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How to Raise a Polite Puppy

Have you recently welcomed a baby canine into your family? Congratulations! As you start out on this long and wonderful journey with your new furry friend, you’ve got lots to teach little Fido. Just like people, dogs develop many of their habits and personality traits while they’re little, so that first year is very important. In this article, a local Carmel, IN, vet discusses how to raise a polite puppy.

Socialize

Socialization is crucial to Fido’s development. Dogs that haven’t been properly socialized are much more likely to be easily frightened, anxious, or aggressive as adults. Taking time to socialize your little furbaby when he’s a baby will really pay off in the long run. Have friends and family members come over to pet and play with your furbaby, and bring him out to new places. Letting your puppy interact with safe, friendly dogs is also beneficial. Just make sure that Fido is up to date on vaccinations before exposing him to other dogs. Be careful not to overwhelm little Fido, though: if your furry pal seems scared or distressed, dial things down a few notches, and proceed slowly.

Training

Make sure that Fido knows the five basic commands, which are Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. These are the foundation for good doggy ‘petiquette’. They’re also very important for both your dog’s safety, and the safety of other people and animals. Don’t exhaust your pup with long training sessions: ten or fifteen minutes at a time is fine.

Nip Bad Habits in The Bud

Teach Fido from the start what is and is not acceptable behavior, so you don’t have to break bad habits later. Otherwise, bad doggy behaviors, like begging and jumping on people, can become very problematic down the road. Be consistent! If you don’t want your pooch hopping up on the couch, address his behavior immediately, every time he does it.

Use Positive Reinforcement

Never punish your dog for misbehaving, or for making a mistake. Fido’s behavior is ruled by instinctual urges, so he won’t understand why he’s being reprimanded. Negative reinforcement can therefore cause your pooch to become anxious, scared, or even aggressive. Instead, focus on the positive, and reward good behavior with treats and praise.

Does your puppy need shots or an examination? Contact us, your Carmel, IN, veterinary clinic, any time! We are always here to help!

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