Building respect and trust in any canine, starts the moment you bring him into your home.
If you are committed to forming a respectful relationship with your canine companion, a lifelong bond forms. Whether he’s a young puppy, an adolescent or an ageing canine, a partnership of mutual respect and understanding and trust formulates.
Don’t wait and watch your furry friend, engage with him, become pro-active in everything he does. Take the leadership role, become his pack leader by giving him direction, rewarding him for good behaviour and correcting him when he makes mistakes [a correction could be an assertive voice tone ‘uh’ or ‘no’], if he is on lead, a short sharp tug on the lead across your body. No rolled up newspapers, smacking or hitting. By using these negative methods, your dog will become fearful of you, he won't trust you.
Don’t allow your puppy or mature dog to ignore your direction/command. One command from you, your dog must follow your direction on the first command, don’t nag.
Your training and your walks will become challenging, if you permit him to assert himself in the role of leader role.
This is where the majority of canine/human relationships fail.
DON’T ALLOW IT TO HAPPEN TO YOU!
Daily training sessions should be fun, reward every small step forward. High value treats work as positive feedback for any canine. These short training sessions, build trust and respect. Children should be supervised when completing a training session.
If you give 100% he will return 100%, don’t be slack and be thinking about work or family, concentrate on your furry friend and the goals you are seeking to achieve.
Consistency is the key.
Puppies are like sponges, be consistent with every interaction.
Introduce a hand signal along with a word for behaviours you like.
• when he is NOT barking
• when he is NOT nipping the kids [ don’t wait until he is pestering them]
• when he is NOT chewing on your laces.
• when he is NOT jumping up.
• when he is NOT seeking your attention when he is ‘being the canine’ that you want. Young puppies ' get this' training!
Reward good behaviour always, negative behaviours disappear.
Family members must adopt the same respect, after all, he is a member of your family!
Include your puppy in everything your daily routine allows. If it’s possible to take him with you, do so as this is great for socializing skills.
Have a game with your puppy with one of his toys. Name the toy. Have him find the toy [as you place it under a cushion]. This is great stimulation for any age dog. Play establishes you or whoever is having a game as pack leader, building trust and respect along the way.
Puppies need lots of exercise, coordination and body awareness.
With multiple dog/cat households, treat them all equal, again, this builds trust and confidence. Don’t play favourites, because the puppy is cute and tiny. They do grow!!
Trust and Respect must be earned, not demanded.