How to raise a puppy?
A raised puppy is not only the pride of its owners, but also a guarantee of the safety of both the pet itself and the people and pets around it. Education should not be confused with training, because if training is training a dog to special teams, then education is the formation of the puppy’s behavioral norms necessary for a comfortable life in society.
The success of educational work depends on the conditions in which the puppy grows and develops, and, of course, on the degree of responsibility of the owner and the correctness of his approach. Here are some tips to help you avoid mistakes and make the process of learning a dog enjoyable and effective.
Learn the basics of zoopsychology, education and training of dogs. Pick up high-quality literature on the topic and “get” board books. They will not only give you useful knowledge, but also teach you to understand your pet by telling him about his perception of the world, you and yourself.
Keep a puppy development diary. Record in it age-related changes, veterinary examinations, antiparasitic treatments and vaccinations, assessments and recommendations of specialists, as well as your joint success in raising. These data will help control the health and skills of the puppy and will definitely be useful to you in the future.
Conduct classes with a puppy in a relaxed atmosphere, without being distracted by other things.
Start educational work with the first days of the appearance of a puppy in a new house. The first months of life are the most crucial period in shaping a pet’s behavior and its relationship to you.
Stick to your educational plan. If yesterday you punished a puppy for damaged shoes, and today you allowed him to play with slippers, you can be sure that the lesson will not be learned.
Go from simple to complex, considering the age and possibilities of the puppy. You should not wait for an excerpt from a 2-month-old baby, but at the age of 8 months, the pet should already be able to unconditionally fulfill all the main commands.
Repetition is the mother of learning. A well-learned lesson will be safely forgotten if the need for the manifestation of the skill is not a long time.
Give commands correctly. First, attract the attention of the dog, calling it a nickname, and only after that clearly and confidently say the command.
For upbringing and training, stock up with a collar, a leash (short and long), a harness, apparel items and treats that will be used to encourage the dog.
Do not give a treat without a reason. Encourage your puppy with a treat for a properly performed action and add praise to it.
Do not forget that the positive emotions and approval of the owner – the best incentive in raising a pet. If your puppy stubbornly does not want to become “educated”, do not rush to give up on his talents, but think about whether you are doing everything right. After all, the mistakes of the dog in most cases are a reflection of the mistakes made in educational work, as well as its success – a weighty reason for the pride of the owner for his (and joint with the pet) work.