Dr. Jan is a firm follower of the principles of exercize, discipline, and then affection to raise the perfect puppy, ensuring that his behaviour will be exemplary, or at least acceptable. It is when a puppy is given boundaries that he becomes well balanced and calm. Communicate with your puppy on their level, a pack animal; respect the fact that they are first animal, then dog, then breed. Raising a puppy isn’t necesarily training the puppy. Raising the perfect puppy involves intergrating him into the pack, whereas training him involves commands like “sit”, “stay”, “down”.
Health and Wellness begins simply with being “at one”, or in sync, with your dog while in the home environment, or out on a walk. Having your pet on a leash beside you, tells your dog that you are in charge and that there is nothing to worry about. Many believe that they are giving their pets freedom by permitting them to be out front but it is just the opposite. The dog perceives a need to protect you and thus may get into battles that are unnecessary to pick. There are a multitude of behaviours that can be termed unstable, like the fear of thunder, phobias, aggression, and other behaviours that make it difficult for dogs to integrate into the requirements that humans might rightly, or erroneously, place on them. Health and wellness begins by taking the leadership role – this does not imply dominance. It is the order in which it is applied that is important. Exercise, discipline (rules, boundaries, limitations, structure, leadership), then affection.
There may be medical reasons for a dogs’ seemingly aberrant behaviour; this is where Dr. Jan can help using a multi-disciplinary approach to determine the origin of a dogs’ apparently abnormal or unstable behaviour.