10 basic commandments For A Pet Parent

 

Understanding your dog and knowing how to control him, develop his potentials, and resolve behavior problems, emotional conflicts and frustrations are no less important than love and respect – Micheal W Fox. Training a dog for basic obedience is one way of making sure that your dog does not develop unwanted behaviors along the way. Physical force should never be used in dog training as it may turn a normally mild-mannered pooch in to a fearful or skittish dog who can become aggressive as well. Use positive reinforce-rs such as praise, toys or treats to train your dog in a manner that creates trust and a positive bond between you and your canine.

Some of the common puppy behavior problems are:

1. Barking

Most dogs bark, howl and whine to some degree. Excessive barking is considered a behavior problem. Before you can correct barking, determine why your dog is vocalizing in the first place. Also teaching your dog to be “quiet” can be very useful at such times

2. Chewing

Chewing is a natural action for all dogs. However, chewing can quickly become a behavior problem if your dog causes destruction. When you are not home, keep your dog crated or confined to an area where he is safe and busy with the chew toys that you have left behind. Another important thing to do is to make sure that he gets plenty of exercise before you head out.

3. Separation anxiety

Separation anxiety is one of the most commonly discussed dog behavior problems. Manifestations include vocalization, chewing, inappropriate urination and defecation, and other forms of destruction that occur when a dog is separated from his owner. True separation anxiety requires dedicated training, behavior modification and desensitization exercises. Medication may be recommended in extreme cases, but this should be a last resort.

4. Inappropriate Elimination

Inappropriate urination and defecation are among the most frustrating dog behaviours. They can damage areas of your home and make your dog unwelcome in public places or at the homes of others. It is most important that you discuss this behavior with your veterinarian first to rule out health problems. Inappropriate elimination is unavoidable in puppies, especially before 12 weeks of age. Older dogs are another story – many require serious behavior modification to rid them of the habit.

5. Begging

Begging is a bad habit, but many dog owners unfortunately encourage it. This can lead to digestive problems and obesity. Dogs beg because they love food – but table scraps are not treats, and food is not love! Yes, it is hard to resist that longing look, but giving in “just this once” creates a problem in the long run. In a pack setting, a subordinate would never beg from alpha dogs without reprimand. When you teach your dog that begging is permitted, you jeopardize your role as pack leader. Before you sit down to eat, tell your dog to stay, preferably where he will not be able to stare at you. If necessary, confine him to another room. If he behaves, give him a special treat only after you and your family are completely finished eating.

6. Chasing

A dog’s desire to chase moving things is simply a display of predatory instinct. Many dogs will chase other animals, people and cars. All of these can lead to dangerous and devastating outcomes! While you may not be able to stop your dog from trying to chase, you can take steps to prevent disaster. Your best chance at success is to keep the chase from getting out of control. Dedicated training over the course of your dog’s life by teaching him to come while being called is the best solution.

7. Jumping Up

Puppies jump up to reach and greet their mothers. Later, they may jump up when greeting people. Dogs may also jump up to exert dominance. A jumping dog can be annoying and even dangerous. There are many methods to stop a dog’s jumping, but not all will be successful. Lifting a knee, grabbing the paws, or pushing the dog away might work for some, but for most dogs this sends the wrong message. Jumping up is often attention-seeking behavior, so any acknowledgment of your dog’s actions provide a reward! The best method: simply turn away and ignore your dog. Do not make eye contact, speak, or touch your dog. Go about your business. When he relaxes and remains still, calmly reward him. It won’t take long before your dog gets the message.

8. Aggression

Dog aggression is exhibited by growling, snarling, showing teeth, lunging and biting. It is important to know that any dog has the potential to become aggressive, regardless of breed or history. However, dogs with

violent or abusive histories and those bred from dogs with aggressive tendencies are much more likely to exhibit aggressive behavior towards people or other dogs.  Canine aggression is a serious problem. If your dog has aggressive tendencies, consult your vet first – it may stem from a health problem. Then, seek the help of an experienced dog trainer. Serious measures should be taken to keep others safe from aggressive dogs!

