An Essential Guide To Raising A Well-Behaved Dog

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If you’ve recently decided that you want to get a puppy, or you’ve brought a new addition home, it’s never too early to start planning for the future. Dogs are man’s best friend. But at times, they can try your patience. If you’re eager to avoid chewed shoes, dog fights in the park, and broken chair legs, here are some top tips.

Start early

 

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You want your pet pooch to be well-behaved and it’s best to lay down the law from day one. You don’t need to get angry or shout at your dog, but let them know who is boss. Make some ground rules clear and be consistent. Tell them ‘no’ when they do something they shouldn’t, such as scratch the couch and keep reminding them until it sinks in. Although it can be tempting to give in to your pup’s irresistible face, try not to. If they’re used to discipline and order from the beginning, it won’t come as a horrible shock when they get older.

Book some classes

Puppy classes are a fantastic way for your new pooch to make some friends and get used to other dogs. They will also learn to respond to basic commands, such as ‘sit’ and ‘wait.’ Listen to the trainer and take their advice on board. When you get home, practice the exercises and keep asking your dog to respond to your commands. When you go for a walk, keep them on the lead and make them walk by you. When you get to roads, make them sit and wait. Encourage them to sit when they have a treat, and lie down when it’s time for a brush.

Reward good behaviour

Puppies respond positively to reinforcement and rewards. When your dog does something clever, or they obey your commands, reward them. Give them a big cuddle, or a dental stick to chew on.

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Exercise

Many dogs cause havoc because they get bored. Try to make sure your puppy is occupied. Buy toys for them to play with and take them for regular walks. If you’re going out, let them have a run around in the back garden beforehand. Most dogs need frequent exercise, so ensure you make time for a walk each day. If you struggle to find time, you may wish to consider hiring a dog walker.

Remove temptation

To a puppy, a brand new pair of shoes may be the greatest toy going. If you’re desperate to keep your possessions and furniture intact, remove any temptations before you go out.

Be affectionate

Most puppies crave attention, so give your dog plenty of love and TLC. If they’re used to cuddles and handling from an early age, they’re much more likely to be loving, patient and tolerant when they are older. This is particularly important if you have young children, or you are planning to have children in the future.

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Having a dog can have such a positive impact on your life. Show your pup plenty of love, but don’t be a soft touch. Let your dog know the boundaries, and arrange puppy classes and socialization sessions. You can then enjoy all the benefits of a loyal, loving furry friend, without any of the stress.