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Pet Tip of the Week: Objectivity (cnbnews.net)

by Dawn Watson (cnbnews.net)

 

   Recently, I reached out for help with a dog on social media. As a professional, I recognized that, due to my love for the dog, I had lost my objectivity and could not properly issue the restrictions and boundaries needed in order to correct the dog's behavior.

   Sometimes, we come to love a pet so much that the pet begins to 'rule the roost'. This is a no-win situation. Dogs must be made to understand that they are not the decision-makers in the family. They do not decide when to bark, attack, or potty. They are not in control and must be encouraged to look to their human to control every situation.

   In a firm but gentle manner let your dog know that your word is 'law' and there is no question that you are in charge. Praise your dog for appropriate behavior but use your voice, facial expression, and body language to let him know when he is being inappropriate. Take the decision-making away from your dog and he will look to you for leadership!

   Our Facebook jewelry sale donation to Gloucester City's K9 Unit will be $65.00! Thank you to Paparazzi Jewelry for this wonderful opportunity to help our police force. The money will be turned over to GCPD as soon as it arrives at Brother of the Wolf!

Wado udohiyu (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson

Owner, Brother of the Wolf, LLC

Obedience & Service dog trainer

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