28 September 2017 by Iqa
Wondering what difference a pet pooch could bring to your family and home? Ask any dog owner this, and they’d give you a long list of ways their furry friend has made their homes and lives much better.
Dogs are also known to be effective in lessening symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a psychological condition that may arise as an after-effect of serious injury or abuse, or from witnessing a traumatic event. Dogs help PTSD sufferers rebuild trust and confidence through their inherently trustworthy nature. They respond well to authoritative relationships, allowing those with PTSD to regain a sense of control and self-worth.
Dog slobber could do us all a healthy favour by helping our bodies develop healthy bacteria that boost our immune systems - meaning you’ll probably fall ill a lot less with a dog at home. According to a 2004 study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, dogs also lower a child’s chance of becoming allergic to pets by up to 33%, so your kids will develop better resilience against allergies as they grow up with their puppy pal.
Did you know that a dog’s sense of smell is 100,000 times stronger than a human’s? For example, the human nose has an average of around 5 million scent receptors while a Dachshund has about 125 million. This is how they can actually sniff out certain types of cancer and even blood sugar crashes in humans!
Need to lose that beer belly? Regular walks and runs in the park are excellent ways to both bond with your canine companion and keep your physical health in check. Just don’t try racing a Greyhound on foot – at top speed, they can run up to 43 mph (For scale, Usain Bolt’s world record speed clocks in at 28mph).
You should start your potty training when you puppy is at least 10-12 weeks old. Before that age, the puppy is physically not able to control the bladder and any training would be a waste of time. So before you go crazy and wonder why your training shows no signs of improvement, wait until your puppy actually has control over his/her body.
So here we go.
1. Schedule your training
2. Be emotional
Puppy potty training is not about modern parenting methods where you are trying to be very wise, tempered, slow-talking and patient. Dogs learn not through words but through body language incl. the emotional sound of your words. What I mean is, dogs know when you are angry or happy. So if you don't show this, then the dog won't learn from you. The more clearer you can show your emotions to the puppy, the quicker it will learn.
I don't what type of person you are but here are some examples for showing emotions.
Happy (when the puppy peed/pooped on the dog toilet):
3. Grass helps
4. Only the alpha does the training
It's important that you keep the training method/style the same and consistent. Use the same words, the same reaction to angry and happy, etc. But it is even more important that the alpha of the house is doing the training i.e. showing the emotions. Because the puppy looks up more to the alpha in the house. If there are 2 (maybe you and your spouse), then the training will take a bit longer because the dog has to learn both your reactions.
Your puppy learns first from the alpha. So if you are a family, then you should decide who is the dog's alpha... have fun on that! :-)
5. Be patient
Dan has been living around dogs since he was a baby. His current dog is a female boxer who listens meticulously well and is one of the most joyful and well-behaved dogs he ever had.
A casual dog admirer who believes that all dogs go to heaven, and that semper fidelis is a motto lived by all canine companions. Aunt to a precious Boxer.