Wednesday, November 16, 2011

PET PARENTING - How to convert a Naughty Puppy into a Good Dog



How to train your Naughty Puppy and make it a Good Dog

1. Do not punish your puppy. Punishment teaches a dog only one thing – how to avoid punishment. So, instead of beating or scolding your puppy, teach the puppy what to do, what is the appropriate behaviour you expect of your pet, and reward the puppy when it listens to you both by treats and caressing it lovingly saying “good dog”.

2. Do not have unrealistic expectations of your puppy – after all he is a dog. Have reasonable standards and train your puppy lovingly and patiently. Remember there are breed to breed differences in intelligence and adaptability to training and obedience too.

3. Do not leave your puppy alone, especially when he is small. Never tie up a small puppy or lock him up in a crate. Remember that a small puppy loves human company and hates to be left alone. (Will you leave your human baby all alone in your house or lock the baby up in a cage…?).Raising a puppy properly takes time, love, patience and commitment. If you are very busy and do not have enough time to devote towards bringing up your dog then please don't get a puppy into your family. All members of your family must love dogs and be commited towards devoting time and love towards the dog and his upbringing and care.

4. Do not keep your pup indoors all the time and keep him completely isolated from the outside world. Take the puppy outdoors regularly for walks and play. Let your puppy interact with other humans and other dogs and animals, socialise, learn to play, get a bit rough and tough, fight it out, develop immunity and courageous spirit.

5. Communicate with your puppy - you must teach your puppy to communicate with you. Teach him your language and learn his dog "language" (verbal and non-verbal) and soon you will reach a stage where not only can you talk to your dog and make him understand what you are saying but even your dog can "talk" to you and you will understand what your dog is trying to tell you.

6. Be prepared to make "sacrifices" for your puppy like you make sacrifices for your human children - You will have to look after your puppy and allocate plenty of your time (at least two hours a day - in the morning and in the evening) and other resources for your puppy just like you do for your children. You will have to train your puppy, exercise and play with him, take him for walks at least twice a day, feed and groom your dog, and all this takes time and energy. 
You must be prepared to make adjustments in your work life and social life in order to ensure your dog's routine is not disturbed. You may have to cut down on your travel, "sacrifice" your vacations, so that your puppy is not left alone. Dog's love their Masters and alternate arrangements like Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers are no substitute for a Master's care and love. 
In small puppies and young dogs the prolonged absence of the Master resulting in a major change of routine can cause trauma and behavioural problems. 
So, before you get a puppy you must clearly decide who in your family is going to be the "master" and take responsibility to look after the dog. Some people get a dog as their children say that they want a dog and then they realize that no one has the time and energy to look after the dog. Remember, a dog is a full time responsibility. 

Follow these tips and spend maximum time with your puppy, talk to your dog regularly, train, play games and lovingly caress your puppy. 

The ideal time to get a puppy into your home is when he is three weeks old and you must totally focus on the development of your puppy till he is about six months old. 

Training your puppy and watching his antics as he grows up will be a rewarding and happy experience and you will transform your cute puppy into a good dog who will be a joy forever. 

Remember Good Dogs don’t just happen – you have to make them happen…!

(NB – If you have a female puppy, read “she” for “he”… By the way, I prefer female dogs – they are more loving, intelligent and loyal – like my darling Sherry who you can see in the picture with me…)

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A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 14 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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