Teaching Your Puppy To Be A Dependable Dog Today

>> 6/17/09

Puppies and dogs are natural pack animals and most of their actions reflects that fact. The most crucial thing to do when you get a new puppy is to confirm your control. You are the "pack leader" and you must always make sure that your puppy knows that.

Puppies will use up a major amount of time trying to figure out where they fit into the pecking order. They usually do this by trying to create their own authority. Some breeds are more dominant than others, for instance, the terrier breeds. Some of the other breeds tend to be more obedient naturally.

As soon as your puppy comes home he needs to have his place in the hierarchy recognized. He needs to know that he must be obedient to you and that you and the other human family members are the principal 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 punishment but rather the way it must be in order for him to be contented and to become a responsible doggy citizen.

There are a few straightforward rules that you must follow to establish this authority. If not your puppy will be receiving mixed signals and it will make training much more tough as he will be mystified as to what you really want and who the domineering member is.

The leader of the pack always eats first. Never let your puppy eat before you eat or at least don't ever let him see you eat after he does. Make him wait until after you and your family eat if you were planning on eating about the same time or just eat at completely different times. At first you may want to call your puppy to the food and make him wait for you to put it down. You can teach him to sit and then put the bowl down.

Day by day grooming of your puppy sends him solid signals about who is governing. Your puppy may howl or even act like you have hurt him at the beginning when you handle him for essential grooming. You must just pay no attention to him and follow through with what you are doing. Always follow through with whatever you begin with a puppy because they quickly learn when if you really mean something or not and if you are not following through your training will be arduous.

Most puppies will nip and bite at things when they are very young. You must stop this behavior right away and let your puppy know that it is not suitable with a distinct reaction of a "No" and a tap if needed. Bear in mind that you are the pack leader and the pack leader does not ever get nipped.

The most crucial thing with a puppy is to show him that you are the dominant leader of the pack so be prudent of games such as "tug'o'war' where he could demonstrate some dominance. 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 resident.

Teaching Your Puppy To Be A Dependable Dog Today by Leon Spencer

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