A dog isn’t just your best friend. He’s your partner, and he goes with you everywhere. That’s why you need a well-behaved dog, i.e. one who doesn’t lunge at people in public. Read on for tips on how to teach your dog good manners.
Socialize, socialize, socialize
The best way to socialize your dog is to get him out in public. Take your dog to the dog park, to the farmer’s market, to the tractor store. Most pet department stores allow dogs on leash. That’s a good way to get your dog used to the sight and sounds of other dogs.
Walk your dog every day. A walked dog is a calm dog and one who is used to being outside the house. Walking with your dog creates a bond with him and makes it easier for you to teach useful commands.
Before or after your outdoor adventures you can also teach your dog public etiquette at home. Good commands for your dog to know are “Sit,” “Stay,” “Down,” “No bark,” and “Leave it.” Prioritize these commands over “roll over” and “shake hands.”
True dog lovers don’t mind a dog jumping on them, but other people do. You need to teach your dog to wag his tail when he meets new people, but not to bark or put front paws on them. When you meet someone you know on the street, keep your dog on a short leash to keep him from jumping up on your acquaintance. Give him a treat as soon as someone approaches you.
Similarly, your dog needs to respect other dogs. It’s perfectly natural for dogs who are meeting each other for the first time to sniff faces and butts. We might find it repulsive, but this is actually good dog etiquette. It indicates good intention.
On the other hand, it is not okay for your dog to growl or attempt to rumble with another dog. If your dog has poor social skills around people or other dogs, it’s time to hire professional help. Find a good dog trainer and work with them in a class or one on one.
Raise a good puppy
If you are staring with a puppy, it is relatively easy to have a good, well socialized dog. But there is a hefty time commitment involved in making sure your puppy will be a good-natured dog who loves everyone.
Many experts recommend “puppy parties” in which you introduce a variety of people to your puppy at your home. You need to invite people of both genders, different ethnicities, and different ages to these parties. That way, your puppy will enjoy all people, old and young, black and white, male and female.
Is your dog well mannered at home?
It’s also important that your dog has good manners while in your home. If your dog barks a lot during the day, she might be bothering neighbors.
In general, dogs should be left inside the house during the day when you are at work, not in the yard, even it is fully fenced. This is for your animal’s safety and for the peace and quiet of your neighbors.
If your house is built close to the houses next door, your barking dog may be bothering neighbors, even while in the house. A tape recorder or other type of recording device can help you discover how often your dog barks when you’re not home.
A dog that barks viciously every time the doorbell rings does not endear you to friends or acquaintances. Be sure that you are not reacting negatively or with too much drama to the sound of your doorbell. If you remain calm and detached when it rings, your dog will take his lead from you.
In conclusion, it takes patience to raise a good dog. But a dog that behaves well in public and when you have friends and family over is worth the effort. Take the time to teach your dog important commands, and you will be glad you did.
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