Behind every well-behaved dog is an owner who knows how to raise his pet properly. Like a parent to his child, a good owner “breeds” good pet, essentially as a reflection of himself or his values. It may sound bizarre, but like us, the formative years of a dog’s personality is developed and fostered during his days as a pup.
However, like any responsible parent, to become an effective “parent” to your puppy is to know how to properly raise it in a manner it would understand.
1. Teach it how to get along with others
Dogs may be selfish creatures. But even for an animal which mostly acts by instinct, a puppy understands the meaning of companionship early in its life.
Unwittingly, for puppies with siblings, this is apparent in how they establish interaction—such as cuddling and playing—despite their still-developing minds.
While it is important that puppies learn how to develop a bond with their fellow kind, it is also as important that they learn how to form a relationship with their supposed two-legged friends—typically, the owners.
Yet, all of these is something which a more sentient being such as a puppy-parent like yourself could nurture and amend as needed.
2. Teach your pet a thing or two about “morals”
Dogs are such an honest critter; they will not hesitate in showing their frustration should a disappointing circumstance arise. Although this kind of gesture does not become pronounced until the pup has reached certain maturity, it does not mean that the pup is closed-minded involving teachings which concern discipline.
However, to do so, the puppy must have a clear-cut guideline as to what is proper and what is not, so it would know which act to avoid and which to embrace. Only then does your pet develop a sense of “morals” when it knew what bad is from the good.
3. Teach it not to chew on everything
Dogs are natural biters and chewers. Unbeknown to us, it is a dog’s way of learning anything about his environment. Therefore, for a puppy who has yet to learn much in life, to chew on literally almost everything is but an inevitable part of a growing pooch.
Although this natural instinct has its ups, especially as part of a natural growth of a canine, it too, has its downs. Particularly, the downsides are highlighted when set at the context of indoors. It might spell trouble on your prized items at home when the puppy starts gnawing on them.
While it’s fun to see a pet doing its part in its learning process, to cost you some things for it, is not. As such, teaching your pet which items are meant for chewing and which are not is an essential part of disciplining a puppy.
4. Teach your pet about genuine love
Not all pet owners are the same. Some are strict while some are lenient. Regardless of where you are coming from, love should always be at the core of your method.
If you are the former, this means treating your pet with utmost affection and respect and not resorting to violence as a means of discipline. On the other hand, being lenient on your pet’s behavior should not mean too excessive to a point of negligence.
Like people, cruelty does not always bode well in a domesticated animal. Among dogs, specifically, a vicious kind of treatment foster mistrust which subsequently results to defensive behaviors such as aloofness and having the tendency to bite.
To the contrary, a dog that is well-treated—especially loved—responds more positively to its owner and to people in general.
To iterate, all of these is learned as early as the puppy days of a dog.