Undated -- Congratulations on owning a pet, now it's time to learn some training tips.
Barkbusters.com supplied the following tips for dog and owner etiquette.
- Your dog should always stay on your property.
- Clean up after your dog if he leaves a mess on your neighbor's lawn.
- Do not allow your dog to bark uncontrollably at or jump on visitors.
- If your dog is a nuisance barker, keep him indoors when you're not at home. If he barks when you are at home, learn ways to manage his barking to help you enjoy a quieter home.
- Keep your dog off of tables or countertops where food is prepared of served.
- Keep your dog under control when outdoors by keeping him on a leash or under voice control.
- Even if your dog is off leash in an approved area, supervise him at all times.
- Pick up after your dog. Carry cleanup bags with you at all times.
- If your dogs drools, keep a towel handy to clean up his slobber on people or things.
- If someone is hiking or running, step aside to give them space or to get by you.
- Don't just bring your pet along to a gathering, make sure he is invited by the host.
- Even if your dog is friendly, do not let him approach every person, not everyone likes or is comfortable with dogs.
Keep Your Dog From Destructive Behaviors:
- Boredom can lead your dog to misbehave or engage in destructive behaviors like chewing and digging.
- Get your dog plenty of durable toys to keep him entertained
- Apply a foul tasting product onto items you don't want him to chew.
Dog Safety Tips for Parents & Children:
- Never leave a child or baby alone with a dog
- Do not allow your child to feed a dog unsupervised
- Do not allow your child to pull on the dog's collar
Bringing Home a Shelter or Rescue Dog
- Hold a family meeting to create rules about caring for the dog- will he be allowed on the couch, the bed, and in all rooms of the house? Where will he sleep and eat? As a family, you must agree on rules or else you will confuse the dog
- Bring your new dog home when you can be there for a few days so you can get to know each other and establish rules
- Before you bring your dog into the home, take him for a walk to tire him out a little
- At first, limit your dog to one room or area. Allow him time to become familiar with the smells and sounds of his new home.
- Keep your dog on a leash for the first two weeks so you can teach him what behaviors are and aren't acceptable