By Laura Pakis, Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Blogger
Does your dog have good manners?
While greeting visitors in your house with a hug or kiss may be a welcoming gesture, jumping on them and licking their face could be seen as coming on a little strong. Most people understand this, but many have failed to relay the message to the most eager, excitable members of their family.
Visitors do not always share the same passion for dogs as the owners. Getting drenched in drool or, in the worst case, feeling the pierce of a canine’s canines may ensure it will be their last visit.
Listed below are step-by-step instructions of ways to teach your dog to be patient, well behaved, and polite.
- Have your dog sit at the door until verbally released before going out the door
- Have your dog sit at the door until verbally released before entering the door and again when inside. You can even have your dog sit while you wipe each one of his paws dry of mud or rain.
- A dog cannot run out of the house or jump out of the car if he is sitting
- Have your dog sit while you examine his eyes, nose, mouth, ears
- A dog cannot jump on a person if he is sitting
- Have your dog sit in conjunction with giving him his food dish. You can also practice taking away his food dish while he is eating.
- A dog cannot lunge at the end of a leash
- Have your dog sit while someone is petting him
- A dog cannot knock over a small child if you ask him to sit instead
- Have your dog sit when putting on his collar
- A dog cannot yank you on a leash while you are talking with a neighbor if he is sitting
- Have your dog sit while you brush him or cut his nails
- Keeps your dog’s focus on you
- Heel your dog to the car and have him sit before entering
- Heel your dog when he is over-excited or anxious
- A dog can be kept out from underfoot while you are preparing dinner in a down
- Put your dog in a down when answering the doorbell
- A dog cannot knock or trample someone if he is in a down
- Have your dog in a down while eating dinner
- A dog can be kept from begging if he is in a down
- A dog that will down for you in a public situation around distractions is a good sign the dog is under control. This dog will more likely be invited over friends’ and family’s homes, outdoor cafes, local businesses.
- Can bring peace to your household
- Is useful when you are at the vet
- Have your dog stand when you brush him
- Is useful when you are at the groomers
- Have your dog stand while you bath him
- Allows you to make your way around your dog when you need to
- Is taught so that you will have the ability to keep your dog safe should the need arise
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