If you choose to isolate and whisk your puppy away from the pack every time there is a growl, nip or realignment, your puppy will not know, or learn, her place in the pack.  Because puppy’s like to nip at the legs of other dogs (it’s all they can reach!), and have razor-sharp teeth, some dogs will tolerate it, and some won’t.  Some will either growl, chase, nip or lunge, and some will simply move away; but they will work it out and in doing so, teach the puppy how to act in the pack and how to play accordingly with the other dogs. It’s nature’s classroom.  It’s people who mess it all up…

When people get involved and declare “it’s not a good mix” and put the puppy in the car, with windows rolled up, that’s when turmoil and uncertainty for the puppy sets in, not to mention how bad it makes everyone around feel.  All the puppy wants to do is play.  If you are a neurotic master, you will have a neurotic pet.  There will be growing pains, even a spot of blood here and there, but they will all learn if we don’t interfere.  Real danger is easily spotted and the exception to the rule.  Isolating your puppy while the other dogs enjoy playtime is just unfair to everyone involved… especially the puppy.

I’ve been thinking about this for a few days now.  This scenario happened over the weekend and I was really bothered at how the master characteristically over-reacted and punished the puppy by pulling her out of the pack and putting her into the car, because one of the older dogs nipped at the puppy who was play-biting her leg.  I’m sure she thought she was protecting her puppy, but the way she went about it was ridiculous as she muttered “it’s not a good mix”.  It’s too bad she’s so closed-minded. The puppy is playful, adorable and full of energy.  You can see the look of joy on her face when she’s playing with the older dogs.  I suspect they’ll be many days the puppy is either left home or stuck in the car while the other dogs have a blast playing with each other.  Shameful…

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