HOUSE MANNERS


A puppy has no wish to displease or to spoil carpets, it merely acts as nature prompts, at the moment nature prompts, and it is only later, when it is able to control natural powers sufficiently, that it can be as clean as desired. In the meantime, plentiful supplies of hot water and soap prevent serious damage to fabrics.

If the puppy misbehaves itself in the house, pepper should be lightly shaken over that place. Pepper causes the hesitation, a warning to pick the puppy up. Sniffing at the carpet, the taking up of a comfortable position, are signs that must be watched for. When accidents occur, a long, low growl to show displeasure causes the puppy to place its tail between its legs. When the puppy behaves as is most desirable, a great fuss should be made of it. It soon learns that growls and threats or praise and fondling can be obtained according to behaviour, and it will prefer praise and fondling. Lack of house manners is difficult to control and accidents are certain. It is necessary to be ever on the alert and to keep an eye on the puppy every minute of the day. Each half hour or so, it should be put in the garden and even then accidents are to be expected. The puppy put in the garden forgets. Its interest is taken by a butterfly that happened to waft by its nose. To stay in bed late in the morning and then blame the puppy is not fair. Nor is it right to keep the puppy in the house all day. A puppy should be exercised last thing at night and on a lead whilst young, so that the owner keeps it with him on exercise until such time that it is safe to return to the house.

From Edward C Ash’s PUPPIES THEIR CHOICE,CARE AND TRAINING. Out of print.

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