Ever since early history dogs have developed a special bond with humans. As pack animals dogs have a need for companionship, love, security, and friendship. As humans, we share many of these same needs. Over the years this had led to dogs being right by our side as man’s best friend. All dogs are loyal and friendly when they are treated right and trained correctly. For all training, the key is having the right timing to reward your pooch. It’s best to use a short sharp word like ‘yes’ when he has done the right thing. And remember the key to having a friendly dog is to reward not punishment.
Here are few tips to help you raise the friendliest pooch you can.
Puppy play sessions are always beneficial to ensure a friendly, well-rounded pet. During play, dogs determine their role in the social hierarchy and learn how to properly approach and interact with their own species. New dogs and puppies should have practice interactions with other dogs inside the home, outside while on a leash, and in an off-leash fenced setting.
Provide in-home and in-public socialization sessions
Just as important as learning to act appropriately around other dogs, new pups must also learn how to behave around humans. Socialization with people is important to ensure that your dog does not suffer undue stress and anxiety at the vet, groomer, or boarding kennel. It also reduces the risk of liability from a fear-induced dog bite. Encourage frequent visitors to your home as training exercises and provide lots of fun public visits to pet-friendly establishments so your pup can learn that strangers are not always threatening.
Have you heard of Pica?
Pica is the technical term for a disorder where your dog ingests items that are not food. Usually, Pica is simply a sign of boredom, especially in younger dogs and puppies. Items being ingested may include rocks, dirt, paper etc. If your pooch starts vomiting, has diarrhea or constipation or a painful abdomen after eating a foreign object you should take them to a vet to get assessed.
Don’t leave your dog in hot cars
Never ever leave your dog alone in a car or any vehicle as it could be fatal. Dogs can’t sweat the same way as humans can and even with the windows open, a parked car can quickly become a furnace and parking in the shade offers little protection.
Always carry cold, fresh water when traveling with your dog as he will get thirsty just as easily as you when it’s hot. Ask your Pooch Mobile operator for a Safety Card.