How to raise a puppy properly?
This is a question that every responsible owner asks himself. The safety of your dog and others depends on the quality of the puppy’s education. Raising and training a puppy requires knowledge and experience. Beginners and experienced puppy owners make innocent mistakes that negate any effort. In our article, we will speak about the most common misconceptions in puppy rearing and training. Make sure you remember them, so you don’t make the same mistakes again!
- An owner pronounces a name and commands vaguely, distorts words. As a result, a dog can’t remember particular sounds and develop a response to them.
- An owner pronounces a name with a threatening tone. The name should make your puppy’s associations pleasurable. He should be excited and pay attention when he hears it, not hiding under the nearest chair.
- An owner uses the name and the “Come!” command as synonyms to call out the dog. In practice, these are two completely different messages. The nickname is used to attract attention, and the “Come!” command – is already a call.
- An owner pronounces the same command with different intonations. If yesterday you commanded “Place!” and today you say something like, “Rex, let’s go to plaaaace…” – the dog just won’t match the two commands.
- An owner gives commands too often with and without cause. Your puppy sees repetitive words as white noise. Say the commands strictly when you need them.
- An owner gets confused about the commands. It’s not easy to understand the nuances of upbringing and training from scratch, it takes practice. Beginner dog handlers can get confused at first – and that’s okay. It’s not okay to be mad at your dog if he doesn’t know what you want him to do.
- The owner is being rude. Sharp action and negativity can make the puppy afraid.
- Wrong harness and leash (or wrong tightening). Severe discomfort will spoil the puppy’s walk impression. If an owner wonders why the puppy doesn’t like to go out, maybe he’s just uncomfortable.
- An owner is inconsistent with the requirements. If you send your puppy to the lodge tonight and take him to bed tomorrow, don’t expect him to learn the Place command.
- Family members act differently. Your puppy’s upbringing system should be the same for all family members.
- An owner demands the impossible. The Jack Russell Terrier won’t be on the bench all day, and the French bulldog can’t win an athletics prize. Match your requirements with your pet’s characteristics: age, temperament, fitness, health, preferences, and even mood. A dog, like any of us, will not be able to jump above his head.
These are the main points to pay attention to in the first stages. Then you will gain experience and expand your knowledge in practice. Don’t forget the courses on dog education, training, and socialization, where you can learn a lot and get professional support. Read also about the 3 first steps to raising a puppy.
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