We all know that our adorable puppies and full grown pooches have the capacity to make us total pushovers sometimes, but early obedience training can help mitigate problems in the now and prevent further misbehavior down the road.
That being said, if you missed the boat on proper training when your dog was a puppy, or you adopted Fido as an adult, then obedience classes are crucial to curtail bad behavior and get your doggie on the right track.
At Haggerty Dog Training in Midland Park, Bergen County New Jersey, a lot of pooch parents admit to us that they have gotten a touch lazy with praising good behavior and unknowingly encouraging naughtiness by treating their pup to something just because it’s begging. So obedience training is also wonderful and efficient for anyone — canine or human — who needs a refresher.
One of the most common bad behaviors we hear about here at Haggerty is inappropriate chewing. No one wants their shoes ruined, and they certainly don’t want to run their dog to the emergency vet because it got into something toxic. Since puppies explore the world through their mouths, it’s normal for them to feel and lick a bit.
Even though chewing is functional because it’s good for their oral health and can help with boredom, it can be considered dangerous and naughty behavior as well if they get ahold of the wrong object.
So, how do you help your pooch stay away from your shoes and get gnawing on an effective object, like a bone?
Keep a close eye on your growing pup and be sure to “catch him in the act” while he has a shoe or other unwanted object in his mouth. Simply redirect your dog to another item, such as a chew toy.
Once he gets started on that, it’s important to praise him for his great choice in chewing objects! A few “good boys” and gentle pats are sure to make your pooch hungry for more affection and want to please you by only going after the items meant for him.
It won’t happen right away, expect a few more arguments over shoes and a little stubbornness from Fido before he gets the hang of it.
Young pups and even adult dogs need to be stimulated so they don’t get bored. Haggerty’s Puppy Socialization Hour, happening from noon through 1:00 p.m. at our Midland Park facility, is a great way to introduce your pup to new things.
Socializing your pup with other dogs and introducing them to sounds, places, smells, sensations and people will go a long way in preventing phobias and disobedient behavior later on.