Introduction to Dog Training
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For an introduction to dog training this article is going to focus on the basics of dog care. The very first thing to grasp with regard to training a pup is this; be firm, gentle and kind. Your little pet wants to be close to you and wants to be friends with you. Never be mean and never hurt your dog. Speak in a friendly manner and do not lose patience or scream at an animal who is doing its best to comply. Take advantage of the fact that a pup develops a closer and stronger relationship with his master during weeks 7 – 12 than at any other time in his life.
This is known as bonding. It cannot be stressed enough that this time in your dog’s life is the most formidable period for his foundation in training to take place. It might surprise you to learn that pups who have lived only in their litter for 16 weeks, with no people around them, cannot even be trained (or not very easily at that).
The ideal time for lessons to begin is when your pup is eight weeks old. You will have had him home for about a week and he will be familiar with the sights, sounds, and smells of your household. In short, he will feel somewhat at home and will be eager to participate in all that is going on around him. That is when basic training must begin.
Before we discuss even the elementary aspects of training though, let’s just touch on that first week. The first week is the week you bring your pet home. Your pup should not have full run of the house and should probably be introduced to the kitchen. Newspapers can be spread on the floor and a water dish set out. Smells from the stove will be friendly odors for your dog and he will soon feel at home in what is the center of most households. Having just left the litter, it is best if he has people around and should not be alone for long periods of time.
A bed should be placed in the corner so your pup can feel secure and not have to look all around and behind when he lays down. Pick a corner of the kitchen that is warm and free of drafts. When your new family member falls asleep, do not wake him in order to play. Please let him wake up on his own and re-familiarize himself with his surroundings.
When feeding your little friend, use ceramic or stainless steel dishes. Avoid plastic at all costs. Check with your veterinarian as to the proper feeding routine for your pet. There is some difference of opinion on puppy formulas, protein content, and fat content. Don’t try to eliminate all fat from your dog’s diet though, because they thrive on fat. It is necessary for energy, shiny coats, and good taste.
Extreme amounts however could lead to obesity. Dog food companies now categorize their food blends to target puppies, small breeds, large breeds, and senior dogs. Choose your blend accordingly and follow feeding guidelines. Oh and remember, never give your dog chocolate. It contains theobromine, a toxic substance for dogs. This article has gone on a little long so it will end here. Take care and talk to you soon.