Dog Etiquette Starts With a Well-Trained Owner
Dogs can be a great addition to your life. They love unconditionally and are extremely loyal, and the way they wag their tails on even the rainiest days makes their owners and others smile. But not everyone loves dogs. Some only like well-behaved pets, and others want nothing to do with your pooch at all. A tame and obedient dog—one who won’t leap on strangers in the park—requires an owner mindful of others and committed to training and discipline.
Jumping dogs scare and can possibly injure
One of the most annoying canine problem behaviors is jumping. It’s important to always keep your dog on a leash and under your control, but even then, an untrained dog will often try to jump up on you or others. For a dog, this behavior makes sense to him as a greeting ritual, a sign of submission to his master, or just a way to spend some pent-up energy. To humans, jumping is a nuisance that can cause injuries to children and the elderly or infirm. Luckily, this behavior is very easy to correct, but like most training, it requires diligence on the owner’s part.
Here are some tips to nip jumping in the bud:
Training. If your dog tries to jump on you when you come home, simply walk away from him. Wait about a minute and then pet and greet the dog.
Restraint. If your dog often tries to jump on others while you walk, it’s your job to hold the leash taut and restrain the animal.
Counter-command. Since it is difficult to train any animal to not do something, teach your dog to sit or heel whenever approached. This takes a lot of practice and repetition but is a key way to calm a dog.
Barking annoys even when the dog can’t harm anyone
Another canine faux pas is when owners permit their dog to bark at every person, animal, or blowing leaf that the dog sees. Just like jumping, dogs bark for a few reasons. They may be acting territorial, alerting owners of another’s presence, or just greeting the passerby. This bad behaviour can make walking a dog difficult as others may see him as threatening, but it also is a nuisance to neighbours when the dog is confined to the yard or the house.
Silence your barker with a few easy steps:
Sight barriers. If your dog likes to spend the entire day looking out the front window and barking at everything, try drawing the curtains or blocking off that room.
Devices. There are several barking-cessation devices such as spray collars that can be effective in training and deterrence.
Training. Teaching your dog to settle upon your command is a good way to encourage restraint in barking.
Don’t forget to scoop the poop, no matter where it lies
Picking up after your dog is an important pet owner responsibility. It’s necessary to remove waste from public areas as dog faeces can spread several diseases, such as giardia, roundworms, salmonella, and ecoli. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, pet waste doesn’t simply decompose and disappear. It contaminates the soil, adding harmful bacteria to the playgrounds, parks, and other public spaces where your dog does his business. Since children play in these areas, it’s important to bag up your dog’s poop and dispose of it properly. Some municipalities provide doggie-doo stations, with baggies and designated receptacles, but if you are not sure, it’s easy to put a plastic bag in your pocket before you take that walk.
Also, consider your responsibility as a homeowner to make your yard clean and safe for visitors and make sure to remove waste often. Many easy-to-use dog scoops are available, but one of the easiest solutions for a clean yard is an in-ground stool digester. These systems dissolve pet waste through enzymes just like a septic system, resulting in a non-harmful liquid product that is released into the soil.
Dog etiquette starts with the dog owner. With training and a little hard work, you can be a proud owner of a well-behaved dog who will be tolerated by the even the most animal-averse neighbour.
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