The attitude of a child is mainly caused by how he or she was raised. The behavior of a human will reflect on how he or she as a child. The parents and the families around play a major role in developing the behavior of children. No attitude or behavior is hereditary – it is influenced by the belief of the people we look up to and the manners we see and the experience we have with the people around us. Therefore, we are greatly influenced by how we are raised and the culture we have grown up to. Popularly said, if you want your child to be well-behaved, teach them while they are still young. Don’t train them when they already have thorns on their heads.
Like humans, dogs can adapt to our behavior as well. Although they have their own unique personality as an animal, the way we introduce them to the world and how we raise them will highly impact their behavior as they grow. It is better to teach them while they are still puppies than train them when they are already a grown up dog.
There are 5 areas that we need to dwell on this matter as a puppy.
1. Focus on the things that that they are afraid of
At an early age, we should expose our pets more to socialize with humans and other pets. The more they are acquainted to others, the lesser they will develop the sense of fear. They can easily self-check if the situation can harm them or not. During this period, puppies should be introduced to all aspects that they may encounter along the way. Socializing with others can help the puppy learn how to interpret various body movements and how to deal with each and every one.
2. Hold your dog
By touch and restriction, you can help nurture a puppy’s confidence so he will feel no fear if something arises. Familiarize the puppy to touch the sensitive parts of his body, like paws, nails, ears, tails and legs. Practice all kinds of petting so they will get used to it like patting, massaging, gentle strokes and even lifting. Nail trims are somewhat challenging and should be done carefully. You can do it on your own or seek professional help.
3. Intercept territorial behavior
Dogs mostly will guard what they think they possess. That will include food, toys, treats, beds and even unnecessary things that they think they own. Train your puppy early with “drop-it” behavior. Train your dog to be accustomed to people passing by when they have their possessions with them.
4. Appoint boundaries
The way you tolerate their behavior will likely be carried away through adulthood. Whatever the puppy is allowed or not allowed to do, that will be the same behavior he will remember.
5. Associate your puppy with separation
Most dogs are dependable on humans and most of them rely everything to people. Teach your puppy to be independent. Teach them that it is okay to be alone and separated from everyone. Teach them to be relaxed and savor the moment when they are alone.