Adding a new pup to the family can be a wonderful thing. The energy of a puppy is unlike any other, the sheer joy and happiness with which they approach the world is unmatched. Yet raising a dog can be difficult without the right knowledge, skills, and tools. When you are out at work a young puppy is separated from its pack. It often will respond the way any young animal would when isolated– with fear and anxiety. While pet music can do so much, it is not a cure-all. However, with just a few tips new dog owners can overcome the challenges new puppies bring, allowing families to enjoy their new additions.
As the owner, it is up to you to be patient and stay calm whether your puppy is chewing on your brand new shoes or tearing through the third screen this week. They can sense tension instinctively through body language, take some deep breaths and relax.
2. Positive Reinforcement
By using carrots instead of sticks, you are teaching your puppy to respect you and your authority through love rather than fear. Give praise and treats when your puppy does well, ignore it and take the treats away when it does wrong. By doing so, you are establishing a lifelong positive relationship with your dog based on love and trust.
Whether it is a dog park or the neighbor’s house, get your dog out to meet other dogs. While most puppies would be content to live their whole life among their master and family, they have to know what it is to be a dog. And they can only learn what it is to be a dog by being around dogs.
4. Anxiety Prevention
Play pet music for your dog when you are gone. Create a safe haven in its kennel. Lay a shirt with your scent on its bed. These things will keep your puppy calm when you are away.
5. Be Consistent
When you use commands, make sure to use the same ones. Make sure your family and friends know your commands. By doing so you reinforce what is right to the dog rather than confusing it.
With just a few tips and reminders you and your puppy will be on your way to a healthy and supportive relationship.