- Category: Coffee with a Slice of Life
- Published: Wednesday, January 09, 2019
- Written by Dianna Flett
Since I am the type of person who believes that making mistakes is a part of learning, I am sharing with you one of my lessons learned in hopes that it will benefit you in the near term or perhaps long term as you go through life. Many of you may have a new dog in your life which I personally hope you purchased from a reputable breeder, or better yet adopted. I want to share one of my personal “lessons learned” as a puppy mom teaching a new dog, new tricks.
Here goes (this is all personal opinion):
- Don’t EVER consider training a five-month-old puppy on the electric fence you have just installed in the yard. Regardless of how big they are physically they are too young to understand. When they get hit by that first “correction” blast they will basically think that someone has hit them upside the head with a bowling ball.
**(Please note this is also written plainly in the instruction packet if you choose to read it.)
- If you do decide to train a five-month-old puppy on the electric fence, don’t EVER do it after a rainfall. There is a reason that the electric chair executioners put a wet sponge on the condemned man’s head just before he is hit with thousands of volts of electricity. The water MAGNIFIES the effect of the shock.
- If you do decide to train a five-month-old puppy on the electric fence after a rainfall, don’t EVER bend down to talk to him/her as you are walking up to the electric fence line. Chances are he/she will pop up three and a half feet upon experiencing the first slam of the bowling ball they believe has just hit them in the head. It hurts the puppy. In a quite justified reaction they will slam your chin up into your tongue to the point where you are standing there, in the rain, hemorrhaging.
- If you do decide to train a five-month-old puppy on the electric fence after a rainfall and do stand close enough to where you get hit in the chin by their three-and-a-half-foot jump straight up, don’t EVER decide to then take the puppy into the house to rest. They will proceed to pant for about 25 minutes and then will throw up all over the carpets ... I mean throw up everything they’ve eaten for the past 24 hours...on your brand new “I bought it for Christmas”, $2,000 living room rug.
Our doggy was fine and I didn’t require stitches but since we’re friends I thought you should know.
You are welcome.