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Barking Up The Wrong Tree: Dos And Don’ts For Training Your Dog

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

Most of us had pets growing up and they continue to be part of our lives and families once we’re out on our own and with families of our own.

But, having a well-behaved pet, like my husband says, is all in how you train it. And training takes love, time, and patience. For best results the experts offer the following advice.

1. Go For An Early Morning Walk: Experts suggest taking your pooch out for a prominade first thing after waking up, since most dogs are built to be active. When activity is not part of their routine, energy gets stored and your pup may wind up pouncing on your furniture. Experts suggest a 45 minute walk or run after work and/or hiring (if affordable) a midday dog walker. Remember, a dog that’s used up his/her energy outdoors will be better behaved indoors.

2. Use Love Not Violence: While it’s perfectly acceptable to admonsish your pooch and even use touch to convey the point, expert suggest it’s never suggested you hurt or hit your pet when it breaks the rules. Experts suggest grabbing firmly but gently by a tuft at the nape of the neck and offering a gentle nudge, just enough so your pet can feel it and know what he or she did was wrong.

3. Take Control: Experts suggest that while you do want a “relationship” and “friendship” with your dog, you also want to let him or her know who is boss. They note that dogs don’t follow friends, but they “do” follow leaders.

4. Act Like An OWNER: Pet professionals say pets know the qualities of a leader. Establish authority by keeping head and should up and walking tall. Also make sure your pub only acts on your command. And, make sure to be firm, especially since dogs respond (well) to consistent structure and routine.

5. Secure Professional Help: If you pooch exhibits behaviour that is beyond your “expertise” or control, consider seeking out the help of a dog trainer.

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