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Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: The Needy Dog

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Some dogs seem to take up all your time. They cry for attention, interrupt your daily activities by pawing, staring, and even being destructive. If these behaviors occur on a regular basis it may be time to set some boundaries.

Be gentle but firm when attention-seeking behaviors are unwarranted. Call a time out by putting a distance between you and Fido, either by crating him or sending him to another area of the room. When he calms down you can call him back, praise him, and resume your interrupted activities.

Make sure your dog gets enough exercise and that his behavior is not the result of boredom or neglect. Check to see if he is in pain for any reason—illness or injury may be causing his intrusiveness. If he seems to be healthy and has had playtime and exercise it may be time to set some boundaries.

Remember, showing love and compassion as your dog’s guardian does not mean allowing him to rule the roost! He will be much more secure if you show him that he need not be the decision maker in your pack.

If you have questions about this or any other dog-related issue, please call or text 856.981.8957 or email There is never a fee for non-contact consultations.

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

Dawn Watson

Owner, Brother of the Wolf, LLC

Doing canine behavioral consultations and training since 1975

Pictured: The Rainbow Bridge