The most essential thing to concentrate on as soon as your puppy is home is your relationship. Petting your puppy while they are on their back is an excellent way to start. Not only does it build your dog’s trust, it’s and additional way to train your puppy about dominance and submission. Do not do this for too long though, as your dog may possibly mistake it for a confrontation.
Other things you could work on to develop an excellent relationship with your new puppy include; compliance, familiarization, and establishing a routine.
You need your puppy’s compliance
You do not need to be forceful or confrontational to instruct your puppy to be compliant. A poor example and something you need to avoid doing is placing your puppy on their back while holding the scruff area. This is a widespread recommendation made to new dog owners, but it is entirely unnecessary and unhelpful. Even though many people think doing this will make you the alpha dog, it frequently leads to aggression in dogs.
The ideal way to teach your dog compliance is simply by being the leader. Walking through doorways first and making you dog sit prior to feeding are good examples. Remember to reward and praise good behavior.
Familiarize your puppy with your home
Start off slow when showing your puppy around your home. Dog are inclined to get overly excited, specially when introduced to new people, family pets or surroundings. You need to avoid this type of behavior. If excitement is not dealt with appropriately, it could develop into anxiety or possibly aggression. Allow your puppy to enter one room at a time and only move on to the following area if you believe they feel comfortable doing this. Also, make sure to use words like “settle down” to keep your pup calm. One more thing that will help your dog become familiar with your home is pointing out every room’s purpose. For instance, you can teach your puppy that the deck is for playtime by enjoying a game of fetch in that area, while never ever doing this in the lounge or bedrooms. Show your pleasure or displeasure based on the appropriateness of your dog’s behavior. Naturally, repetition is going to be required till your puppy gets the idea. Always remember to reward the good and never resort to harshness when they do not get it first time around. Just a little treat will go a long way, while overreaction requires a very long time to reverse.
Establish a routine for your puppy
Creating a routine for your puppy is an important part of developing a relationship because it encourages good behavior. Puppies that do not have a regular routine will usually believe that they may wander freely, do whatever they like, and demand things like food whenever they want to. You need not be really strict, as your puppy dog is not going to continually be hungry or feel like going potty at the same time, but being consistent will help make house training and training much easier.
It is a truism that the dog is largely what his master makes of him: he can be savage and dangerous, untrustworthy, cringing and fearful; or he can be faithful and loyal, courageous and the best of companions and allies. – Sir Ranulph Fiennes