So you just got a new dog. Congratulations!
There’s nothing better than experiencing the kind of warm, loving companionship that only a dog can give. Before your pup settles into his new digs, there are a few things you’ll want to teach him in order to help him grow into the healthy, well-balanced four-legged friend you want him to be.
Contrary to popular opinion training your new pet takes a little more than food, water and a warm bed. If your goal is to raise a confident, well behaved dog, it’s going to involve a good deal of effort on the part of both you and your pup. While it may seem like a lot of work in the beginning you’ll reap the rewards of an obedient, balanced dog later. Here are some tips those of us here at The Barking Lot recommend:
ESTABLISH YOURSELF AS THE PACK LEADER
Well-renowned author and dog behaviorist, Cesar Millan recommends establishing yourself as the pack leader early on. According to Millan, dogs immediately sense who the dominant person or dog will be, so its best take on this role before he does.
How do you establish yourself as the pack leader?
Asserting silent, confident control allows you to create a relationship built on love and mutual respect between you and your dog. Things like giving your dog the opportunity to earn his food or walks by doing his part first before he is rewarded is a very important aspect of your pet’s training.
Socialization is another part of creating a well-balanced dog. This should begin at about 3 weeks of age and includes touching, holding cuddling with you, friends and family members, exposure to a variety of different sounds, preventing resource guarding by having him get used to people walking up to him while he’s eating and learning to be alone to avoid separation anxiety.
REGULAR PET VISITS
Regular visits to the vet are also an essential part of raising a balanced pet.
Not only do vets offer information on nutrition, health and wellness, they can provide critical preventive care tips to help keep your dog in tip top condition as well.
When doing dog training, consistency is key. It’s best to teach your dog to relieve himself in a safe area that he’s familiar with to help create good habits. Once he gets used to going outside, rewarding him with his favorite treat will reinforce the kind of behavior you’re looking for.
We can’t stress enough how important exercise is to your pup. Millan says that because puppies have lots of pint up energy and need to find ways to expend it. Daily walks with your dog helps get rid of much of that energy and offer numerous health benefits for both you and your pet.