Do you notice that your dog goes nuts when meeting a new person? Does your dog jump up and knock friends over?
There are some basic commands your dog should know to not be considered the “Dennis the Menace” of your neighborhood. If you bring your dog to daycare, the dog park, or hang out at cafes and bars that allow dogs, it would be great if you made sure your dog has manners and doesn’t freak anyone out or embarrass you to becoming a recluse.
Here are 7 tips that every dog and their owner should know
1: When walking your dog on public streets use a leash. Some people are scared of dogs and some people do not like dogs. It keeps your dog too: squirrels, cats, and crazy bike riders could scare your dog and with a leash you can quickly act and make sure no one gets hurt.
2: When passing people and other dogs on the street move to the right or left to pass without conflict. No one wants to be wrapped or tripped by a leash.
3: Always carry a bag to clean up after your dog.
4: If your dog is mouthy and nips work with your dog to break that bad habit. Friends may not appreciate a dog who chews on their hands or grabs the bottom of their shirt and tears a hole.
5: Make sure your dog knows to sit, stay, and comes when called.
6: Try your best to make sure your dog does not jump up on strangers, especially if your dog is medium to large. Tell your friends to not excite your dog when they say hello. Best tip is to ignore your dog for a few minutes until the initial excitement wears off.
7: If you want to bring your dog to daycare or the dog park, make sure your dog is socialized and interacts positively. If your dog does not get along well with many dogs you may find yourself leaving the dog park within minutes with a grouchy dog in tow.
A well behaved dog takes time, effort, and consistency. Training can be fun but also hard. If your dog has a few bad habits, consider finding a trainer for a few lessons. Always remember, exercise helps too… a tired dog is often a good dog.