A dog can interpret many of our signals correctly, but we often unconsciously convey the wrong message to it and then wonder about the animal’s “strange” behavior. Or we misinterpret the animal’s behavior, which inevitably leads to further misunderstandings. The following communication rules should be strictly adhered to so that no incorrect information arises in the first place.
Especially for families, everyone has to behave the same way towards the dog right from the start. If one allows something that the other forbids, it confuses and unsettles the puppy unnecessarily. At first he no longer knows what to do and will therefore choose what he likes. Various rules also send the message that there is chaos in the pack and that the master and mistress do not have the family under control. This can later lead to ranking problems because the dog believes that it has to take over the executive role.
The dog’s sleeping place should be chosen from the outset so that the dog can be close to the family, but still has its peace and quiet. Everyone should accept this area and not disturb it there if possible. Puppies should not be awakened when they are sleeping. They need sleep for their development and rest. Sleep also gives them security and confidence.
Gentle, less dominant dogs will usually not take advantage of being allowed on the couch or in bed. But if you have a dominant dog, it is better to leave it where it belongs: on its blanket. Otherwise he’ll soon be dancing on your nose. By the way: Confident breeds like terriers or pinschers can become quite defiant if they enjoy too many privileges.
Praising properly is crucial. Enjoy the desired behavior in a high voice and immediately. Praise can be verbal, as a caress or with treats. On the other hand, ignore the dog’s misconduct. Don’t scold! For the dog, your negative attention is often praise enough. So try to ignore him when he’s doing something he’s not supposed to, such as jumping up or begging. Otherwise he feels confirmed and repeats the behavior. Just turn away when he jumps up on you. Sometimes, of course, wrongdoing cannot be ignored. For example, if your puppy is digging in the garden, throw something next to him from a distance that will frighten him, for example a tin filled with stones or something similarly loud. Effect: The puppy is distracted from its activity and connects the shock with its actions, but not with you. With a little luck, he’ll let it go in the future. Of course, the upbringing of the dog is also important, and it begins at puppy age: the owner must observe the golden rules of dog training not only in dog school, but also in everyday life so that humans and animals can enjoy living together for a long time.
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