How to properly educate your dog

Do you have a puppy? Are you planning to adopt a puppy or an adult dog? Here is some helpful advice from François Guiot, a dog guide at the Puppy School – trained with Société Centrale Canine – and president of the Chaumont-Choignes dog club.

JHM: What are the criteria to keep in mind to choose a breed suitable for its lifestyle?

Francois Guiot: “No race is adapted to sleeping quietly all day on the couch waiting for its master to return. Should not be selected based solely on the criteria of appearance and aesthetics, it is necessary to ask questions about the behavioral characteristics of the future dog breed according to the temperament of the owner (sporting, domesticated). The buyer must be willing to spend time with his or her dog. »

JHM: Do you have any advice when choosing a puppy or should you just follow your instincts?

FG: “You have to think about the dog budget and the change in lifestyle in the family. We can follow its instincts but we can help it by a few selection criteria: sire and dam observations, breeding environment, siblings and health checks.

The minimum period is eight weeks by law for adoption. If the mother dog takes care of the puppies, it is better to adopt about two and a half months or three months. »


JHM: What are the concerns or advantages of transitioning to adopting an adult dog?

FG: “In general, an adult dog has been potty trained and has basic obedience. The defined aesthetic characteristics, the easier the temperament is to define. The concern is that a dog’s acclimatization to a new world may take time (3 to 6 weeks), after which it may exhibit very different behaviors than it did at the time of adoption. »

JHM: How to welcome your puppy at home properly?

FG: “At week eight, the puppy is still clinging to its mother. You must create a new attachment: if possible, take a few days off, at least the weekend. And keep your home safe by paying attention to electrical cords and hazardous products. Children who cannot recognize dog signals should never be left alone with dogs. »

JHM: What are the priorities for the puppy’s education?

FG: “Clean; continued to learn the self-control (gnaw, bite, excitement) his mother had begun to teach him. »


JHM: What are the advantages of joining specific dog clubs and schools?

FG : “Puppies learn in groups playfully about who it is, with whom to socialize, how to stop social interactions or even conflicts, and in what environment to feel comfortable. »

JHM: What problems do teachers face most often?

FG: “Sometimes a dog doesn’t fit the owner’s personality or lifestyle, but that’s more of an issue with dog sellers. Owners must try to think about dogs, which requires taking the time to observe their dogs. »

JHM: What activities would you recommend to facilitate the development of the handle dog duo?

FG: “Diverse and rich games: physical games (chase); Cognitive game: find hidden food/toys or think. The game develops understanding and communication between partners. »

Interview by Sylvie C. Staniszewski

François Guillot is trained with the Société central dog.

Read more: High class at Chaumont Choignes’ canin club.

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