7 Tips for Dog Owners
Posted by Liz Taylor Aug 02, 2011
This blog post is a sizeable shift from my usual blogs but something happened over the weekend that I want to share. My nine month yellow lab, Molly, had such horrible behavior that my husband and I decided to send her to a three week “boarding school” to get her trained. What did she do? Molly bit my mom’s finger (a complete accident, but still), scratched three holes in our kitchen wall (apparently dogs love the calcium carbonate in sheetrock), almost died running after too many cars to count and the list goes on… and on...
I’m sure my dog is an extreme case of wild and crazy, but I knew it was time to properly train her. If you are wondering how well you behave as a dog owner along with your dog, think about the following pet-iquette tips, in case you or your dog need to brush up:
- Your dog should successfully listen to your commands, “Come”, “Sit” and “Stay”.
- Always carry a plastic bag for when your dog has to go to the bathroom. There is nothing worse than a pet owner who ignores the accident.
- Dogs need exercise. Take them to a dog park to socialize with other dogs or go for a walk around the block... every day.
- Never allow your dog to prance on other neighbor’s yards or (gasp) step in their garden.
- If your dog likes to wander, invest in a fence such as, Invisible Fence. Nothing is worse than a neighbor knocking on your door with your pooch in hand (this happened with Molly twice in her first couple months and it was pretty embarrassing as we were new to the neighborhood).
- When you have your dog in public with you, understand that not everyone is going to think your dog is adorable. Hold their leash tightly to avoid any jumping or invasion of the other person’s space.
- If you have guests coming over, let them know you have a pet and put the pet in another room while you are entertaining.
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