Although many people do not notice it, the mental health of our pets is just as important as their physiological health. Above all, we must be careful when they are young, since, like humans, it is when we develop fears or behaviors that are later difficult to correct.
How to correct these behaviors
Training your dog to go to the bath
It is not easy for owners to understand their pets and that is why on many occasions it is necessary to go to a veterinarian specialized in ethology and TomVets offers the Ethology at home service.
Below we detail moments and situations in which you should be attentive and we try to guide you on how to help your pet.
The socialization period runs from birth to 8-10 weeks of age. It is during this period that it is important to expose the puppy to stimuli so that it is not afraid of them as an adult.
Once this period is closed, it will be increasingly difficult to “desensitize” the dog with respect to a stimulus that causes fear.
That is why it is recommended that breeders begin this process by gradually socializing puppies in front of people, children, other dogs, cats or even noises such as fireworks or thunder.
In case of acquiring a puppy, we must also progressively and respectfully accustom them to this type of stimuli as well as noise from the street (always carrying them in our arms until the vet gives us permission to carry them on the ground according to their vaccination schedule).
Whether we take a puppy or adopt an adult dog, it will go through a period of adaptation in which we are likely to observe the following behaviors.
In addition, it is possible that the dog still does not have assimilated knowledge of behavior in specific situations that will be important for your coexistence in the future.
If you have adopted a puppy, it is likely that it has not yet been taught where to relieve itself. The same can happen with an adult dog.
For this, it is important to work on it, always ignoring accidents and effusively rewarding it with prizes and “parties” when it is done in the right place. It can be initially with a point in the house designated for it (with soakers or newspaper) to which you should take it regularly. Later we will change to an area of the garden or taking it out into the street.
As soon as he understands that doing it on these sites rewards him, he will prefer to do it there and will easily strengthen the behavior.
It is one of the most difficult learning processes, especially in very anxious animals that want to go quickly or greet people and dogs passionately.
It is important to start with a long leash with which we can:
At the same time it is necessary to equip him with a harness according to his size and age. It’s not as important how pretty this one is as that the shape and size are just right to teach him. Above all, make sure that it does not slip or come off. To begin with, wide belt harnesses are recommended so that they do not get stuck with a ring in the chest in order to teach him not to pull the leash without hurting him.
Often when we adopt a dog we almost never leave him alone and when we want to do so, he presents separation anxiety problems.
It is important to make this transition from a very young age and slowly, starting with short periods. We must try to make it a positive experience for him by helping us with interactive toys such as Sniffing Carpets, Kongs stuffed with food…
In the event that we already have other pets at home, it is important to introduce them slowly and progressively, making sure at all times to keep the two individuals that we are presenting safe to avoid injuries.
It is common for an animal that already lives in a house not to accept the new member during the first days, but with good presentation guidelines it should be solved in a few days or weeks.
It is important to respect the animal that we already have at home and allow it to hide or move away from the new one by providing areas that it recognizes as safe to which the new one does not have access (high areas for cats, safe area in a separate room for dogs) since the Puppies or new dogs can be very pushy and adults may lose patience (especially since they can sometimes be seen as a threat to their resources).
It is recommended to be careful especially in moments of “risk” such as mealtime, access to bed, toys, etc. at least until the relationship between them is positive.
Remember that any abnormal or unwanted behavior must be dealt with as soon as possible. For these problems, you can consult our Ethology at home service.
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