Put Your Best Paw Forward – January is “Train your Dog Month”
Training your pet is a job. It’s part of your commitment to being a pet parent. After a while, that training becomes more of a partnership.
Set a routine and stick to it. This includes:
- Meals at regular times
- Walks on a schedule
- Where to sleep
- When to sleep
- Which items are “toys” and which items are “off-limits”
Making and following these rules for a new pet is important for both of you. We all want to know what to expect. It’s hard to hit a target if it keeps moving. Pet training is the same. Your pet isn’t going to learn if you’re not consistent.
For a new puppy, most pet experts agree on these three basics:
Start with a crate:
* Make it fun. This is really important. MAKE IT FUN…for both of you!
* The crate can be a “safe zone” for your pet, and it will give you peace of
mind that your pet is safe when you need a break.
* Rest is important…for both of you. A puppy napping in a crate is a safe puppy.
* Feed your dog treats in the crate. One more reason why the crate is fun.
Work with a positive reinforcement trainer or attend puppy classes:
* If possible, decide on your trainer before you get the dog.
* Don’t delay. Get started right away before your pup learns bad behaviors.
Playtime and downtime:
* All work and no play makes Fido an unhappy puppy. Remember to play!
* One of our trainer friends says to use mental stimulation to “drain and train the
brain.” It tires your dog out more than physical stimulation.
* Take a few days off when you get a new dog to help it adjust to its new home.
We give pets a part of our lives. They give us their whole lives. Take time to train. You’ll be paid back with a lifetime of love and companionship.
If this isn’t the right time for you to adopt, become a “Virtual Foster” by becoming a monthly sponsor for our animals awaiting their “fur-ever” homes. For more information, call 760-753-6413 or log on to our website. Together We Save Lives!