Dogs are pack animals and many of their behaviors expose this truth. When you get a new puppy one of the initial and the most imperative things that you can do is to establish authority. You are the ?pack leader? and you must act accordingly.
Puppies will use a great amount of time trying to figure out where they fit into the pecking order. They generally do this by trying to prove their own domination. Some breeds are more dominant than others, for illustration, the terrier breeds. Some of the other breeds tend to be more submissive naturally.
As soon as your puppy comes home he needs to have his place in the chain of command established. He needs to see that he must be obedient to you and that you and the other human family members are the prevailing members of the pack. All of the humans inside the home must be higher than him in the pecking order. This is not a matter of reprimand but rather the way it must be in order for him to be content and to become a reliable doggy citizen.
In order to establish the dominance you must understand a few easy rules. If not your puppy will be receiving mixed signals and it will be more challenging for you to train him and he will be bewildered as to what you really want.
One of the essential rules you must follow is that the leader always eats first. Do not let you puppy have a meal before you eat. If you and your family are setting up to eat at about the same time you want to give food to your puppy, you should make the puppy wait. If not you can make plans for your puppy to eat at a whole separate time as you. At the beginning it may be advantageous for your training to make the puppy come to you and wait for his food until you are ready to give it to him. You may want to train him to sit before you put the bowl of foodstuff down.
Grooming your puppy can send powerful signals about who is in charge. At the beginning your puppy may whine and cry when you touch him for basic grooming but you must ignore him and insist on finishing. At all times follow through on what you start because puppies learn very rapidly if you really mean something or not.
Most puppies will nip and bite at things when they are very young. You must finish this behavior at once and let your puppy know that it is not satisfactory with a clear-cut reaction of a ?No? and a tap if required. Keep in mind that you are the pack leader and the pack leader does not ever get nipped.
The most important thing with a puppy is to show him that you are the dominant leader of the pack so be cautious of games such as ?tug?o?war? where he could demonstrate some authority. You must praise his good behavior with words and treats and take no notice of his poor behavior as you start on obedience training. If you follow these simple tips you will have a well-behaved doggie citizen.
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