Dogs top the list as the most owned pets in most United States households. According to studies, approximately 70% of homes in the U.S have one or more. Current evidence suggests that these fantastic pets positively impact your physical as well as mental health. They provide companionship, inspire you to stay active, promote social connectedness and even make you more attractive. Yes, that’s right. Studies suggest that people are more attracted to animal lovers (dog owners) than they would a person who doesn’t own a pet. Whether it’s your first time owning a puppy or you just added a new member to the family, getting them to become accustomed to the new environment and follow house rules can be overwhelming. Below are some ways you can encourage positive behavior in your new puppy.
1- Spend Time Together
Puppies love company and attention. Dog experts recommend spending time with your puppy as a way of establishing and maintaining a close bond. According to studies, lack of play might cause your dog to develop some behavioral issues, including aggression and whining. In some cases, you might notice that your puppy doesn’t respond when called. After a while of feeling ignored and inactive, it’s only normal that your puppy will look for a way to stay active and mischievous. Luckily, there are many things you can do to ensure that your furry friend feels loved. These include and are not limited to giving them treats, going for a walk at the park, playing water games, and taking them on playdates. Also, ensure you get them some toys to play with when you’re busy.
2- Get the Family Involved
Instilling good behavior in your puppy isn’t a one-person’s job, especially if you’re not the only person in your household. Just as the saying goes, practice makes perfect, and after a while of behavior training, your puppy will get it right. However, that will only happen if everyone is committed to reinforcing positive behavior. If you have small children, educate them on the dos and don’ts and how to practice the same commands when left alone with the puppy. Keep in mind that dog training doesn’t have to be cruel and rigorous. Instead, your puppy will learn better if training is fun, for example, if it’s part of playtime. Don’t forget to reward positive behavior.
3- Professional Puppy Training
Although you can still train your puppy, it won’t hurt to seek professional help for the best result. Aside from helping your furry friend to learn basic obedience, professional trainers might help them develop other vital skills. Professional puppy trainers have been dealing with different types of puppies for a long time and know how to address specific behaviors and achieve results faster than you would. Besides, they can easily notice and address potential behaviors you wouldn’t have seen on your own. That way, you can easily establish a straightforward way of communication with your puppy, which is crucial for keeping them and your home safe.