A WELL-MANNERED DOG
Is your dog in dire need of some manners? We take a look at the common notion of raising a well-mannered dog and why responsible pet ownership is vital to the health and wellbeing of your companion animal.
“He’s just so naughty.”
“She won’t listen to anything I say.”
“He drools when guests are over.”
“She jumps all over the kids.”
He steals food all of the time.”
Sound familiar? In many dog households, these embarrassing issues (and many more) are the hidden and annoying secrets pet owners hold about their canine companions. For some, it’s a case of the dog being shoved outside or away when guests are over. Or more often than not, lots and lots of shouting (GET OUT, OFF or AWAY!).
Needless to say, the dog who has no manners is a dog who is in desperate need of training. Why? Because with training you can abolish the problems and improve the dog/human bond.
But how can training stop a drooling, hungry hound? Well, to be honest, it won’t stop the drooling. However, it will allow you to ask your dog to remove them self when people are eating and more importantly, your beloved dog will actually listen.
This is the key. Your dog will listen to you and respond to you. Training should be viewed as an exercise that allows you to work alongside your dog as a team. Rather than you ‘telling your dog what to do’.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS
- Be clear on what you want to achieve. Do you want to stop your pooch from jumping or pulling on the lead or even humping? Have a clear goal of where you want your training to go.
- Make it fun and energetic.
- For serious concerns, call in the experts and enrol in a basic obedience class.
- Don’t be too embarrassed to find a solution. Even the most educated dog person can run into trouble.
- Be honest with yourself. If you notice your dog becoming aggressive around other dogs or children, it is your responsibly to seek help. If you become aware of unfavourable behaviour in your dog, seek professional help. Understanding why your dog is behaving in this way, and getting professional help will give you back control, regardless of the issue. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
What is a Responsible Pet Owner?
Responsible pet owner ensure they look after their pets’ wellbeing and health at all times. They will do everything possible to raise a well-mannered and trained dog who can be easily integrated into society. They will uphold the good name of the dog by attempting to solve any problems that may arise; will socialise and understand their chosen breed; will never hit or hurt their beloved companion, and will love them until their last breath, regardless of smelly farts, old age or annoying habits.
Choosing A Trainer
Not only does it matter that you choose the right trainer, but also the correct method of training. Do not tolerate anyone hitting or hurting your animal. Training should be a positive experience for your dog. Again the word TEAM is very important. Look around, and ask for referrals and trust your instinct. Ensure your chosen obedience school or home-trainer is experienced with a good track record. Most importantly, be honest with your trainer. You cannot solve your dog’s secret problems if you are in denial about the issues at hand.