4 Tips for Teaching Your Dog Good Habits and Etiquette

Whether your precious pooch is a pup or has greying hair, the love between you and your dog knows no bounds. If you are like many dog owners, you bring your dog with you when you socialize and run errands throughout the day. However, bringing him or her with you can be challenging if your pet is not well-behaved. If you enjoy bringing your dog out and about with you, following these four tips aid with dog training and etiquette. 

1. Bring Along Supplies

Whether you are dining on a restaurant patio or walking at a park, having pet-friendly supplies handy makes a huge difference in keeping your dog content and under control. No matter where you are headed, have a leash and pet waste bags readily available. While situations vary, he or she will probably be on the leash most of the time you are out. Harnesses are a great way to keep your pet under control while minimizing injuries to his or her neck. 

Keep a stash of healthy treats nearby. They can be used as a snack or as a way to entice him or her to behave.

2. Monitor Your Stress Level

If you are like many people, you feel stressed on a regular basis. According to one article, in the past month, three-fourths of those surveyed reported feeling average to elevated levels of stress. That stress, especially work-related stress caused by long hours, can impact your dog and cause his or her stress to increase. This might cause your pet to become anxious and act out in public.

By keeping your stress in check, you help your dog maintain a content attitude. Be mindful of your stress level; when you feel it increasing, find practices to calm down. Focus on your breathing, do yoga, take a short walk or spend 15 minutes doing something you enjoy; all these are fantastic ways to reset. 

3. Restrict Jumping

Whether you are somewhere with a bunch of other dogs and owners or walking through town, be sure your pup does not jump on people or other dogs. Even social dogs can misinterpret the jump as a sign of aggression. Dog lovers can accidentally be injured, including scratches, bruising or broken bones, by a friendly jump.

Even well-trained dogs can get overexcited and jump when they meet a new person or dog. Keep your distance until your pet has regained his or her composure and can calmly interact with the other person or animal.

4. Hire A Professional

If your pet is having a tough time learning manners at home, it might be time to hire a professional. Dog training lessons are a terrific way to teach your pup doggie etiquette. Group classes not only teach dogs how to behave but also give them a chance to interact with other dogs. 

If your dog does not play well with others, private lessons are a safer training route. Some trainers will even come to your home, so your pet can learn behaviors in the comfort of his or her environment before venturing into public.

Nothing beats a day going out and about with your dog by your side. Taking these proactive steps helps ensure he or she is well-behaved during activities, so you can both have a fantastic day together. 

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