Whether you are a first-time pet parent or you have bought a puppy for a fresh start after cremating a dog, setting boundaries for your new furry member is essential.
Letting a dog understand his limits is very important but training him is the toughest part.
When to Train Your Dog?
It’s the most obvious question here. When you bring your new pet home, as soon as possible is the right time to train him. Establish boundaries as soon as he steps into his new home. He is new to the environment and therefore he needs to know which areas his entry is allowed, what kind of attitude is allowed and how he needs to sit and play. Correcting him when he crosses the boundary is the purpose of this article.
However, don’t frighten him. He is new to your house and should be treated with love. After all, love can teach anything!
Setting Boundaries with Your Pet Dog
Setting Boundaries with Your Pet Dog can be done following the below-described three steps:
1. Train Your Dog about the Off Limits Areas:
First of all, you need to know which areas your dog should go and should not go. Be it your room, staircase, or kitchen. Decide that first. After that, put baby gates around those areas so it gives a clear indication to your dog not to reach those areas. It can also help you while training him. Alternatively, with furniture if they jump up on furniture and you don’t want them up there ask them to get down and if they don’t, pick them up and pop them down on the ground.
2. Stop Your Dog to Cross the Barricaded Area:
After you have put the barricades (baby gates) in and around your home, take your dog on a leash. Once you reach the restricted area, say “stop” or just pull the leash. When your dog stops, pat him and give appreciation always. Be consistent with this.
3. Be Patient When Correcting Him:
Once your dog knows the limits, let him be free to move around. But this time, he shouldn’t be on a leash. Observe if he is going beyond the boundaries which you’ve set. If he doesn’t go, you have successfully trained him on the off-limits. But still, if he is confused, don’t panic. The key here is to not shout or frighten the dog for crossing the limits, instead, train him again positively perhaps this time raise your voice a little bit more than before.
Consistency is Key
Boundary training is not easy. It doesn’t happen overnight. You need to handle this with a lot of patience. There will be times when your dog will try to cross the boundaries, you need to stay calm and continue training him with patience. Consistency is always key.
Training your new pet might take several weeks. Training is not only necessary when you bring a new pet into your home but also when you change the environment/move to a new house. If you have a pet dog, I’m sure you want him to be boundary trained. Here, at our Pets at Rest QLD blog about pet funeral services, you will get to learn many more things which is important for you as a pet owner.