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"Be Consitent" - by Jean Marcellus, PCE Trainer/Daycare Supervisor PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Adam   
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 16:31

Now that's a New Year's Resolution we can all keep!  "Be Consistent" means sitting down as a family.  Make a list of all the things you love about your puppy or dog(s); and all the things you don’t like (what you'd like to change in their behaviour).

All too often your dog/puppy is getting in trouble because each person in the household has a different set of rules. Dogs need to know what's expected of them, and if you're not consistent with rules, it creates an unstable learning environment, which could potentially lead to an unstable animal.

Post the rules pertaining to your dog's behaviour & habits that you'd like to achieve on your refrigerator; make sure every family member knows what the rules are, and acts on them accordingly.  If they're not consistently delivered, chances are you'll each have a hand in creating an anxiety-ridden dog.

Here are a few simple examples, to get you thinking:

Does your dog/puppy know what to do at dinner time?  Is he/she to go to their crate, lie down on their mat or lie down under the table?  Make sure both dogs - and humans - know they're required to do.

Are they allowed to lie on the couch or a bed?  Do some family members say yes/others no?!  Again, such mixed messages can only add to their confusion.  Make sure everyone understands, and you'll be well on your way to raising a stable dog, for all to enjoy.  Happy New Year! cool Jean

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 January 2012 21:43
 


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