Puppy and Kitten behavior
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Let's learn together to make our pet grow in the best way for example with good behavior!
Puppies are basically a blank slate. What you get them used to at a young age, they will tolerate and enjoy when they are adults. Here are some things you can do to ensure your pup will be a friendly, well mannered dog you can be proud of:
- visit many new places a week;
- introduce your pup to new people at each place;
- take your pup on regular car rides (use a carrier or specialized seatbelt for safety);
- brush your pup daily;
- bathe him/her frequently;
- handle your pups feet, ears, mouth, etc. Massage him or her all over. If they fuss, say "no" firmly;
- talk to your pup in a soft, pleasant voice when he or she is quiet;
- gradually acquaint your pup to very loud noises such as the vacuum or blow dryer. Turn them on and off from a distance.
PREVENTING BAD HABITS
Provide appropriate objects for chewing (nylabone, pigs ears.) and praise the puppy for chewing on these objects. It is best to rotate the toys every week so the pup does not get bored. Gently punish inappropriate chewing (clap hands, shout, squirt with water bottle, shake coins in a can) while directing the puppy to appropriate objects. Put your pup in his crate when you are not supervising. Don't allow aggressive behavior such as mouthing hands, tugging, jumping up, growling, guarding food and nipping. Competition between dog and owner should never be developed, even when it is playful. To handle aggressive play, stand perfectly still, cross your arms and close your eyes to tell your puppy you are not interested in playing "rough". When the puppy gives up, get an appropriate toy and praise your puppy for playing with it. Don't allow jumping up. Never pet or talk sweetly to a dog that has only two feet on the ground. Turn away and ignore him. Kneeing, hitting the dog under the chin, and squeezing the dog's paws may actually lead to increased jumping. Make definite decisions about manners: Will the dog be allowed on the furniture? Are any rooms off limits? When you tell your dog "no", you must be prepared to enforce your decision immediately.
NOTHING IS FREE
The "nothing is free" technique helps you establish leadership. Leadership will help you set the right behavior. The concept is to teach your dog that nothing is free and that they must obey a command before they get anything they like. NO food rewards are used. The reward is what the dog wants in the particular situation, be it love, praise, pats, going out, etc..don't allow your pup to be demanding. The only way your dog should get what he or she wants is by behaving.
The preceding ideas will help you lay good foundation for your puppy. In addition, your dog should learn to sit and stay on command, come when called, and walk on a leash. Eight weeks of age is a good time to begin teaching some of these commands. If you desire more extensive training, contact us for the names of some good behaviorists and trainers.
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