Treatment Type: Training Techniques
Rated for: English Shepherd
By Emily S
Posted Nov. 16, 2017
In order to prevent aggression, a dog who doesn't listen, a dog who does not respect other dogs and people, the owner must start with basic socializing as a puppy. I have seen far too many people thinking that a growling little dog was funny, or that a dog chasing you out the door wasn't a big deal. It is, and owners must work hard from day one to prevent unwanted behaviors.
As soon as you bring home your new puppy, sign them up for puppy classes. like toddlers, they aren't going to have long attention spans or be able to complete intense routine. But this time is critical to expose your puppy to as much as possible and desensitize them. Make sure you sooth when needed, encourage when needed and ignore or give a "no" when the pup warrants it.
Your puppy will grow up to be a great dog if you just take the time when they are young. Ignore them at this age, and you will have a problematic dog in the future.