Puppy Personalities

Reporter: Cassie Silver

They say you can't choose your family but when it comes to furry family members you can.

Neri Karazija is a dog behaviourist and trainer; she says you've got to pick the personality before picking the pup.

When it comes to the puppy pyramid you've got the dominant- the top dog. "First to the food bowl, first to running up to anyone and often quite vocal as well"

Then there's the social pup. "They're often playing with each other but they're easily distracted when you call them you can get them out of the situation. You take your dog to a room you grab a ball and maybe bounce the ball and if the dog reacts by looking at the ball that's a good sign if the dog doesn't really care. Perhaps not the dog for you"

The independent pooch. "Placing it in the middle of the room and then walking off now it your puppy follows you that's a good sign is the puppy walks away from you maybe you've got an independent dog on your hands"

And the timid type. "They may take a little extra this dog is definitely for someone with a lot of patience and a calm disposition and is willing to put time and effort into socialising this dog properly"

Belinda Seydel and her family are looking for the perfect puppy. Perth's Dog Whisperer here to lend a hand or paw. When it comes to training your new furry family member Neri says it's all about timing. Neri says "if the puppy's chewed one of your shoes and you come home and you punish the dog for that behaviour the puppy has no idea why it's getting in trouble"

So if it's time to punish you're pooch, you've got 2 seconds to do it. "After the fact if you walk into a room and you find a puddle there it's too late you just have to grin and bear it put the puppy outside and clean it up"

Then there's inadvertent reinforcement, being rewarded for behaviour which is undesirable. "If the dog is jumping up people might have a tendency to pick the dog up which then reinforces that behaviour jumping up gets me picked up so what a great behaviour I'm going to continue to do that"

Neri's biggest tip when it comes to tough love, actions speak louder than words. "Ignore your puppy when you get home, hard to do. So when you get home no eye contact just ignore the dog for about 10 minutes and then you can show it attention once the dog is calm. I'm not saying you can't cuddle, love pat and smooch your dog it's just gotta be when they're giving you a decent behaviour a nice behaviour a calm behaviour"

Further Details

www.dogwhispering.com.au

Neri has a book coming out in the next few weeks - (both eBook and real book form) about how to socialise your puppy - it's called 'the ten dogmandments, a guide on socialising your puppy" - and once available you can buy through the website.