When people sit down to break bread after a hard day of work or school, they hope for quiet, communal socialization. It’s typically a time to exchange ideas and to plan for the next day. However, it is often the time that Fido chooses to act out.
Your dog may be left alone for many hours while your family is out living life. Or, perhaps he is experiencing sudden bursts of energy and is demanding your attention. So, how do you satisfy Fido’s craving for attention and still enjoy mealtime?
Dogs need plenty of exercise. If you cannot walk your dog before dinner time, allow him outside (if your yard is fenced) and give him a special toy, one that you have hidden for a day so it is ‘new’ to him. Purchase a baby gate or block the entrance to your kitchen or dining room and make it clear that the room is off-limits. Give him a “Kong” to chew on while you enjoy your meal and take him for a nice, long walk after you are finished.
Setting clear boundaries for your pet is the first step in any training program. Reward your pet when he is behaving in a socially acceptable manner and be firm (but not physical) when he is out of line.
If you need suggestions or help with behavioral issues concerning your dog, please call me at 856.981.8957 or email me at Brotherofthewolftraining@comcast.net. I am here to help you. There is never a fee for a phone or email consultation.
Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)
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