By Helene Perraudeau
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Has your family grown or will soon grow with the arrival of a puppy? Happiness! But sometimes also complications with this new companion who has everything to learn and who you need to tame yourself.
Here are some tips from Aurore Lefranc, BP certified dog trainer, based in Saint-Lô, to get your dog’s training well underway.
Think well in advance about the dog that may suit you
It can be tempting when you intend to adopt, to let yourself be seduced by “fashionable” dogs. “But it’s not necessarily a good idea,” warns Aurore. “Because their character does not necessarily fit into the family lifestyle. For people who want to adopt, the young woman offers a pre-adoption session, to “give adopters to choose their dog well, depending on the time they have to devote to it, their residence, their budget, their way of life, etc. “For example, if you want to adopt a bichon, you need to know that these are dogs that do not like being alone. If you are away all day, it will be a problem. »
From nurse to dog trainer
Former nurse – a job she had to give up due to a health problem – Aurore Lefranc chose to train as a dog educator. She obtained her dog educator BP, “the only diploma recognized by the state” and follows several training courses. She launched her activity in December 2021: “Tame Your Dog”. The young woman travels to her home through the Channel.
Take the time to welcome the new companion
If you are adopting a puppy, Aurore recommends that you ask a few days off to welcome him better, set aside time for him. “Those first days are important, with a lot of learning to do.”
For cleanliness, for example, “it’s no use punishing your dog, especially not taking it by the scruff of the neck, because when you shake it, the message you send to it is: I’ll kill you.” “Besides, it could hurt him.” So counterproductive.
Aurora advocates a lot of patience: “It’s the watchword with a puppy. »« The dog must also learn to be alone, but you must go there gradually, to accustom him to your absence. ‘Before each apprenticeship, his essential needs – eating, sleeping, chewing, etc. – must be filled. The young educator prefers learning (reminder, cleanliness, socialization) rather than coercion (sitting, lying down, not moving). “I prefer to get him to think rather than condition him.” ONE charitable teaching method.
Socialization: an important step for the puppy
Socializing is an important step for your puppy: “He needs to meet people other than his family and other animals.” Aurore recommends prioritizing the quality of these meetings rather than quantity. “And it’s no use just letting him meet other puppies.” They will not teach each other anything. »
Chewing: Give him appropriate items
The puppy gets teeth: he must chew. It is therefore important to provide him with appropriate items. “I recommend items that are as natural as possible, such as calf hooves, beef horns or sticks. Avoid plastic. »
Your puppy should be able to chew at will. Mistakes to avoid: throwing balls. “It excites them, and it’s not consistent: we throw something that moves after them, and at the same time we ask them not to run after humans or dogs …” It’s complicated for them to find their way around.
For duvets, be sure to remove “pouic pouic”: “Also there it excites them and reminds them of the sound of the killing of an animal.” Choose quieter activities, such as digging, where you can store a treat.
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