PUPPY TRAIN­ING 101 AT THIS WORK­SHOP

Or­gan­ised by young Del­hi­ites Nidhi Sri­vas­tava and Ais­hani Mathur, the train­ing fo­cused on com­mands and so­cial­i­sa­tion for pup­pies

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Puppy train­ing work­shops are a pop­u­lar con­cept in the West — they’re re­lax­ing, in­for­ma­tive, and re­sult in a lot of bond­ing time for pets and their hu­mans. So, when one such work­shop, or­gan­ised by young Del­hi­ites Nidhi Sri­vas­tava and Ais­hani Mathur, made its way to the Cap­i­tal, we de­cided to at­tend it. As the pet par­ent of an un­ruly eight-year-old Ger­man Shep­herd, my hopes were in­stantly up, de­spite it be­ing a work­shop for pup­pies.

Pets in at­ten­dance in­cluded two Shih Tzus with their par­ents — Tim with Sh­weta Singh and Sid­hartha Khanna, and the feisty Bob Dhillon with par­ent Khy­ati Dhillon, apart from the beau­ti­ful LabradorIn­die mix Zorro. The ses­sion be­gan with an in­tro­duc­tion round. The par­ents were asked to speak of their and their pets’ goals, hob­bies, and long-term plans. The ex­er­cise was aimed at help­ing par­ents set re­al­is­tic goals for their furry ba­bies.

By the time the in­tros were done, Bob had al­ready de­cided his al­liances. While he liked Tim, Zorro was greeted with growls and lit­tle barks. Luck­ily for Zorro, though, the next ses­sion on ba­sic com­mands served to be quite a dis­trac­tion for Bob. ‘Sit’, ‘stay’, and ‘come’ were prac­ticed en­thu­si­as­ti­cally and while not all of the pooches mas­tered them, the com­mands surely made it to the #pet­goals.

The part of the work­shop that re­ally made an im­pact was pos­i­tive re­in­force­ment train­ing, where Nidhi and

Ais­haniA ex­plained that scold­ing/hit­tingg may seem to get your at­ten­tion,, and hence en­cour­age bad be­hav­iour. Re­minded of all the times I had to stand with my back to Tyson to stop him from run­ning away with a toy, I hoped th­ese new par­ents would treat this ad­vice as gold.

The last ses­sion for the day — puppy so­cial­i­sa­tion — was about why it was im­por­tant for a dog to be its hu­man’s dog. That as long as our pet has all its at­ten­tion fo­cused on us, it is okay if it does not get along well with other dogs. Hav­ing seen Tyson charg­ing at harm­less dogs to “pro­tect” me from them, I wished I had a dog who knew how to ig­nore other pets.

If you, too, would like to at­tend or or­gan­ise a puppy train­ing work­shop for your dogs, get in touch with Nidhi at dog­giver­sity@gmail.com.

Nidhi Sri­vas­tava ex­plains some im­por­tant prin­ci­ples of dog train­ing to the dog par­entsNikita Saxena

at a game e Zorro try­ing his paw at the work­shopSid­hartha Tim with Sh­weta Singh and Khanna Dog par­ent Khy­ati Dhillonfee­ds a yummy treat to her Shih Tzu, BobDhillon

Ais­hani Mathur with the Shih Tzu Tim

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