Notions and tips to ensure the education of your puppy
Posted on November 15 2018
The pup's education requires time, patience and attention. It uses simple principles that every owner needs to know. Here are some tips and basics to incorporate.
Have you decided to adopt a puppy? We can only congratulate you, because dogs are wonderful life companions . However, you must ensure their education early and in the best possible way so that the years you are called together will be happy for everyone.
Establish a clear hierarchy
In dignified descendants of the wolf, dogs are animals programmed to live in packs , in which a clear hierarchy is established; there is the leader and the other members, who follow him and submit to his authority.
At home, it's a somewhat different pattern. It's you, his master or his mistress , but you do not have to act as a pack leader as such. Confidence, affection and consistency are the key words to bring the puppy a good balance. He must feel important, be loved by all members of his family without forgetting that he has rules to follow. Your education will have this role of both setting a framework and strengthening the bonds of trust between the dog and his family members.
If your dog does not live in this climate of trust , he will not obey you and cohabitation can be very bad. It will therefore be necessary to review your method and your approach. A dog who learns very early to respect his owner and who has received a good education can only be a great companion, happy, fulfilled, well integrated with the family and becoming a full member of it.
You have to be extremely patient with puppies, just as you have to be with human babies. Young dogs just want to learn, but you have to give them time to integrate all these new things that, for some, go against their nature: do not do their needs anywhere, stay confined at home several hours a day, etc.
With work, understanding, and repetitions of obedience exercises, the results will eventually arrive .
Set boundaries and stay consistent with them
Your puppy will quickly need you to tell him the limits not to exceed. This concerns in particular the acts vis-à-vis other individuals, what he already learns already when he came to the world alongside his mother and other litter puppies .
During the first 8 weeks of his life with his biological family, he realizes he can not jostle or nibble others without causing a cry or a moan. He learns little by little that he can hurt or be hurt, hence the importance of avoiding weaning too early .
Later, at home, he will have to know that some things should not be done, like urinating inside, jumping on guests or begging for food when you're at the table. When a firm "no" is opposed to it in these situations, it must not turn into a yes the next day. The consistency should be put in orders and prohibitions. Otherwise, it will confuse the dog's mind and encourage the development of unwanted behavior.
Reward him when he obeys
Most experts agree that among dog training methods, positive reinforcement is the most effective. It is about emphasizing the actions properly performed by the dog by encouraging and rewarding them , rather than punishing him systematically when he is wrong.
Your main assets during the education of your puppy are therefore encouragement and treats(croquettes, dog biscuits, meatballs, etc.), to give it only when it acts in the expected manner. Your companion will execute with enthusiasm and pleasure , knowing full well that he will feast while doing it.