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Every dog owner’s secret wish is for their puppy to grow up to be one well rounded friendly dog. Those that either have adopted or are planning to adopt a dog can follow the below tips to ensure they have one friendly pet around them.
1.The puppy you adopt ought to be 8 weeks or older
The little one must get said number of days with its mother and siblings. As the very first training session a pup will get is from its mom and litter mates. The behavioural training covers learning about sharing, tolerance, dominance and submission. When the pups play with one another they teach each other not to bite too hard. If a puppy has been bitten by its mate, it will end the game and move away to lick the wound. The biter then understands that in order to have a continuous play session, it has to nip/mouth gently and not use its jaws the way it just did. This natural training technique is called bite inhibition.
Humans too can train their pup in a similar way. During playtime if the puppy bites you respond with a shriek or an ‘Ouch’ sound to alert the pooch that it has done something uncalled for. Next step should be to leave the game and to ignore the four legged biter for a couple of minutes. To resume the halted play, first ask the dog to sit in order to clarify your position as the one in charge here and proceed with the game.
When you adopt a shelter dog whether it’s a puppy or older canine, remember it may not have been fortunate enough to spend the desired amount of initial weeks with its mother and the rest of the litter. In this case you will have to patiently put in some extra effort to train the pooch. The good thing is no dog is un trainable!
The venue can be a dog park or another dog owner’s home. When introducing your pet to a new dog it is best to start with a practice meeting session in the house. In case the venue is a dog park it is better to keep the dogs on the leash during their first few interactions. Play dates are a great learning experience for a dog that will not just learn how to deal with its own kind but will also help it to establish a certain role in the social ladder of its group/species. Image 3: http://pinxpets.com/
Teaching your dog commands such as ‘lie down’ and ‘sit’ work on two levels, firstly it will establish your leadership and secondly it will help to calm your dog and prevent him from jumping (on visitors) and barking. Similarly the `stay’ command works on stilling the dog. It will halt as well as make the pet wait at a particular point.