9. Fears and phobias

Dogs can harbor fears and phobias just like we do, though often to a greater extent. Common phobias often include vacuum cleaners, dryers, thunder storms, fire crackers etc.As a puppy is growing up he will naturally come across a wide range of new and potentially frightening, even terrifying, situations. But with the reassuring presence of his mother, brother, sisters, and eventually his owner, the young dog can get used to dealing with them. Any dog’s future depends on his early experiences and training, as does his capacity to assess situations more or less likely to cause fear or distress

10. Basic Obedience Commands

Some basic commands which every puppy must know are Heel ( walk without pulling), sit, down, stay, hold/leave, speak/quiet, a game of fetch and paw shake.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNaHDIGENSA

This is all you need to do to have a puppy turn in to a well behaved obedient dog a source of pride and joy for you. With positive training methods you and your dog will bond better. One must remember that for a dog to be happy he just does not need to be loved and looked after but also needs to respect his alpha which is you as a pet parent to know his place or role in your pack structure ( family).

48 thoughts on “10 basic commandments For A Pet Parent

  1. My Mom is a good dog trainer. I remember when we have a dog (Roger) who keeps on barking and its kind of annoying. Then Mom trained him to limit his barking by scolding him like a human adult! Hahaha I felt pity with Roger coz you could see in his face that he looks sorry… from then on, he minimize barking and became very attached to my Mom.

  2. It’s incredibly difficult owning a pet, it requires time and dedication. I have a dog but although I love the little thing, training is actually hard work, even if it’s fun 🙂

  3. This is such an important post for all puppy parents. Recognizing these signs is essential because they often indicate puppy is not happy about something. I have a cat myself and cats are similar, they let you know how they feel by acting in certain ways. Nice Post!

  4. It’s nice that when you have a puppy you can teach / guide him or her in all these things. It’s very important I agree with you. Sometimes with older dogs, you notice they didn’t learn one of these things. Later on is harder to learn.

  5. So funny – we had to re-learn some of these when we adopted puppies a few years ago. Up until that point we had adopted older dogs, with one exception (12 years earlier another puppy). It’s like riding a bicycle – really the training is for the humans, and once we get our own internal self-practice down the dogs will follow! Great post!

  6. Excellent tips! I see too many people who have never trained their dogs, and have no clue how to handle any of the issues they’ve created. Sadly many either lead frustrating and unhappy lives, or get dumped. I hope they take your advice seriously.

    • Thank you, i only know too well how most pet parents will complain away but will not take the time and effort where training is concerned. Fortunately that is changing now

  7. I am horrible when it comes to our Lyla’s begging! I have such a hard time not giving in but I know how horrible human food is for her with so much salt and fats. Since I KNOW I can’t resist her pretty puppy eyes my resolution for this was to get a small bowl of frozen carrots and a few frozen peas, her favorite treats, and feed them to her a little at a time while we eat our dinner. I know she still smells our food and wants it, but at least it helps mama’s guilt of eating in front of her while she begs. Not the best way I know but I failed to teach her early in her life and am paying for it now. At least this way Lyla’s health is not paying for it.

  8. All good points that let owners know the difference between what is “normal” behaviour and what is unacceptable or a behaviour that needs medical attention.

  9. My dog arrived (from his third home) with a lot of behavour issues, most stemming from a lack of exercise. (Boy, have we fixed that. I actually had to join a gym to keep up). Begging wasn’t one of them. Then I stupidly fixed that too by rewarding his ‘oh so cute’ face. Dumb, I know. But the plus side is most of the really bad stuff as stopped.

    • Wow you really put in a lot of work with him. As long as most of the bad behaviors that bothered you has been dealt with – you are sorted 🙂

  10. A good summary of problem puppy behaviours and so important to deal with them in a positive way early on. We have found it much harder later with our little rescue dog Kilo and we still work on these every day.

  11. Puppy training is so critical and learning to recognize the difference between appropriate behaviors like barking, which is a form of communication for dogs, and inappropriate behaviors like excessive barking or, what I like to call “unnecessary” barking is really important. No puppies in the house right now, only older dogs but the training never really ends 😉

    • Yes teach her to “speak” and go “quiet” on command make sure the commands are not said in a loud pitch cause that will only cause the dog to think that my mom also wants to bark and has joined in the fun

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