Guest Post: Elliot Harvey’s Natural Health Column:
A name is important in establishing communications with the dog. It also helps her to feel like a valued member of the family. Use her name frequently until she learns it.
Positive training and exposure is the real key to building a relationship and developing a bond of trust with a dog. Punishment during the early development stages can adversely impact on building self-esteem and learning to trust. Avoid training with any method that involves physical discipline, such as swatting the pup, thumping it on the nose, or rubbing its face in a mess. Even avoid a loud or harsh voice.