In my teaching days I was of the belief that there wasn't anything that couldn't be taught using a good analogy or metahpor (roaming or even rambling usually in my case). This theory was that if you could put something as complex as physics (yes, I know but you can't always judge a book by its cover) into something as ordinary as everyday life for a teenager then it really isn't difficult. I've carried my firm belief in anological (that surely must be a real word, but my spell checker says 'no') learning (can I coin that phrase, I like it and I'm going to write a subsequent blog on it). What this means is that I'm always on the lookout for anything that makes this business a little easier to understand - and if it's at all humerous then all the merrier (that's kind of obvious).
|Milo the Bitsa|
Here's a few tips to help you:
Familiarise your puppy
Without others involved at this stage you're going to find that your puppy acts differently with different people and has unpredictable behaviour based upon their approach. Easiest away round this is to subject it to different people and set out the expectations for others and the beast itself.
Don't stop communicating
Your work is only just beginning. Get out there and spread the word so that people know what's coming. Walk with him everyday and get anyone else you can to talk about and even walk with you or for you.
Celebrate any and every success
Don't focus on what goes wrong, and don't sweat the little stuff (from the wisest woman I know) just make sure when something happens that is right everyone knows about it :)
Get the right accessories
Think about what compliments the puppy and what areas can benefit too. If you can find something that both will win out of (those glorious win-win situations) then you're going to find your teenager is so much easier to control and be loved.
Let it go.