous monk at New Skete, was the one who had the most significant impact on her.
She also likes making public and media appearances to educate others in her industry, and she does it under the moniker Simply Sarah Inc., under which she lectures and conducts training. Shayna May and Hope are her own canines, and she owns two of them. Her website, which can be found at www.dogperfect.com, is packed with information on her writings, training, and other fascinating subjects.
As this is my very first book review, I have decided to give Sarah’s book the highest possible rating of FOUR STARS!!! My first-time reading it revealed a wealth of useful information and recommendations for prospective dog parents. Not only is she a very informative resource for the future family who will be adopting our puppies, but she also makes me laugh out loud! She can make you laugh out loud, which is one of the many reasons why I like being around her. Puppies are the cutest tiny people in her opinion, which makes her giggle at them. She thinks them to be the most engaging and amusing. Because she teaches people how to connect with their puppy without attempting to “manage” them, her method is extremely suitable for our TT pups because it paves the way for them to mature into the self-assured and well-adjusted adults that we all hope our dogs will become. Her book is written in a highly user-friendly style that enables you to go to a certain issue when you are in need of answers without having to start at the beginning of the book and work your way backwards. She provides chapter after chapter of wonderful training techniques and ideas to make the transition that much easier for a new family.
I had the opportunity to speak with Sarah over the phone and ask her a few questions regarding our breed as well as how her techniques are applicable to TTs. She is highly passionate about our breed and has a lot of experience training numerous TTs.
What do you consider to be the most typical error that individuals make when they get a new puppy?
The subject children to an excessively high standard of accountability for their conduct and the punishment they get. They yell the word “NO” excessively and attempt to employ physical punishment on pups who are not even four months old yet. It is inappropriate to do this since it will cause these younger children to get confused, which will lead to them being more likely to attempt to participate in combative play with you as well as display behaviors that are undesired.
As a trainer, how would you evaluate the amount of training that is necessary for a TT puppy in comparison to the training required for the most popular breeds?
Moderate, but let me add that it really depends on the sort of house they are in…do they have a fenced-in yard? Whether or not they have a fence in their yard is a major factor. What are their precise expectations for the dog moving forward? If you learn to communicate with them on their level, there is no specific breed that is inherently more difficult to communicate with. While some breeds are eager to please their owners, others, like the Tibetan Terrier, prefer to figure things out on their own and then put them into practice without being coerced. They love to make choices, which means you need to learn how to express the proper options to them and then let them make the decisions themselves. Because TTs are not a breed that loves and acts to please others, they may be difficult to train.
What is one extremely significant step that we, as responsible breeders, can do to assist in the preparation of our newest dog families?
Explain to them how the world looks through the eyes of a puppy, and explain to them that a puppy’s brain is still growing at this time, thus the primary attention at this stage should be on the puppy’s “needs” rather than on training. They should begin the training when they are ready to take it in, but no sooner than 12 to 16 weeks after beginning the program. Because infants are too young to understand all of the training, parents should just concentrate on satisfying their children’s requirements when they first bring their new dog home.
In your opinion, which of the following is one of the most difficult aspects of training a puppy, and at which stage do the majority of people give up?
The most difficult aspect of training is getting people to realize that a puppy is only a puppy and is unable to meet all of the demands that are placed on them at too early of an age.
One thing that I have seen in the past is that new families often have unrealistic expectations of their puppy and place excessive demands on it from the very first day, such as teaching it to sit, stay, and so on. What would you say to a family that is making their new dog’s life all about rules and cutting out the fun? The puppy seems to “burn out” and become confused.
Take a step back and concentrate on playing interactive games. They should limit their vocabulary to the five words that describe fundamental necessities, and that should be all! You may go to the internet and receive the “Needs Chart,” and this will tell them what they should be doing at this early age, such as eating, drinking, keeping themselves active, and other activities. When a puppy is between 8 and 10 weeks old when it moves to its new home, the new owners shouldn’t have any expectations for the dog. Only the words related to their “needs” should be taught to them.
When they are in their crates, x-pens, or gated in a part of the home without you, Toy Terriers may be quite talkative as pups. What would you suggest as an effective training strategy for dealing with a noisy puppy?
To begin, if your objective is to exert authority over your TT puppy, then you are doomed to fail. They are content with who they are! In addition to this, they are not going to be controlled, and if someone tries to exert physical authority over them in an attempt to do so, they are likely to get hostile and irritable. Whenever they engage in conduct like this, you should just shut your business. Maintain the pretense that nothing is going on as you talk to them. Only when they are quiet, and only after you have praised them for behaving appropriately. They are making a valiant effort to “contact” you, and each time you approach them and tell them to “Settle” or “Quiet,” it is a victory for them!! They were able to eventually engage you in conversation once they succeeded in luring you over to them. If you want them to be quiet in their crate or puppy pen on their own, you should give them a chewy or toy and let them decide whether or not they want to enjoy it quietly. When they do decide to enjoy it quietly, you should praise them for behaving appropriately and encourage them to continue this behavior in the future. They don’t mind shouting fifty times if they know that on the fifty-first time you are eventually going to come and check on them. This is the error that people make when interacting with TTs because they aren’t talking with them on their level. If they are successful in engaging you, they will continue to do so for 50 times longer on their next attempt since it worked for them the first time. Be an effective communicator and assist them in making the choice to settle on their own by providing them with the resources necessary to do so, such as a bone, toy, or other items.
What do you see throughout your training sessions that most irritates you, and why is it? Where do families fall short of expectations?
Inconsistencies within the family…the puppy is bewildered since he is receiving conflicting information from both his mother and his father. While Mom tells him to get off the sofa, Dad beckons him to join him on the couch for a cuddle… Every member of the household has to have the same degree of communication with these pups. They need to communicate with the puppy using the same terminology and refrain from correcting him for behaviors that have been encouraged by a member of the family.
You offer a service, which you explain in your book, in which people can fill out an extensive questionnaire (which is included in the book), then send it to you, and for a fee, you will match this family up with a breed that best suits their lifestyle. This service is available to people all over the world. Which kind of households would benefit most from owning a TT??
I do advise the Tibetan people to talk to their relatives…
They are a wonderful breed in my opinion, and I try to find homes for them with people who have a fantastic sense of humor. They should have a really calm attitude and not be too concerned about exercising control. children older than seven years old and a generally peaceful dynamic within the family Children younger than this age might cause an unacceptable amount of stress for a TT puppy, which in turn will cause the kid to experience anxiety, which can then transfer to the parents in the form of stress. This family must have the desire to be engaged in training, but not control, the dog, and they cannot be the kind of family that wants a dog over whom they can exercise their authority. They need to be able to laugh at themselves and have fun during a TT!
Therefore, the worst-case scenario family would be very different from what you just detailed.
They should not be placed with controlling, overly assertive people who will not allow them to make decisions to exhibit appropriate behavior on their own, because TTs are going to make their own choices, and the family won’t communicate with them on this level should not own this breed. Yes, exactly…they should not be allowed to live with people who will not allow them to exhibit appropriate behavior on their own. Candidates that are demanding and who have an excessive number of expectations are not candidates that would be suited.
In conclusion, I would want to urge every one of you to suggest that the people who care for your puppies read the books written by Sarah. She has a profound knowledge of our breed and serves as a helpful resource for each and every one of us!! I have decided that with all of my future puppy take-home packages, a copy of her book will be included!!