Building a strong and affectionate relationship with a new puppy is the first step to become a successful pet parent. Start focusing on inculcating a sense of trust in your puppy from the day one. A strong and positive relationship plays an important role in training your dog and makes him a perfect companion.
The most essential thing to focus on as soon as you bring home a puppy is your relationship. Petting on the back of your puppy is an excellent way to start building a relationship with a new puppy on a good note. It not only helps build your dog’s trust and increases his level of comfort with you, but also helps train your puppy about dominance and submission. However, avoid doing this for too long, as your dog may possibly mistake it for a confrontation.
Other things you should work on to develop an excellent relationship with your new puppy include compliance, familiarization, and establishing a routine.
Compliance Key to A Good Relationship With Your New Puppy
You do not need to be forceful or confrontational to instruct your puppy to be compliant. A poor example is placing your puppy on their back while holding the scruff area. First-time owners misinformed and unaware of canine traits often resort to such mistakes.
This is something you should avoid doing. Such an action is unnecessary and unhelpful. Even though many people think doing this will make them the alpha dog, it frequently leads to aggression in their 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 of your dog.
Familiarization Sets the Tone for Positive Relationship With Your New Puppy
Start slow when showing your puppy around your house. Dog are inclined to get overly excited, especially when introduced to new people, family pets, or new 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.
Make sure to use words like “settle down” to keep your pup calm. Another important thing that will help your dog become familiar with your home is to let him know the purpose behind every room. For instance, you can teach your puppy that the deck is for playtime by enjoying a game of fetch with him in that area, while never ever doing this in the lounge or bedrooms. Show your pleasure or disapproval based on the appropriateness of your dog’s behavior. Naturally, you need to repeat these things multiple times until your puppy gets the idea.
Always remember to reward the good behavior and never resort to harshness when they do not get it for the first time. 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 is central to your relationship with a new puppy. It reduces the chance of anxiety, creates better bonding and understanding between each other, and helps in training and good behavior of your pet.
Puppies that do not have a regular routine usually believe that they are free to wander, do whatever they like, and demand things like food whenever they want to. You need not be strict, as your puppy dog is not going to continually be hungry or feel like going potty at the same time. However, being consistent will help make house and obedience training much easier.