If you want to start your puppy or newly acquired dog on the right path, these are some of the things I recommend pet parents to do:
- Start working on training and behavior modification as soon as you get your dog
- Set rules and boundaries so your dog knows what is not acceptable
- Be consistent and give clear instructions
- Provide your dog with adequate physical and mental exercise
- Get the whole family involved in raising this puppy/dog
- Give structure to his every day life
One thing, I’ve realized after training a variety of dogs, many pet parents forget to do is expose their dogs to different environments, people, sounds, etc. Abby is sensitive to sound just like many other dogs therefore she goes everywhere I can take her.
Some pet parents have told me, “I don’t know why she doesn’t behave. She went through 2 obedience classes.” Well, the answer is simple, training was provided, but behavior modification was not. Training and behavior modification is a lifelong commitment and process, but take my word for it, the bond you develop with your dog and the enjoyment you’ll get from living with a balanced canine companion is priceless.