Lykeios - Praktijk voor Hondengedrag

The education of your pup

From pup to adult dog

The pup at home - Practical exercises


Lykeios, Dog behavior practice

Joep de Keyzer


This is a guide for educating a pup, a little creature still unknown, but after having completed the entire route, the both of you not only did get to know each other better, you also have formed a long-lasting relationship that will benefit both your physical and mental well-being.

First the different stages of life a dog is going through from birth to his physical adulthood, at about three years old, will be set out.

Next there is a description of the daily practice with your pup inside and outside your home, starting with an explanation of bench and house training important for dealing with your dog inside your home and followed by a number of exercises being trained by you with your puppy, in order for you and your puppy having a lot of fun with each other outside your home too.

At last some tips are offered to you for grooming your puppy, as a result of which a visit to the veterinarian will also become a pleasure.

Part 1 From pup to adult dog

Part 2 Everyday practice - the pup at home

We are driving home in the car with the puppy lying on our lap. Just having him picked up from the breeder, we are now his new pack leaders. In a moment we are coming home and life with a young dog is beginning.

What have we done so far to prepare for this? We are aware of the phases of life a pup is going through until reaching adulthood, as described in Part I above. If at all possible we have taken to us the theoretical background of a dog’s education too. So it’s okay with our knowledge. How to proceed with everyday practice now?

Part 3 Grooming your pup


You have taken a young creature into your home letting it grow up in your life situation. This little living creature will become your house mate, a member of your pack, you will have a lot of fun and be satisfied with and who will benefit your physical and mental well-being!

It is a dog and it has a right to be treated as such. As seen before a dog possesses a great deal of the natural behavior of his ancestor the wolf. Let us be careful seeing and treating him as a human being, as a child, how tempting that may be. A dog’s brain is really functioning at a whole different level other than a human one. He is not aware of himself at all and he has no conscience that prevents him from feeling guilty about anything. Neither he loves us, although obviously he is demonstrating signs of affection towards us. However, love is such an abstract concept that a dog’s brain cannot comprehend.

So we must not impute attributes to a dog, that he does not possess, and is not be able to live up to. In doing so we are doing him wrong. A dog is a beautiful creature having a large variation in behavior, being able to adapt to many situations and to share his live with us. Therefore let us return keeping seeing and treating him as a dog!

Finally a remark. Educating a dog is also a matter of patience and long breath. There will be moments in which you are thinking it will lead to nothing. At other times you are convinced you have made it, because everything is going so well. After all it is just about ups and downs. Stay a pack leader in control, be at certain times an animal trainer applying the techniques from the learning theory, but above all keep your patience and persevere. In the end  you will get a house mate very comfortable to live with. He will understand you as you will understand him, the both of you together becoming more happier creatures on this planet!

Who am I

Joep de Keyzer
  • Joep de Keyzer

  • Licensed dog behavioral therapist
  • Experienced teacher and coach
  • Expert in the field of behavioral science and the dog’s natural behavior


Having become curious? Having any questions? Or like to make an appointment? Please contact me!

  • Dog behavioral Practice Lykeios

  •  Peeskesweg 2, 7041 CB 's Heerenberg
  •   06-23914292
  • Vetenerian Clinic de Pijp

  •   Ceintuurbaan 199, 1074 CV Amsterdam
  •   020-26119548