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Puppy Training: Raising Your Puppy The Right Way

Jul 5, 2008
Previously we all talked about what it takes to raise a puppy. This is probably the most difficult task at hand because there are a lot of new dog owners that have never raised a dog before and don't know what it actually means to him. More specifically a lot of people get dogs not to raise them but to have something that's cute around the house for their kids. They don't think about the future after the dog isn't cute and cuddly anymore. When the dog is young their minds are easily molded and the same can be said about babies. He is more easily persuaded to accept these rules as law and to know that there will be consequences when he breaks them. Inevitably there will be a time when it can't be helped and he will break the rules. It isn't a time to get angry or even go so far as to hit him but you need to take a firm voice and scold him about what he did. Growing up I've seen people actually take the dog's nose and rub it into whatever mess he made. All that does is just scare him and mentally damage him. What a better approach would be is to take him near what he did and scold him about it. You don't need to yell but the tone and sharpness of your voice will be enough to get the point across that he did something bad. With that in mind we want to prevent these mishaps from occurring and the best method that comes to mind is to take him for daily scheduled walks.

The walk is the most important aspect to a dog's growth and learning as anything can be. It is a time when he develops social habits as well as personality. He is introduced to other dogs as well as other people which help his mind and body develop and grow. This is an aspect of his development that you can't bypass and you shouldn't ignore because if you were to ignore this, later on in his life it will come back to haunt you. What I mean by this is that the walk is a way to show and teach your puppy how to act and how you want him to act. It is a great way to develop roles for you and your puppy.

To go a little bit deeper into roles, what I mean by that word is simple. Your role with regard to this new puppy is to be his leader and mentor. You need to be his father or mother and you need to teach him about what's right and what's wrong the same way you would teach your children. His role with regards to you is to be your child and your follower. Whatever you say goes and his role is to know and learn that. For him it's pretty simple but for you it definitely isn't.
Next time we are going to take a walk.
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This author lives in Flemington, NJ with her husband and 5 month old daughter and is an expert contributing author for a luxury dog feeders boutique offering variety of dog beds and personalized dog beds.
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