Keeping any sort of pet is often a balance, consisting of giving them food and attention, while also keeping them safe from harm and free from illness or injuries. Of course, before you buy your pet, you know all about this, and it won’t be too surprising when you have a lot of work to do to look after them. What might be a shock, though, is how fussy your new friend can be. To help you out with this, with a focus on dogs, this post will be exploring some simple psychology. With this in mind, you will have all of the tools you need to get started on managing your dog diva.
Early Training: Like all animals, dogs learn most of their behavioral traits before they reach maturity. Whether this is from their parents, peers, or other sources, it’s incredibly important that these stages in life are handled correctly. For a dog, training comes naturally to them, and you should be able to find loads of guides around the web to help with your dog. This sort of approach can give you the power to give your dog medication, take them for grooming, and stop them from being naughty. Some individuals will be easier to train and command than others, and you may need some help to get your dog on the right track. Thankfully, there are loads of companies out there which are dedicated to training animals and making them easier to keep.
Something They Like: Not everyone likes the idea of strictly training their dog, and might want to take an approach which leans more towards happiness than obedience. In some cases, this may even not even be your decision, as some pups are less willing than others. There are loads of products out there which are designed to help you with this approach. Nowadays, it’s even possible to give your dog a flea treatment which they will enjoy, in the form of a chewable Nexgard. A lot of dogs are very good at avoiding the pill in the bowl and won’t like to be treated roughly to swallow something.
Positive Association: In both of the examples above, you rely on positive associated to enable more control over your dog. When they are being trained, treats and vocal rewards will be given, building up a range of positive emotions when similar actions are performed in the future. In the case of something the like, you’re not even giving them the chance to build a negative image of what they are doing. Long after you stop giving your dog treats, they will still react with excitement, having forgotten about the food they used to get during training. Of course, when using something like this as the basis for your dog’s happiness, you have to be very careful to use moderation.
Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start exploring some different routes when it comes to pointing your dog in the right direction. Having a pet which doesn’t like to comply with you is very common. It can be easy to forget that they have complex feelings and emotions, and these have to be considered when you’re interacting with them.