How To Parent A Dog? Pets are often like children. They need love on one side but a firm hand on the other. Without the twain, they can grow up difficult to control and understand. Enter, dog parenting, a cool idea that teaches you how to teach your dog to be well-behaved.
- The dog should know one important difference: that it is the pet and you are the boss. If the roles are reversed, things are not going to look up when it comes to your dog’s obedience quotient.
- There is nothing stopping you from giving free reign to your dog indoors. For example, an especially clean dog can sleep in the same bed as you. However, most dog-owners prefer relegating a bed or spot just for the dog. When it is bedtime, take the dog to its bed and leave it there. Share ‘good boy’ or ‘good girl’ assurances to instil the message.
- The next home-spot you need to introduce your pet to is the bathroom. This is in case your dog wants to do its thing but walk time is yet to come or long over. It can go in the bathroom, a place where you can readily clean up as compared to a living room carpet or under the bed.
- If it goes in the wrong place, use a firm tone and let the dog see you point to its poop or urine as you mildly scold him or her for going there. Then show the dog to where you want it to go in the bathroom and use a good tone then. Repeat this method and before long, your pet will get the message.
- Food is essential for pets, you cannot give them just about anything. If you want to be a good ‘parent’ and also want to have non-smelly dog ‘leftovers’, get them high-quality organic dog food. The food we eat or order out is not apt for dogs; it can lead to indigestion or worse.
- Exercise is important, cannot say no to it where dog parenting is concerned. The backyard will do and so will nearby dog-walking locations. Let them walk around, play with their toys, or simply soak in the sun. Dogs need all this. If they roll on the ground, let them, it is an ancient wolf-sourced trait where a dog uses dirt to get rid of fleas. You cannot really hope to say no to a de-stressing act (for dogs) like rolling on the ground; even if your pet lacks fleas.
- Use firm tones to let your canine know when it is not okay to keep barking their heads off. Most often, your tone alone will not work and you will need to lock your pet alone in a room until it learns that you are displeased with its barking; but you need to try gentler steps first.
- Bathe your dogs regularly; twice a week at most. This helps keep infections at bay and the fleas that come with it.
- Your pets should always wear collars lest they be mistaken for strays; plus, it makes finding them easy in case they get lost in, say, the park.
- Sit, come, and stay are the three commonest lessons for a dog to learn before you can introduce them to tricks.
- Specialized dog leashes for your pets’ car travel needs are available. Get them and make sure they behave when inside the car. Tones and eye-contact again but not while driving, mind you.
- Refrain from buying over-priced luxury dog products, especially if you feel or later observe that your dog does not like them.
- Let them socialize with other dogs, especially during walks. Otherwise, your pet can get quite anti-social or panicky in the presence of other canines.
The word ‘NO’ is absolutely important. It should be firmly spoken only when needed and with you making eye contact with the pet. Use it too often and the word loses its meaning. Say it gently and in a sing-song manner, and the dog will think you are playing with it.
Unlike actual children, dogs need to be praised only when it is appropriate not every hour of every day. They will learn to associate right from wrong and be a better-behaved pet, thanks to your dog-parenting prowess.
Do not spoil your dogs rotten, that only makes YOU a rotten parent to your dog.