Most canine behaviours are reinforced by humans- good or bad. A dog naturally wants to please its human parents and dogs are animals that want a leader to follow. Therefore, puppies are very impressionable, and how you act with them will greatly impact the dog they become. Negative behaviour in your dog could make them aggressive towards animals or even people, and once a behaviour becomes habitual, it will be much harder to break.
Here are three easy tips to prevent negative behaviour with your puppy:
1 – Allow your puppy contact with other dogs and puppies on a regular basis.
This will help your puppy be more secure in him or herself. This is important because most aggression issues stem from insecurities or fear-based issues. It will help him, or her understand the correct way to interact with other dogs in a friendly, non-threatening way.
2 – Allow your puppy contact with people on a regular basis.
Access to all different people including the young and old will help your puppy remain non-aggressive towards everyone. Supervised access to young children is of particular importance because a child’s unpredictable, sudden movements can frighten dogs that aren’t familiar with them, which can trigger a possible negative response.
3- Get your puppy ready for Vet visits.
Touch their ears, toes, tail, snout, legs, and stomach on a regular basis. This will get them used to being handled and touched in places they otherwise wouldn’t normally. Trips to the Vet won’t be such a headache if your dog doesn’t panic when the Vet handles them for check-ups and medical procedures.
With patience and hard work, you will able to prevent negative behaviour with your dog successfully.