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Dog Socialisation

Mon, 01/11/2010 - 10:42am

Socialisation: Have your dog experience everything you ever want it to feel comfortable around during your first few months together.

1.  People of all types and especially children
2. Other dogs and cats

3. Different environments (other people’s houses, kennels, etc.)

4. Cars: Don't make the mistake of only putting your dog in the car to take him to the vet. Drive him to the park or take him with you to the store. However, remember not to leave your dog in the car in hot weather! Heat stroke can set in faster than you think and can cause brain damage. Always provide the dog with water and leave the windows open a crack, even in cold weather. If the temperature is above 60 degrees, park in the shade. If it is above 80 degrees, leave the car on with the air conditioner running.

Obedience training: Obedience training greatly improves your relationship with your dog and is essential in providing the dog with the structured environment dogs crave. A class using positive training methods (without harsh corrections) is recommended for the best results and the best overall relationship.   The small amount of time and money spent on a dog obedience class really goes a long way towards maintaining manners.  See these guidelines for selecting a dog trainer.

Leadership: Remember that dogs are pack animals, not people. They demand leadership. If you do not provide it, the dog will assume the head-of-the-household position.  Moreover, if you do not provide your dog with constructive ways to utilize his intelligence, he may get himself into trouble out of sheer boredom. 

Watchdogs: Many people make the mistake of thinking that they have to teach their dog to be "mean" in order for it to become a good watchdog. Almost all breeds will naturally defend their territory without any training at all. Remember that the strongest reason for a dog to defend you is his bond to you -- if you teach him yourself to be mean, (by "pretending" to be a robber) the dog will not understand and that bond will be missing and he probably won’t want to defend you! (Not to mention the liability you face if he attacks the wrong person.) If the only reason you desire a dog is for watchdog purposes, see a professional watchdog trainer -- you’ll be impressed at how complicated and well-thought-out the training actually is. Remember also that even the best watch dog will only guard the territory he considers his own. If you have an "outdoor only" dog, don't expect him to bark if someone enters your house; he's only going to bark if someone comes near his house or his food bowl.



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