Over the past few years, our pets have become family companions. No longer just the guard dog or the mouse catcher, they have evolved into our family lives and have become dependent on us for their day to day needs.
Bringing home a puppy or a kitten is a big responsibility; they need to be taught the rules of the house from the first day. Starting with these rules and standing by them will be the foundation for your pet; this will also help determine their future behavioural habits.
Laying down the rules usually means starting with a routine for both you and your new pet. These routines will consist of potty training, feeding, bathing, playtime and bed time.
Your pet will look up to you as the dominant leader; by enforcing your rules and routine will help you form your pets’ habits. If you do not take the rules and routines seriously then your pet wont either and that then leaves the door open for the bad habits.
Rules and routines are not only for young pets, your older pets can still learn the ropes, it may take a bit more time and patience but the end result can be a happy pet and owner.
Socialising your pet once they have received their vaccination, is a great way to boost their confidence and playfulness. Puppy classes and obedience classes is a great way for both you and your pet to learn how to communicate with one another as well as with others.
Communication is key, when dealing with your pets as is for humans all over the world. Reading your pets’ body language will help you determine what mood they are in or what there next action will be. This helps a great deal because it gives you the opportunity to stop them before they do something incorrect and to get ready to praise them when they have done well.
Using words, voice levels and signs will help your pet understand what is expected of them. They will be able to determine when they have done something wrong as well as to learn which behaviour is desirable.
When visiting your TAH Vet, be sure to ask as many questions as you need. Your vet will be able to help you with some ground rules.
TAH has a wonderful puppy training program that is run by Sr Karen Forsdick who is an animal behaviourist and veterinary nurses. She has been involved in the training of dogs and puppies for over 30 years. For more information on the puppy classes or to place a booking, phone our Bellville branch on 021 919 1191.