We all have seen mature dogs barking at new people, other dogs and strange objects. That is because, from 8 to 16 weeks, they were not introduced to and socialized as much as possible. During this timeframe, your puppy is a little sponge and his experiences now will determine how he responds to his environment for years to come.
Owners of dogs always have the best of intentions, but these common mistakes happen sometimes.
- Free-feeding: Letting your dog eat the puppy when they wish and how much can lead to obesity and many other health problems, as well as make house training extremely difficult. Putting your dog on a regular diet and water schedule from the beginning should help and stick to it.
- Failing to set rules: Dogs flourish when they know what is expected from them. They love to please us, and sometimes only need to know what we want them to do. Train your dog properly so that they understand what we want them to do.
- The motion of your dog: Dogs relax when they are not in charge. Teach your dog proper leash manners so that you can enjoy your walks and not have to worry about him barking at people and other dogs. It can be also dangerous for both you and your dog when he comes and takes you down the street.