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Most dogs are loving and happy creatures. Some dogs behave badly. It has been observed that a dog owner who has a well-behaved dog will always enjoy canines which are a joy to own. The converse is also true. Owners having badly behaved dogs tend always to have the same kind of surly animals. There is a distinct pattern. It is the responsibility of the owner to bring up a well-behaved dog.
This is not to say that everything is the fault of the
owner. A few dogs are genetically predisposed to behave badly. Animal
personalities, like their human counterparts, are influenced by genetics. If
the parents of a puppy are obedient and calm dogs, then the puppy will be too.
This is why you should meet the parents of the puppy before you adopt one.
Social skills are developed in the puppy stage
It is seen that a puppy with poor social skills grows up
into badly behaved dogs in adulthood. All puppies have a golden malleable
period, from about three weeks to about three months' age. They are primed to
make relationships during this time with people and also other animals. It is
at this time that puppies learn that a few particular experiences, sights, and
sounds pose no threat. The animals also learn over the same period on how to
interact with others, utilizing vocalization and body language. Puppies
well-socialized during this time will in all probability develop into confident
and calm adult animals.
In contrast, the puppies who suffer from a lack of adequate
socialization during this period are in all probability likely to grow up to be
adults fearful of not only humans but also other dogs. They react horribly to
several sounds, environments, and objects. Such fear leads to aggression and
has severe consequences for all humans around them. The dogs are in danger
themselves. It is essential that you choose a well-socialized puppy. Only if
you do so, you will get a well-behaved adult canine.
Train your dog well
An inadequately trained dog
could engage in bad behavior. There is a fallacy in human thinking that dogs
which behave well instinctively does so. This is not the case. Dogs cannot
differentiate between good behavior and bad behavior. The canines must be
trained in the way their owners wanted them to behave. This takes commitment,
time, and patience. An owner should spend about 15 minutes per day training the
dog. This could be either done at one shot or three sessions of five minutes
each scattered through the day. The training should take place every day and
continue for weeks and months altogether. You can combine this activity with
walking the dog or any other activity-but it must be done.