The dog is an equal member of the family and should be treated as such by its members. The puppy should be rewarded for positive and corrected for negative behavior just as parents do when teaching their children what is good and bad.
You should not use any violence, because the only result that this will have is fear and obedience of your dog and not the cooperation and understanding.
The trainer is responsible for helping you to find the right way of communicating with your puppy, the goal being to help it overcome any fears and anxiety it may have and to become sociable and confident.
The puppy’s socialization starts in the first few days of its life through the relationship with its mother, its siblings and the relationship with the breeder or other person who has taken care of it before it came to your home.
Your participation in the puppy’s personality development starts from the moment that you take it into your home and include it in your everyday life (about 2-3 months). It should be incorporated into your family’s life without making changes in its members’ daily habits. The sooner the dog adapts itself the easier things will become for you.
Τhe puppy’s socialization with people and other animals starts after its vaccination. At first it should be taken on short walks which gradually become longer. These walks should also be done in a variety of different conditions (e.g. in the day and at night, in areas unfamiliar to it, through crowds, noisy streets, in bad weather) so that the dog will learn to cope with them from an early age.
Some of these situations will stimulate the dog’s natural curiousity but others might make it anxious or afraid. It is necessary for the dog-owner to know how to behave at such times in order to help the dog become familiar with apparent threats.
Pre-training starts at 2-3 months, based on a game which helps your puppy overcome any phobias or anxieties arising from its separation from its mother and siblings. At the same time we start house-training and encourage the puppy to become familiar with, and easy in, his kennel. We teach him to play with his toys, instead of destroying everything he comes across, not to snap at hands, to introduce the basic commands with which he will become familiar and with socialization in general.
So before you actually acquire the puppy of your choice we invite you to visit us at the Dog Village to give you any practical advice and information you may need about general behavior issues, to help your puppy overcome his fears and insecurities.