One of the first things that comes to mind when thinking about our dog’s education, is how to teach him the most common and common commands that are usually the call, the sitting, not pulling on a leash and doing the needs in the place indicated.
When a new friend is welcomed at home, one often wonders when precisely one must begin to educate him. Many argue that it is preferable to wait for the dog to make 3-4 months because it is too small to learn first.
It is clear that everything depends on the teachings that you want to transmit, but the learning of dogs starts from the first moment they enter the house, clearly leaving the right spaces and moments to get to know each other better, overcome the gap and settle down to his new family . Everything that the puppy will learn in the first 3/4 months will remain indelible in his mind, which at this age is very receptive.
In this phase it is very important to dedicate yourself to stimulation and socialization, which if neglected or managed in an approximate way, will lead the dog to ignore or misinterpret subjects, environments and situations that should normally be familiar to him.
It is helpful to remember how most puppies adore being continually pampered. Contact and manipulation are therefore a fundamental moment. But there is a huge difference between pampering and manipulation. It is not said that the dog lover of pampering is also cleaning for example, so from the early days it is essential to stimulate it in a positive way, especially as regards the cleaning of the ears, which are the “weak” point of the Lagotto.
As for us humans, for the dog the game is a gym of life. It is only through these activities that the dog really evaluates his own abilities and possibilities, thus overcoming the various insecurities and slowly discovering self-control. You can devote yourself to the simple launch of the ball, to the agility, imprinting on truffles, to games of mental activation … surely the Lagotto Romagnolo is a very versatile dog, with which you can do almost any activity.
Another very important phase concerns the puppy’s habit to make his own needs out. It is inherent in his instinct to know that he has to dirty away from where he consumes his meals and where he rests, but that does not mean he knows he will have to litter it out.
Commonly, the methods used to make the dog where they do not dirty more and more resemble useless and cruel punishments (let him smell the pee, beat him with the newspaper …), but this will not help the dog to learn the lesson. Therefore we need patience because it is only around the fourth month that our faithful friend will be able to understand where to dirty, to know how to resist and control himself. Here are some valuable tips that can be useful to ensure that your four-legged friend does not dirty house: The first thing you need to do is to choose a space that will be in charge of your needs. Usually the dog dirty at some times of the day: when he wakes up, after eating and after the game. But before recognizing these moments you need to learn about your dog. The moment you notice that your puppy is going to pee in the wrong place, take it and take it to the place of your choice and reward it if it is dirty there. Over time you will see that the dog will associate this area with its physiological needs. If instead you can not catch it on time and pee on the carpet or on the floor at home, in this case you do not have to scold or beat him but say “no” and take it out all the same (or where it should). Of course this only applies if you catch it on the fact. If you arrive just a couple of minutes later, better ignore the incident. Above all in the first months of life the dog does not have full autonomy and bladder control, so it is very important to take it out often, at most every three hours. Finally, the control of the bite and the habit of being alone: two fundamental steps and not postponed. The dog alone can not realize that it can hurt, so it is very important to make him understand right away where he is wrong; the secret lies in the response and in the behavior of the master who with his reactions should not induce the dog to continue what he believes a game. When you bite your hand, you emit a sharp yelp, like a puppy would. Keep your hand steady and stop playing. The puppy will learn that after a bite he will not receive any more attention. The puppy could try to remedy his bite by rubbing and licking his hand. Praise him with a sweet voice and reward him with food, then continue to play with him. He will learn that playing the right way will receive a reward. Do not spank him to reciprocate the pain that made you feel. Physical punishments will only lead the animal to be afraid of you. Also, never play too violently, because hard play causes him to increase aggression.
As for being alone at home there are some rules to follow to make sure that this thing is not experienced as a trauma.
First of all you must gradually get to leave the dog alone, so you will start by making sure that you do not follow us all the time and then you will try to leave it for a few minutes in a room. If you start crying you should not immediately go to reassure it, but it would be better to wait until it stopped. These exercises should be performed several times by gradually increasing the time when the child is alone and when you come back to him you should not incite him in the feasts that he can do, this in order to pass this thing as a normal event that we do not you must amaze. Another important rule not to be overlooked is to leave the puppy a pastime during our absence, this will help to keep busy and quiet, so as not to decide to ransack the house. An object useful for this purpose that we recommend is the “Kong”, a hard rubber object, inside it, in which it is possible to insert food. The puppy will take time to try and extract the food, thus distracting himself from destroying his much-loved grandmother’s wicker chair.
It is however always advisable to attend puppy classes, which are nothing more than socialization and basic education sessions, specifically for puppies.