Many people have decided to host an Afghan greyhound as a companion animal in their home, and the vast majority for their majestic fur and elegance and for their character. If you are one of these people and your dog does not behave as you would like or you do not even know where to start to educate him, then this article is for you because in a PetOClub we show you the steps so that you learn how to educate an Afghan greyhound and that results Be a success, so read on.
This breed of dog is very dependent on its human companion and loves the pampering and attention, which will make the process of education and learning easier, since at all times you will want to have a good relationship and be with the person who looks after him well
Steps to follow:
The Afghan greyhound is very obedient and, like any other animal, can not bear being treated badly or being yelled at. In addition, if they do not know a person they are a little distrustful, so it will be essential to leave a few days of adaptation to your new home, so that little by little you can trust with your human companion or new family if you are several in home. This will make it easier to teach him the basic rules and educate him.
It is recommended that we begin to educate a puppy at 7 weeks of age and ideally still be with his mother when this process begins. It is scientifically proven that the younger a dog is when they are taught new things, the easier they have to retain this information and integrate it. But if we welcome him when he is already an adult or older, the education process is the same, although it may take a little more patience.
We have to bear in mind that the puppy must have a motivation that gives him energy to perform certain actions and persist in them. Without motivation you can not produce any kind of desired behavior.
Before beginning the education work of an Afghan greyhound, we must investigate what motivates him and use it in our favor. Normally food type awards or that you like our puppy a lot will be enough. They also serve caresses and games when it fulfills what we want to teach, as a positive reinforcement.
There are different forms of education and learning, but the one that leads us to success is learning through the association of different stimuli, that is, if we want the dog not to bark when someone comes to visit us, what we have to do is ignore it when you are doing it and when you calm down, that is to say when you have this unwanted behavior, we will give you a prize or caresses. So we will be ignoring a bad behavior (barking), never have to punish unwanted behavior because it can produce problems such as fears and aggression, and we will be rewarding a good behavior (be calm). We will repeat this action as many times as necessary until it associates that when it does not bark it receives a prize, so in the long run it will stop doing it.
One of the problems also common in dogs that have just arrived at a new home is that they urinate around the house. Therefore, it is important to take him out for a walk, especially when he is a puppy, since if he urinates many times in the house he will end up getting used to it. To avoid or solve this problem, we will reward the puppy or adult dog when it needs to be done in the desired place of the house, a garden, a terrace or newspapers, or when the dog does their needs on the street. This way you will learn that if you do them in the place that we want, you will receive something good, so we will not have that problem anymore.
The fact of allowing him to make needs in some area of the house prepared for it does not replace walks on the street or parks or excursions, since going outside does much more than his needs, relates to his environment, learns, spends accumulated energy, etc., being a much more balanced Afghan greyhound. In this other article we explain how to teach a dog to do his needs outside the home.
About socializing with other dogs, we have to start as soon as possible. It is advisable to walk the greyhound with non-stretchable straps, because if they see something that attracts their attention, they will run towards it, so it is better to use fixed straps even if they are long and we adjust them.
When we meet other dogs on the street we will approach and let him socialize with everyone, unless the other dog shows signs of not wanting to approach or if ours behaves showing fear, until you can communicate on your own with all kinds of dogs without any problem.
This is important because the greyhound is a somewhat shy animal and if they do not get used to it then they may be afraid of other dogs, which is not recommended. If you think it is difficult for you to get it, do not hesitate to contact an ethologist or a canine educator.
The biggest doubt that the owners of an Afghan greyhound have is how to take away from their pet that fear that they usually have to the unknown and to things in movement, since they are usually very scary dogs.
The trick is to ignore it when something scares you and ignore the object of that fear. For example, if we are at home and our puppy hears a loud noise that frightens and starts to shake, we will not run to hug him and tell him that nothing happens because he will associate that the fact that when he trembles his human partner likes him and / o that something bad really happens so you have to be afraid. If we see that the greyhound is afraid, we will continue doing what we were doing without paying attention. This way we will get him to see that we do not consider that stimulus that has caused him fear as a danger and he will end up getting used to it.
It is important that a process of detachment be carried out. How is it done? Well, everything depends on its owner.
It is about that the dog does not depend on anyone. If we are every day on our puppy giving love, taking it to all the places we go and letting it always be by our side, understanding that we refer to perform these acts as something constant and excessive, in the long run it will cause us serious problems. The worst problem will be that when we leave home and leave him alone, surely, we will cause damage in this, because he will feel alone to not have our presence, which causes anxiety. This is called separation anxiety.
If we want to avoid this, we will not allow the dog to go with us to all the rooms in the house, we will let him lose sight of us at times and see that nothing happens to be alone. He will have his rest area, which we will teach him how to use, giving him prizes every time he pays attention to us, so that he will not be all day on us and he will not be created a serious dependency.
As you can see, educating an Afghan hound is not difficult, it only takes time and patience. We are sure that now that you know more about the education of this breed you will put everything into practice and you will have an exemplary mascot!