Keep reading for tips to Teach Your Furry Friends Doggie Etiquette
I have already informed my kids that once they leave the nest I have big plans for their bedrooms and their childhood home…
I will be converting it into an animal shelter- a refuge for any living, breathing creatures who find themselves in need of a warm bed, food and some TLC.
While I'm not quite sure how on board my kids are with this; my daughter has requested that I leave her room intact to which I've assured her– she can sleep in said rooms surrounded by lots of furry lil playmates…we're still working out the logistics.
And if your kids are clamoring for a furry friend and you need to know how to avoid the doghouse with your kids who are begging and pleading for a pooch?
My Number #1 piece of advice HEAD to a dog rescue on the weekend and offer to have your kids help out in any way they can- whether it cleaning poop, cages or hauling supplies and see JUST how much responsibility they are willing to take on. This way you will really be able to gauge just how badly your kids want a fur sibling and if they are mature enough to take care of him!
And if you live anywhere else in the country START with The ASPCA here: https://www.aspca.org/team-aspca?ms=wb_rig_otherways-waystogive&initialms=wb_rig_otherways-waystogive
I also thought it would be a perfect time to share some training tips to help relieve those you dog parents who have run into a bit of stress caused by your slightly unruly furbabies. According to The Humane Society of the United States,one of the top documented reasons why people give up their furry friends is due to the pooch exhibiting bad behavior.
In a time when more than 8 million animals enter shelters each year, it is important to promote responsible pet ownership to help pets find and stay in their forever homes. Training not only helps to build a strong owner-dog relationship, but it gives you a reason to spend quality one-on-one time with your pet.
Keep reading for 7 tips to Teach Your Furry Friends Doggie Etiquette
7 tips to Teach Your Furry Friends Doggie Etiquette
#1 Chew Toys: All dogs unintentionally chew, rip and slobber on items that you might prefer them not to. Until your puppy can be trusted not to destroy your home, do not allow them to roam around unsupervised. Give Fido an area of his own where he can enjoy himself when you are out of the house or unable to closely monitor him. Flood this area with a variety of toys. He will naturally learn to chew and play with these items instead of yours. Also, be sure to protect your belongings by storing them in places that aren't easily accessible.
#2 Dinner Time: You may find that every time you sit down for a meal your pet runs up to the table for a snack as well. If you do not want your pet to ask for food while you are eating, teach him a “go to your place” command to steer him away from the table. Offer Fido a doggy treat once he has learned this command to prevent him from hanging around the dinner table.
#3 Potty Training: If you're having issues with your dog urinating inside of the house, it can be for one of a few possible reasons:
The dog might be dealing with a medical condition such as a urinary tract infection
The dog might be anxious and in distress about being left alone
The dog was left alone for longer than he can hold his bladder
He is not fully house-trained
Be sure to take Fido for walks regularly and consult with a veterinarian for possible health issues that may be related to this behavior.
#4 Move Around: Exercise is the key! A majority of behavior issues stem from the lack of proper exercise. At least one 30-minute walk per day is sufficient for most dogs. Playing in the backyard or in the house does not count as exercise.
#5 Seek Outside Help: If you're finding difficulty in training your pet, try taking a pet training class. A professional can help you learn the skills needed to make changes in your pet's behavior. Getting your dog to respect you is critical to having your dog listen to you. It may be beneficial to seek assistance from someone who is skilled in this area.
#6 Don't Do it Alone: Socializing your dog can have a tremendous effect on their development and interactions at home. Newly socialized dogs become calmer, friendly, affectionate, and can adapt better to a new environment. Camp Bow Wow understands the benefits of social interaction and exercise, and offers group and private training classes through its Behavior Buddies program for pets. Training classes are held at Camp Bow Wow locations nationwide, as well as at client's homes.
#7 Teaching An Old Dog A New Trick: Despite the common myth that you can't train older dogs, older dogs actually learn quite well. Not only will doing some reward-based training help you and your new dog create a positive bond, it will also help keep your dog's brain active and challenged.
And if you are considering FOSTERING or even adopting a furry friend into your family TODAY is a great day to check out the pet bios of some very ADOPTABLE furbabies who can be seen at the Aspca Please apply at The Aspca!
so got any Doggie Etiquette tips to add?