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Bringing Your Puppy Home And Developing A Confident Dog

Bringing Your Puppy Home And Developing A Confident Dog

How To Develop A Well-adjusted, Confident Dog

How exciting! You have decided to welcome a furry bundle of cuteness into your family. This will be a fulfilling journey, but will require effort, time, patience and dedication. It is a huge commitment and responsibility to develop your puppy into a well-adjusted and confident dog. This commitment will give your puppy the best chance to grow up without behavior problems and live happy in a human world. I could talk about puppies extensively; however, it would take a much more lengthy discussion. But, below are just a few tips, which may help you focus on some critical aspects of your puppy’s developmental needs.


Start socializing your puppy as soon as you bring him home. The earlier the better! However, avoid over stimulating your puppy, but get him out slowly, and expose him to as much as you can. Exposure to his living environment is essential. Taking time to slowly introduce things like, cars, bikes, people, children, car rides, etc. is crucial. REMEMBER, having a first pleasant experience is a setting for establishing a confident dog. For example, if you want your puppy to be confident and friendly around other dogs and people, be sure the people and dogs your puppy meets for the first few times are calm and friendly. Take effort and care to control these new experiences to be positive in their learning and adjusting to their new environment.

Avoid Over Stimulation

Teaching your pup to accept and trust the crate is essential. Dogs need a quiet, safe place they trust. Having this place will help develop your dog’s confidence and emotional well-being. Don’t let the pup be the entire focus of your family and household, this will give them the impression they are the most important family member. This could potentially lead to bad behavior in the future. Having a pup that accepts the crate, and is allowed time away from the family, is less likely to develop separation anxiety.

Rules and Boundaries

I know it is hard not to spoil your new puppy, but this is not what your puppy needs or desires. Dogs need to know that you are in control, and you will make decisions so they do not need to. Your dog needs a calm and loving leader, who your pup will grow up to respect and trust. When you over stimulate your dog with treats, physical contact and treating them like a human infant, your dog can see you as weak and needy. This is the exact opposite of what you want your dog to see you as. Dogs live in packs, and take direction from a pack leader. You now have the responsibility of assuming the pack leader role. Teaching your puppy boundaries at an early age, allows your puppy to develop coping skills, as well as learn to trust you will make the right decisions to keep him safe. A puppy without rules and boundaries will develop into an unruly dog. This unruly dog will sometimes develop unacceptable behaviors a human cannot live with, for instance dominant or fearful aggression.

Consistency and Daily Routine

Structure, consistency and repetition is extremely important in your training. It also alleviates stress in your dog. He learns what to expect and what behavior is acceptable. Be patient, calm and encouraging. Don’t expect too much too soon. With your patience, your puppy will learn. The main approach is encouragement, praise and motivation; all should be done with consistency. If you establish a boundary, you must consistently demand that boundary is enforced! Show your approval with love and praise, not treats. This will develop a dependable line of communication your pup will expect and trust.

Obedience Training

Plan to invest in a formal obedience training program. Ages 8-16 weeks focus on socialization, setting boundaries, develop coping skills, avoiding the development of separation anxiety, crate training and house training. Teaching your puppy where his position is in the pack. This will prevent your puppy from assuming the dominant position. But, at the approximate age of 16 weeks, it is now time to think about instilling formal obedience. If you have done your job well up to this point, this is where it all comes together. Your partnership with your puppy will now develop into a relationship with a strong foundation consisting of trust, love and respect. Take time to research about the different techniques and approaches to dog training. Seek out the help of a professional trainer with a style you are comfortable with.
A balanced trainer is a trainer, who will approach your dog in an individualized and diversified approach. Avoid narrow-minded trainers, who are unwilling to approach your dog as an individual or who only displays skill in one area. Refer to our blogs on choosing a professional dog trainer.

We think this is the best way to develop a well-adjusted, confident dog from a Puppy. We do hope we could help you with this article solve this time-consuming but exciting task thatt will be rewarded by the love of you grown-up dog.

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