Tips to keep your dog behaving his holiday best
(NC) The holidays are here and what better gift to give yourself than a well-mannered dog? Trainer Julian Bronk from leading retailer, PetSmart, shares the following tips to make sure your furry friend is well-behaved:
• Teach your dog to sit politely for greetings: For best success, put your dog on a leash before people start arriving. Not only will you be able to control him if he begins to jump, but you'll also avoid him running out the door. Tell your guests that they are in training and he needs to be polite before they say “hello” to him. Have your dog sit (using a treat if necessary) and once he's sitting and calm, then let your guests pet him.
• Keep him in another room: If answering the door with the dog in tow is too difficult, it may be best to keep him in another room, in his crate, or outside until everyone has arrived.
• Don't let guests feed him: Often people are tempted to feed your dog some inappropriate goodies - or he may be tempted to steal some. It's best if you teach him to stay on a bed or mat, within sight of you, but out of the way. You should start this training early, by walking him over to the mat and when he steps on it, tell him “Good Boy!” and give him a treat.
• Prepare a quiet place: Not all dogs are cut out for all the excitement of the holidays. As always, don't put him in a situation where he cannot be successful. It's a good idea to have a quiet place for your dog to go when he's had too much.
The holidays are a time to enjoy the ones you love. Teaching your dog some basic skills means he can be an enjoyable part of the celebration. Additional training tips are available online at www.petsmart.com.
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