How to create your perfect pooch
So you want a Dog, or perhaps you already have a Dog. Unfortunately you may not have bargained for some of the rather undesirable habits Fido fosters, not all Dogs have such habits, but - without decent training, time and a whole lot of effort problems commonly crop up. Today we will be looking at what you as the owner can do to ensure you mould pooch into the perfect pet.
House training: perhaps the single most important thing to instill in Pooch from day one, the important thing to remember with this is NOT to chastise pooch when he has an accident (especially when you haven't caught him in the act) but to be lavish with the praise when he does his doo-doos outside. When he has the hang of this...that's when you can reprimand him for the odd indoor spillage (but ONLY if you have caught him!)
Chewing: Nearly all Dogs chew at some point, in older Dogs it can signify stress, or boredom. But for the puppies out there it is important to set some ground rules from day one. Firstly DO NOT give pooch an old rag, shoe or slipper to chew on - then be cross to come home and find the entire contents of the shoe cupboard has been demolished. Instead leave out a range of 'Doggy' toys which he will soon realise are his through scent and familiarity.
Obedience: yep we are about to harp back to the subject of spaying and neutering, this seriously calms pooch down making him more likely to be attentive to your commands and significantly less likely to display aggression, to roam and to spray in your home!
Obedience training: this is so very beneficial to Dogs, they are after all pack animals and thrive off taking commands, you needn't join to a special group to achieve this, just be sure to keep commands fresh, but ensure they challenge pooch at the appropriate level. Dogs need a commanding master, without one they will simply run wild.
...You have been warned!
Source: Catherine Lawson
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