Bringing Up a Disciplined & Well Adjusted Dog

Did you know that the pet industry spending have constantly hit north every year since 1994, when the American Pet Products Association (APPA) first started collecting this data? In fact, the estimated pet industry spending in the United States for 2017 is expected to reach $69.36 billion, as per data released by the APPA. This data also reflects the fact that there are 60.2 million US households that currently own dogs.

America’s love for “man’s best friend” is well-known. What most dog lovers don’t pay attention to in their quest to give the best to their four-legged friend is their own role in ensuring that they are bringing up a well-adjusted and disciplined dog. Investing time in this early stage of a dog’s life can help you do just that.

The Pet Owner’s Role in Bringing up a Puppy

  • Appreciate the difference — While the world might put an adult dog to some fantastic uses, such as relief and rescue missions, acting as a guide dog for people with special needs, sniffing out drugs at airports or even helping law enforcement catch those bad guys, it is important to understand that a small puppy is not ready yet to take on the burden of its owners’ expectations.
  • Obedience comes with practice — Puppies need a lot more than love to keep them balanced, says Cesar Millan, the world’s leading dog behavior expert. Cesar’s fulfillment formula advocates that every puppy needs three important things (and in the following order):
  1. Exercise — Daily walks, preferably twice with a pack leader, i.e., the human leading the walk instead of the other way around.
  2. Discipline — Clearly communicated and consistently enforced rules, boundaries and limitations.
  3. Affection — Physical affection that can include praise, treats and play time.
  • Curiosity can take them places — Puppies are super curious by nature and your own little four-legged baby is no different. At the slightest available opportunity, they will sneak out of your home into the unknown and might not be able to find their way back. They may be close to home but still unable to come back on their own. Experts at TheGPSStore say that purchasing a dog tracking devicecan help you find your lost puppy up to a few miles away, using a GPS-based tracking device.
  • Don’t forget vaccination — A thorough examination by a trained vet can help determine the current and future vaccination needsof your puppy. Remember to stick to the schedule that your vet has recommended for the vaccinations.
  • Give them a safe environment — It is important to puppy-proof your house and make sure that there are no dangerous objects that can harm your precious canine. Look for such things in all the areas of your home where your pup can gain access. If there are areas you don’t want them to venture into, it is important to start enforcing those rules early and consistently.
  • Give them a safe environment — It is important to puppy-proof your house and make sure that there are no dangerous objects that can harm your precious canine. Look for such things in all the areas of your home where your pup can gain access. If there are areas you don’t want them to venture into, it is important to start enforcing those rules early and consistently.
  • Teething stage — The habit of chewing things, if not controlled at an early stage, can make your dog an aggressive animal. The teething stage is the best time in your dog’s life when it can be taught to control the urge to bite just about anything. Soft chew toys act as a good distraction and can help channelize a dog’s energy. Nipping is a normal behavior, common to puppies, and with some discipline, you can end up training them to bite the right objects instead of having a free run inside your home and damaging things like your chairs, couches and shoes.
  • Look to adopt — A puppy should never be on your shopping list. Puppy mills, which are breeding facilities, are driven by commercial reasons and breed dogs in an unhealthy manner. Instead,consider adopting a homeless puppy and gift your family their future best friend.

With practice and patience, you can inculcate good discipline in your puppy 1 and help it transform into a disciplined adult dog that you, your family and friends are proud of. Take the aforementioned tips as a starting point to nurture a puppy into a responsible and loving adult dog.

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