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Dog Training, Behavior and Obedience Shanghai

A Guide on how to get started with training your dog

There are many schools of thought on dog training we do dog psychology and positive reinforcement. It is important to find the right approach for you and your dog.

Getting your dog trained will help you and your dog to have a happy relationship as well as with the community.

Puppy Socialization

It is important for your puppy to learn how to be sociable at a very young age to ensure that they are not causing any problems or being a nuisance to the community or other dogs.

  • Puppies need to meet and have pleasant encounters with a wide variety of people including children and other animals. Start from a very young age, even as young as 2 months. Do a little everyday to ensure they are not overwhelmed and never ‘force them’ to socialize in any situation.  Expose them to other dogs, maybe invite your friend’s dog over and then maybe introduce them to the nearest dog park. 

You may find that upon the first meeting, many puppies ‘hide away’ or avoid other dogs.  Try not to encourage this by sympathizing with the puppy – instead slowly bring him/her out from between your legs (or wherever he/she may be hiding) and let them deal with the situation on their own.  Your puppy will soon learn that other dogs are nothing to be afraid of, and will be sniffing other bottoms in no time!

If possible, meeting other puppies or attending puppy training classes will surely help in their socialization.

*Important – please make sure that your puppy is fully vaccinated and that other dogs attending the class are fully vaccinated to ensure protection from common canine diseases.

Educate and teach good manners

  • Puppies will learn good manners if and only if you show them exactly what is accepted and what is not.  A firm ‘NO’ or a sharp ‘Hey!’ often gets their attention.  But don’t expect the one correction to stop them forever!  Soon enough they will be back doing what they weren’t supposed to be doing, so just keep reminding your puppy every time! 

TIP: Try to avoid blabber like “NO! That’s my shoe! You shouldn’t be eating my shoe now, should you… you cute little young thing you, bad girl bad bad bad… etc.”  Just say: ‘No!’

Positive Training

  • Train your puppy as soon as they are settled into the household. Pat your puppy or give treats as a reward for training simple things such as sit, come, stay and down.

Leadership

  • Puppies need to learn leadership at a very young age. They are pack animals and in every pack there is a leader. Make sure that you are the leader otherwise they will do what they want, when they want and it could turn nasty.
  • Little things such as you eating first, you walk through the door first will show them that you are in full control.
  • 'Freedom' for a dog will only lead to 'tolerating' bad behavior.  If you don’t like something your dog is doing, communicate with your dog!  Don’t just put up with it and hope one day the problem will go away.

Teach your puppy that it is ok to be left alone.

  • As pack animals do not like to be alone and will develop separation anxiety which can be destructive.
  • Begin with leaving your puppy for 10 minutes and then 20 minutes gradually adding on the time.
  • Remember: barking (or unwanted behaviors) do NOT get your attention, and good behavior (being quiet) does.

Chewing

  • Puppies chew while they are teething and during adolescence. Please ensure that they have plenty of chew toys otherwise you will be left with chewed-up furniture. Teach them what they can chew on and what they cannot.

*Important – try not to leave your puppy where it can damage your things or itself.  Prevention is always better than cure.

Be prepared for adolescence.

  • Adolescence varies some big dogs last for about 3 years while smaller dogs have a shorter period of adolescence. During this stage your puppy’s behavior may deteriorate considerably, please do not worry this stage will soon pass and what is left is a loyal, loving companion for life.

Don’t be afraid to ask.

If you are experiencing difficulties, please do not hesitate to ask your local vet or speak online with us for free advice on: guaigougou1314@hotmail.com

Any dog problem is usually easier to solve sooner rather than later.

Dog Training

Please visit our website www.guaigougou.com.cn for more details.
We have native trainers from the UK and China suited to train any dog with any problem from basic household obedience to police force capabilities.

We provide many programs for home services so please email us for information: info@guaigougou.com.cn or call us on 1381 833 2565

‘A happy dog is a well trained dog’

In Summary

  • Be consistent with our dog.
  • Be patient (avoid frustration or anger)
  • Train for 5-10 minutes at a time and keep your dog interested.
  • Don’t allow your dog to develop bad habits.
  • Dogs respond to body language and voice tones. NOT THE LANGUAGE
  • Understanding your dog breed.
  • Make the training a play time, your time to play with your dog.
  • A fun training session will ensure that your dog learns fast.

Dog owners have an obligation to their dog and to their community to ensure that their pet is a happy, socialized and a well-trained animal.

Other resources:

http://www.uwsp.edu/psych/dog/dog.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_training

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