As you already understood from previous articles about mutts who were lucky to get a new family - Part 1 и Part 2, you should not immediately put pressure on the dog with training and education. First you have to get to know each other, make friends, and after all this you can start raising a dog, that is, training and training.
You can avoid some of the inconveniences that the dog gives you, for example, chewing on some things or overturning the trash can. To do this, simply hide the things that hit the dog in the teeth, close the bucket tightly. Give your dog toys made from a variety of materials so that he can chew on them with pleasure.
You need to gradually accustom a new friend to the schedule of the day. Try to determine for yourself the time of feeding and walking the dog. Soon your pet will tell you that it's time for a walk. Teaching the basic commands of a dog that was picked up on the street, or rather obedience course should be carried out in any case, regardless of whether it is a puppy or an adult dog that knows some commands and even seems to obey you. Training allows you to establish not only trust in you, but also obligatory obedience. You should show the dog its place in the family, where it will be comfortable.
Teaching basic dog commands
- Obedience training should begin before feeding.
- Take crackers, pieces of goodies, dry food with you in your pocket.
- Use treats to reinforce the correct execution of commands.
- Never hit or yell at an animal. Otherwise, you will break the already established trust and contact with the dog.
- Consider the fact that a dog picked up on the street may be afraid of new sounds, people and phenomena of your usual life. If the dog is frightened, sit down next to him, stroke and calm him down.
- Address the dog, talk to it.
Larger dogs are best left to a professional trainer who will not only show you how to properly train a dog, but also how to put him in his place. This should be taken seriously. The fact is that aggressive and larger breeds of dogs can sit on their heads and dominate the family. They can afford to build everyone up, growl and snarl, keep everyone at bay. The instructor will also determine whether the dog is dangerous, the degree of its aggressiveness.
author - Konstantin Markin
(animal psychologist, animal trainer)