5 Habits of a Good Dog Owner

 

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I Can Tell If I’m Working With a Good Dog Owner

 

It’s very clear by the end of a 3 lesson set.

Ever wonder if you stack up as a good dog owner?”

It’s not that you’re a bad dog owner but just like a recent client asked:

I’m wondering if I am covering all the bases?

My List of What I Consider 5 Habits of a Good Dog Owner

NUTRITION

We always ask about nutrition in our initial phone evaluations. I know I have an involved  dog owner when they bring up the subject of nutrition; as not all dog food is equal.

An interested  owner will asks me what dog food they should be feeding their dog?  What amount of food is good for their dog?

They educate themselves on what makes up a good dog food. Your dog is what he eats.

Good quality food sets a strong foundation for a healthy dog with less problems down the road.

If you’re not sure about your dog food and want to learn more, go watch this video. Dog Food Matters.

OBEDIENCE TRAINING

Great owners understand the value of obedience training and how to use it in their home.

They learn it is the foundation to a well-mannered dog and training shouldn’t  stop at teaching their dog to sit and down in a group class.

Obedience training should continue at home in ways that will soon get them a well-mannered dog.

I know I have a good dog owner if she uses obedience training in ways that improve her dog’s behavior in her home. As well as situations outside the home.

STRUCTURE

A five star dog owner learns, just like kids, dogs need structure too and that structure means teaching their dog what to do and when to do it.

Asking me how to expand on their current structure to improve their dog’s understanding says to me, “I’ve got a practical dog owner!”

Keep in mind there is one difference in dogs and kids:

“Kids eventually move out on their own (you hope.) Your dog is there for a lifetime with you, for better or worse.

Having expectations of what to do and when to do it will keep him problem free as long as he is with you.”

EXERCISE

An owner provides good aerobic, rhythmic exercise for their dog. They are sure their dog gets lots of opportunity to constructively and consistently burn energy every day.

I know I have a good dog owner if they ask me to give them other ideas to improve their dog walks.

They want to use them to improve the benefit of their dog-human relationship.

SOCIALIZATION

Smart dog owners see the value of socialization. They keep their dog well socialized around other dogs and people.

They know it is easier to go from a well-socialized dog to a well-mannered dog.

These owners recognize their dog’s social skills must be practiced daily or as often as possible.

Especially around new or relevant people and dogs.

I know I have a good dog owner if they are doing their part by continually socializing their dog at every opportunity.

THE BOTTOM LINE ON GOOD DOG OWNERS

Now that you know my criteria, how do you stack up?

Together We Can Raise A Happy and Obedient Dog

You got your dog for a reason. You wanted to share your life with a happy and loving dog. But now, your dog has big problems and life is not happy.

I can help you get that happy, well behaved dog back. We’ll work together at your speed and both you and your dog will have fun every step of the way.

3 replies
  1. jane cizik
    jane cizik says:

    Wesley is really coming along nicely. He settles regularly at night after dinner with us–using the leash in the house has worked instantly.

    He just turned 2, and I suppose that is the magic of maturity, too. The one thing that I would like to get him to stop doing is taking a nip at a person’s sleeve when he greets them. He is so exuberant and loving, but this habit is not welcome.

    Thanks for your guidance. Jane

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