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  • New Dog Owners: What Not to Do

    Saturday, November 28th, 2015, 9:57 pm

    Whether you have adopted a pup from a rescue or shelter or purchased them from a breeder or pet store, every dog has their own set of idiosyncrasies as an individual doggie and as a member of a specific breed or combination of breeds. Though our furry friends can have a ton of personality, this doesn’t mean they are a PERSON.

    All new dog owners (or maybe it’s your second pup!) should be aware that their dog needs time to assess their new environment when they first arrive at their new home. This is a whole new environment for them, and they are trying to figure out where they fit in. Try to think of your new pup as a house guest rather than a new best friend in the beginning- it may help you give your dog enough distance to assess, they are already overwhelmed, so piling on the hugs and love so soon may be too much for your pooch.

    Here are some behaviors pet parents should steer clear of, especially in the beginning.

    Talking at your dog and expecting them to “get it.”

    Dogs don’t talk, so what makes dog owners think they will automatically learn this new language the second they arrive at their new home? We have said it before and will say it again: your dog is not a person. We are verbal and can talk at length about a number of things. Dogs work in a pack, they are pack animals. They need someone to lead them, not someone to talk to them.

    Though Fido may be able to understand a few words here and there, the vast majority of what you say to your dog is lost on them. And it’s not really the words that they “get” but the body language we use; they can pick up on that. That being said, communicating with your dog is not a simple game of charades.

    Constantly cuddling and hugging your dog.

    While most people no to steer clear of touching the dog while it’s eating. Think of it like this: Your phone keeps ringing as soon as you sit down to eat after a long day. Annoying right? While your pup may be otherwise sweet and gentle, most dogs do not want to be bothered while eating and also don’t want to be touched constantly.

    This is especially important to keep mind when you have young children in the house.

    The Connected Canine Dog Training Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley helps people and their pets live more harmoniously. Let us know how we can help!

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