Dogs are man’s best friend, but they are not born to act like humans do. A dog with good manners is not born, but made. Just like kids, dogs need rules and boundaries to keep a healthy relationship. When they are well-mannered you will have confidence that your canine friend will abide by the rules even if you are not looking. This will prevent you from unnecessary stress. Bad dog behaviours can lead to unhappy owners and this can create unstable environment for your pets. Here are a few tips on reinforcing dog manners:
Don’t Delay Training
Start setting house rules immediately. Don’t make excuses like: “But she’s just a little baby!” The more you wait, the more difficult the training will be. This is why training pups are a lot easier than training grown dogs. When you start asserting on what behaviour is unacceptable at a very young age then they will come to accept it easily. When you let your dog be comfortable with very bad behaviour for a very long time then making changes will be quite a chore.
Most dog trainings fail due to the fact that most owners do not are not consistent on enforcing the new house rules. Tell everyone that it is not only your duty to ensure that your dog follows them-make it a family responsibility. Tell your loved ones that this is a serious issue and never allow them to spoil the dog. Never change the training halfway -this will lead to a lot of confusion and will make things harder for you.
Gone are the days where dog owners resort to spanking or splashing cold water to their face. This kind of discipline will make the dog unhappy and can also lead to more bad behaviors. Positive reinforcement is the key-never forget to be gentle and keep a calm, assertive energy. A simple “good girl or boy” or “good job” can go a long way. Never forget to be generous with the treats as well. Treats will be your key to keeping your dog well behaved.
Set the Environment
Dogs will not misbehave when they don’t see an opportunity. Keep the trash away from the dog’s line of sight and remove him or her from the area if he or she is doing something irritating.
Don’t Forget Exercise
Sometimes, the dog misbehaves because of all the energy that is not being released. Part of your obligation as a pet owner is to take at least an hour a day to give your dog some physical activity. Play fetch on the park or wear some skates. Skating will be a good exercise for you-plus the speed is more fun for your dog-compared to just walking.
Get Professional Help
When things get to be a little bit difficult (especially when you’re dealing with a grown pet), don’t hesitate to hire a professional dog trainer. Obedience classes for four to six months will be a good way for them to teach manners while socializing. That’s like hitting two birds with one stone. Ask around for good trainers, or you can find someone online.