Bear’s Big Puppy Tip – Teaching your puppy the outdoor canine etiquette
Early learning is paramount throughout puppyhood; however many owners think this just about socialising with other dogs, and what better way to do this than to take them to the local park and allow them off lead to run around with other dogs – “WRONG!”
If you look up the word socialisation is means:
“the process of learning to behave in a way that is acceptable to society”.– The Collins English Dictionary
If look up the word etiquette is means:
“the customary code of polite behaviour in society or among members of a particular profession or group”.-The Collins English Dictionary
Whatever you call interactions, environments, etc it comes down to the fact that as owners we need to ready our puppies for the outside world and more importantly how to behave that is acceptable.
When you take your puppy out – your time with your puppy should be clear of anything else (no phone calls, no listening to music, no jogging, no cycling). It is at this time that is the most important part of owning a well- mannered and social dog.
It means you can:
- Reward the right training, not running off too far in front, practicing the recall you learnt at puppy class.
- Reward the right behaviour when greeting people and dogs.
- Interact with your puppy through play and training – building those bonds.
Remember do not use the “wait and see what happens” – be the owner who uses the socialisation or puppy etiquette so that you make sure that your puppy is ready to meet the outside world!]]>