Teaching good manners helps prevent over excitement, over attachment and separation anxiety, all of which can lead to aggression towards humans and dogs and or destructive behaviour including barking, howling and fowling.
Prevention is better than the cure!
- Teach puppies/dogs to sit for everything Inflatables Canada before you interact with them, i.e. before feeding, playing or walking.
- When playing or fussing your puppy/dog go down to their level. Do not allow jumping up.
- When playing with toys play low at the dogs level and stop and sit the puppy/dog every so often before starting again. End before the dog has had enough.
- Do not play fight or allow the dog to mouth any part of your body or jump or climb all over you.
- When visitors arrive do not let them over excite your puppy/dog, encourage visitors to first talk to you, and then interact with your animal by going down to their level. It is never all right for any one to allow a dog of any age to get over excited and jump up.
- Teach dogs to leave food until told to eat and do not allow begging.
- Teach dogs to allow you through doors first, discourage puppies/dogs from leaving or entering the house or any room before you.
- Examine and groom your dog every day to make sure they accept you touching every part of their body. Do not encourage the dog to tug or bite the towel when drying them.
- From a very early age encourage puppies/dogs to spend time in a room on their own when you are in. Use a dog gate to prevent them from following you all over the house. This helps when being left home alone, being admitted to the vets, or being left at a groomers or kennels. This will also help prevent separation anxiety.
- Leads and collars can be used indoors to control puppies and dogs, they are not just for outside work. Dog crates and dog gates are very good for allowing time out for over excited dogs as well as providing quiet places to rest away from busy households.