10 Ways Puppy Scents Builds Character!
Today, we’re talking about: #2 Empathy – “understanding another’s point of view and stepping into your puppy’s “paws”
Character Building Block – “I will do my best to know what you may be thinking and feeling to understand your point of view”
“Hey, I don’t know why we have to do this, we just do.”
“We pups really don’t want to hurt anyone. We’re just playing.”
“I think I miss my brothers and sisters.”
“I can’t open the door to go potty outside. I have no hands!”
These are some of the thoughts that ran through Roc’s mind (and a million other ones) as he was writing Puppy Scents with Don.
It was important for Roc to let kids know what puppies are thinking when they come to live with a human family.
It’s overwhelming for the family at first and scary for the pup..
It takes time to get acquainted and build a relationship.
But with love, understanding and EMPATHY Roc thinks kids and their new pup can become “best pals forever”!
Here are some practical ways in which we can teach kids what it means to show EMPATHY when caring for their pup.
- Start talking to your puppy right away, using simple, appropriate words for the same task.
- Spend lots of quality time with your pup. It’s a great start to learning what your puppy likes and doesn’t like.
- Get to know your puppy’s body language that will help you pick up on when your puppy is scared, sad, confident or happy.
- Keep a watch on your pup to steer him away from trouble. Some things around the house are not safe for puppies.
- Puppies are used to his mother, brothers and sisters and will need you to make him feel comfortable and a part of the family.
As you spend time and work with your pup, you will start to see his own little personality.
Don told Roc when he brought him home, he had “a personality all his own”.
Roc didn’t know what that meant, but said, “Maybe it will come off and go away as I get older!”
As you can see, what we think is going on in our little pup’s mind, is not always what is really going on in there!
But as time goes on, as with all relationships, you both will start to communicate and know what the other is thinking. You’ll see!
A lack of EMPATHY or unwillingness to learn what your puppy may be thinking or feeling is another major stumbling block to loving and training your puppy to live the rest of his life with you and your family.
It’s exciting when the puppy comes home at first. Then the newness wears off and we humans tend to forget that our pup needs special care and training. He will not pick up the rules of the house without the family’s loving instruction on his own. He’s a pup and does not have access to all that the humans in the family know unless you tell him.
As Roc says, “I am what I am and I’m a pup and proud of it!” But since a pup is limited in his communication and capacity to learn the rules of the house and how to fit in with the family, you must provide that for him.
Yup! That’s the tough part.
But if you do your part, your pup will willing follow your lead.
In my (Mindy) book Surviving the Puppy Stage, How to get Inside Your Dog’s Mind Without Losing Your Own, I talk all about Survival Tips to make things a lot easier for you, your family and your pup! I’m all about making things easy, simple and fun! Here’s what I cover:
- Think puppy thoughts
- Be the leader
- Make learning fun
- Speak doggy talk
- Keep emotions in check
- Teach within your regular routine
- Keep it simple
- Forgive and forget
- Play puppy games
- Be fair and consistent
Surviving the Puppy Stage is intended as a support to families who are looking for
an easy to understand guide to train, bond and coexist with their new pup.
Understanding the people/puppy mindset,
coaching parents, kids and their dogs in the basics of puppy stage survival and
teaching them how to successfully coexist and remain together for life…
is our mission and passion!
Next time: #3 FRIENDSHIP
See you then!
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