NEWS, SPORTS, COMMENTARY, POLITICS for Gloucester City and the Surrounding Areas of South Jersey and Philadelphia
by Dawn Watson (cnbnews.net)
Here are a few ways to make your dog be in control of your life:
- Reward him with cuddling every time he shows fear of people, noises, traffic, etc. He will understand that he gets rewarded for being afraid.
- Tell him, “It’s all right” when he growls at people. He will immediately know it’s all right to growl.
Allow him to growl at you when you try to get up on the couch next to him. He’s only letting you know that it’s HIS couch.
Let him put his paws on the table while you are eating. He is part of the family and can eat your food if it looks appealing.
Allow him to put his head out of the car window on family outings. People in passing cars love drive-by slobbering.
Laugh at him when he empties the kitchen waste basket onto the rug. It’s fun to clean up coffee grounds!
Let him lick the baby’s face after he cleans his private parts. It will help the baby tolerate ‘special’ germs.
Keep band-aids handy at all times. That way, when he bites you, you won’t have to interrupt playtime for very long.
Allow his nails to grow; he’ll be happier because no one will touch his paws and he won’t have wrestle anyone.
Keep his food bowl full so he doesn’t have to work for his food. No one should have to work for food!
Beg him to stop barking, using many different words and phrases to get your point across. Then, when he continues to bark, give up.
If you work very hard on all of these suggestions you will have a perfectly spoiled little brat of a dog!
Merry Christmas, everyone!
Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)
The Cherokee Dog Trainer