Raising a socially healthy Puppy

The first days after adopting your adorable puppy are full of joy and play. Soon after, your house becomes messy and starts smelling terrible. In this case, most owners would start looking for training “hacks”, to quickly potty train your dog or even sometimes how to make him stop barking or howling, however, these methods can have a negative impact on your pups behavior.

In this article we tried to tackle an important issue, especially for first time owners, how to set the right space for your puppy and develop a healthy relationship with him?

Environment:

The ‘social senses’ of your puppy start developing the most between 4 and 10 weeks. He analyses every stimuli. He begins feeling afraid from certain animals and objects, this makes him more careful in his approach. his next social encounters will become more and more difficult, as he chose to “flight” more often. As a result, this fear dominating over his curiosity and sense of exploration in response to other species limits his interactions with the outside world.

This reaction of fear reaches its maximum at three months. The experiences of raising a puppy in the absence of other dogs for more than 16 weeks lead to the identification of the human species. If we introduce other animals to his environment, he will not interact with them in a natural manner.The puppy will interact with restraint or aggression but never by playing or socializing with them.

In his first months, your puppy’s environment plays a big role, he learns how to identify his identity, friendly species and ways of interaction.

His first environment is his mother, your puppy will likely copy her reactions, a mother showing fear and emotions in response to a new stimuli, her puppy’s will most likely be shy and have little exploratory behavior.

A rich and diversified environment during the first months is essential for an optimal development of your dog’s character.

Human interactions:

Playing with your puppy can reduce his anxiety towards humans, it also makes him more active and lets him explore more freely especially indoors. So as an owner, you must develop your communication with him.

Both the owner and the puppy need to adapt to each others languages in order to communicate properly, the influence of your behavior can be very powerful, either by positive encouragement, by treats or even by the pitch of your voice.

Communication:

An important aspect of owner-puppy relation is the elimination of misunderstandings : orders must be clear and exact. Sometimes the intents of the owner are misunderstood, wich sometime can explain unexpected behaviors ( ex: refusing to eat when the owner is standing next to the food).

dogs don’t understand direct verbal cues, in fact, they rely heavily on the way you say them, this is known as meta-communication, which includes vocal and postural signals, your puppy may understand you only if both signal confirming the same order.

On the other hand, the pet’s interpretation by his owner can lead to many confusions, which further increase the gap between the two.

Finally, the most important thing is that your requests must be understood and feasible by your puppy, you can not ask your dog to stay if you did not teach him how to do that. Always use the same words for the same order or situation.

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