Raising a Confident Puppy
Getting a puppy is many people’s dream. Whether you got one for your family for Christmas or you’re looking to get a new addition soon, there is a lot that goes into puppy ownership. From potty training to socialization, puppies are a labor of love. However, confident dogs grow up to be well-behaved and happy companions. Therefore, we have comprised a list of ways to ensure your puppy turns out to be a confident, secure adult. In turn, your Dog Owner Liability is reduced and the likelihood of your four-legged friend biting or injuring another is also minimized.
Introduce your pup to new people and places.
Take your puppy wherever you can. Whether it’s the pet store or to run a few errands, bring your pet wherever you are allowed. This will get him acclimated to his surroundings all while experiencing new places with you by his side. Watch his body language to see how he adapts, if he is nervous, or if he’s having fun.
Take your puppy to fun places in the car. This way, he won’t learn to simply associate the car with the vet and, therefore, anxiety. Take him to parks, hikes, beaches, mountains, and other areas to get him acclimated. Remember, let him enjoy being a puppy and don’t go to the dog parks until he is up-to-date on vaccinations.
Take your puppy to new environments such as hikes and frequent walks. New textures, places, and smells are stimulating for your puppy. This will not only ensure he is comfortable in places outside of his house, but exercise will release pent-up energy, making him well-behaved and easier to train!
Bringing your puppy to a training program for a few months doesn’t mean he’s done training. Instead, be consistent and practice compliance commands at home and outside. For example, teach training cues at home first and then everywhere you can, while keeping it fun. Make sessions short and focused, with tons of playtime before and after, and tons of treats for encouragement. Teaching cues such as “Stay” is one of the best confidence builders. It teaches focus and patience, explains Dogster.
There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (855) 534-6495.