...and she's doing almost everything right! She'd been wanting a dog for a long time, but her husband (my DH's older brother) had resisted. For some reason, he decided to surprise her for Christmas, and they adopted from the APL, bringing the pup home a few days after the holiday. She had dogs growing up, he didn't, so she's researching what she doesn't remember, planning on puppy socialization classes, and calling me when she has a problem. The last part is the problem, because I am not a puppy expert, but I read real well.

Right now the pup is growling when someone comes near his food bowl, so I made some suggestions on how to make him think good things happen when humans get near his food. He's not guarding anything else, but I told her things she can do to prevent that. The pup is about 2 months old and very confident, so I told her it was important to start training early. She'd already planned on obedience classes, and I'm going to order a couple of puppy training books (they don't have a lot of money) as a reward for her good behavior.

Puppy is chewing on people a lot, but she thought that was OK because he's teething and not really biting, and I pointed out that she won't want him to do that in
6 months when he has adult teeth.

On the subject of Pavlov's dog: Anna, our Borzoi who had tieback surgery, takes generic Reglan before meals to help with gastric motility, as she also has megaesophagus. Drug info says to wait at least 20 minutes before feeding to allow the drug to get into the bloodstream, so we set a timer when we give her the pills. Today I gave her her pills and she went back into the dining room/office and laid down. The timer went off, immediately followed by Anna getting up and walking into the kitchen.
Mustang Sally
She'd already planned on obedience classes, and I'm going to order a couple of puppy training books (they don't have ... and I pointed out that she won't want him to do that in 6 months when he has adult teeth.

My favorite for getting started with puppies in addition to a book is "Sirius Puppy Training" video by Ian Dunbar. I like it because it starts with untrained people and untrained puppies. So you get to see the mistakes people make (and the corrections) and the way puppies really act.
On the subject of Pavlov's dog: Anna, our Borzoi who had tieback surgery, takes generic Reglan before meals to help ... dining room/office and laid down. The timer went off, immediately followed by Anna getting up and walking into the kitchen.

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...and she's doing almost everything right!

Isn't it great when that happens?
Puppy is chewing on people a lot, but she thought that was OK because he's teething and not really biting, and I pointed out that she won't want him to do that in 6 months when he has adult teeth.

That's true but I've always found that a lot of that biting that puppies do stops when their adult teeth start coming in. I suspect their mouths are a little sore while the teeth are falling out and coming in. Probably it's coincidence that it happens around the same time that teaching them not to bite kicks in but I always noticed it happening around the same time.

What's the breed guess and how big is he going to be?
On the subject of Pavlov's dog: The timer went off, immediately followed by Anna getting up and walking into the kitchen.

That Pavlov WAS a scientist, huh? I suppose we shouldn't be surprised when they react to something like that so quickly. Supper is a VERY big deal with most dogs. I suspect that the surprise is that we recognize it when it happens!
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...and she's doing almost everything right!

It sounds like you're doing everything right, too. It's great to hear a good Christmas puppy story.
On the subject of Pavlov's dog: Anna, our Borzoi who had tieback surgery, takes generic Reglan before meals to help ... dining room/office and laid down. The timer went off, immediately followed by Anna getting up and walking into the kitchen.

Hah! It doesn't take long for them to learn the system, does it?
My story: I always slightly hydrate Rocky's kibble for 15 minutes or so before spraying on his liquid KBr so that the drug doesn't pool at the bottom of the bowl. My dogs don't get excited about mealtime when the food dishes get filled, but as soon as that KBr bottle comes out of the fridge.. dinner time!

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
She'd already planned on obedience classes, and I'm going to ... do that in 6 months when he has adult teeth.

My favorite for getting started with puppies in addition to a book is "Sirius Puppy Training" video by Ian Dunbar. ... untrained puppies. So you get to see the mistakes people make (and the corrections) and the way puppies really act.

Thanks; I thought Dunbar had one, but couldn't remember the name. Video is good too because the kids (12 and 7) can watch them (not that they can't read, but they're more likely to watch a video). I have lots of training books here and several videos, but nothing on puppies.
On the subject of Pavlov's dog: Anna, our Borzoi who ... followed by Anna getting up and walking into the kitchen.

:-)

She's learning to cough on cue, too.
Mustang Sally
...and she's doing almost everything right!

Isn't it great when that happens?

Yep, which is why I posted it - - so often it's not what we read here. The other great thing was that her reaction to everything I suggested was very positive. Not because I'm some guru, but because she wants to do everything right and is committed to making this dog a member of the family.
Puppy is chewing on people a lot, but she thought ... do that in 6 months when he has adult teeth.

That's true but I've always found that a lot of that biting that puppies do stops when their adult teeth ... same time that teaching them not to bite kicks in but I always noticed it happening around the same time.

Right, but there are kids, and visiting kids, so I thought it best that that not be allowed to go on. A lot of the things that dogs do are perfectly normal, natural behaviors, but that doesn't mean they're desirable.
What's the breed guess and how big is he going to be?

Shelter's breed guess was Aussie and beagle. I've only seen pictures, and I immediately thought Aussie mix. I will visit soon, since I really should meet and observe the pup if I'm going to offer advice about him.
On the subject of Pavlov's dog: The timer went off, immediately followed by Anna getting up and walking into the kitchen.

That Pavlov WAS a scientist, huh? I suppose we shouldn't be surprised when they react to something like that so quickly. Supper is a VERY big deal with most dogs. I suspect that the surprise is that we recognize it when it happens!

I wasn't really surprised, and you're right about recognizing it - she might have been doing this for a while. It's just interesting to me: sometime over the past 2 months, she has stopped reacting to the cues leading to the other dogs being fed - - she's learned that she will be fed after they are, and that she is not supposed to eat their (dry) food - - and started reacting only to 'her' cues. As I told my SIL today, you're teaching dogs things even when you're not aware of it.

Mustang Sally
...and she's doing almost everything right!

It sounds like you're doing everything right, too. It's great to hear a good Christmas puppy story.

It sure is. Good thing she's in charge of the pup, too; my BIL is clueless.
My story: I always slightly hydrate Rocky's kibble for 15 minutes or so before spraying on his liquid KBr so ... when the food dishes get filled, but as soon as that KBr bottle comes out of the fridge.. dinner time!

That's what's interesting about Anna - not so much that she reacts to the timer, but that she no longer reacts to the general mayhem surrounding dinner for the other dogs. She's learned that she isn't going to get fed at the same time they are, and that she isn't allowed to eat their food. (Though she sneaked some kibble a few weeks ago but, thankfully, didn't aspirate anything.)
Mustang Sally
ana needs to be fed by loving people who keep her out of harms way!
ana needs to be fed by loving people who keep her out of harms way!

She is, jackass.
Mustang Sally