When you’re getting a new puppy, it’s your responsibility to take care of that animal and make sure it has been raised well, for the safety of your pet, other people and children who will meet that dog in the future.
In dog training, using correction has been a subject of controversy many times during the last years. The main issue is; using correction can possibly provoke fear. Dealing with fear in your life, makes you unsecure and can create uncontrolled reactions. It will be the same for your dog.
That’s why it is really important to build confidence and trust in your puppy, positively. The first year of your puppy’s life is crucial for socialization. Bring it everywhere! Make them see the world and meet different people, make this experience fun at every opportunity. Bring your puppy to the veterinarian for a pleasant and positive visit. Bring them to the pet store to meet people and other animals. Bring them to the park (where they allow dogs). Bring treats with you; there will be times when your puppy may be uncertain and scared, so make sure that you make those moments positives. Don’t “feed the fear’’ by making a big deal out of it, show him that this situation is without danger. Just show this little puppy the fun in every situation and environment.
Manipulation is also really important to introduce early in your puppy`s training. Touch his whole body all the time, teach him how to be really comfortable at being manipulated by you and your friends. It’s a good way to bond with your dog and to build a faithful relationship. It will help, in the future, when kids will be petting your dog, but will also make your visits at the veterinarian much easier.
By Lise Benoit