For the Field: Puppy Training
Meet Faith. This sweet 6 month old Australian Shepherd is one of many adoptable pups rescued by our amazing neighbors at CARE. Faith is currently participating in the Paws in Prison program, where she receives obedience training, and is expected to graduate as an AKC Canine Good Citizen in September.
A recent conversation with one of our favorite canine coaches inspired us to share a few tidbits of wisdom. After all, getting a pet is a complicated deal. And, like most important life decisions, there are no quick and easy answers. But knowing a fellow dog lover with years of experience in animal care is a real plus! Here are a few of the tips she shared:
Dogs, like people, have a lot of personality. Take some time to get to know your animal, and study up on breed characteristics that work best with your lifestyle. For instance, all dogs need exercise to burn calories, stimulate their minds, and stay healthy. However, individual exercise needs will vary based on breed, sex, age and level of health. Exercise will also help to avoid boredom, which can lead to destructive behaviors.
Establishing boundaries is important. Dogs are den animals by nature, so providing them with their own space can be helpful when it comes to house training and general household behavior. Beds like this one from Mississippi Made make a great place for your dog to curl up, providing a sense of security and style.
The same goes with "table manners". If you want to prevent begging, never feed them from your plate. Give your pup their own special bowl and dining area. This will help them to understand that your mealtime and theirs are separate. Teach them to stay in their own area while you are having your meals, and be sure to reward them afterward for good behavior.
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