Give Your Dog What He Needs - Jim Burwell's Petiquette

If you give your dog what he needs, you’ll get what you want – from your dog.

You just want a well-mannered dog. At the least, you want a dog that leaves all the bad dog behavior at the door step so you, your friends and family can enjoy him to the fullest.

Dogs working for what they want

How Do You Get What You Want from Your Dog?

Give him a system. Your dog needs a good system to work within. A good system includes consistent schedules, predictable activities and a plan or way to get what he needs from you. Give your dog what he needs and he’ll give you what you need; which is a well behaved dog. And more times than not, you’ll get back more than you gave if you do it right.

Isn’t this exactly what you want from your dog?

Sure it is, so let’s break it down step by step.

First: Your Dog Needs a Consistent Schedule
A consistent schedule keeps your dog’s stress and anxiety to a low level and makes him a happier dog. This schedule would include everything from:

  • Feeding and walking times to
  • Training and play times.

Make a list of everything that is schedulable and make it happen on time every day. It all counts.
Developing your dog’s confidence in himself and you starts with a schedule.

For your dog, his schedule is the beginning of his trust in you. Why? Because you make things happen on time every day; enabling his confidence to build.

Second: Your Dog Will Thrive on Predictable Activities
If your dog can predict when certain activities are going to happen, he’s happier. If he’s happy, he’s not stressed and he is much less likely to act out with unwanted behavior.
Activities that are predictable would include: everything that related to “pack activities.”
These are things you would do together with your dog.
Some of the obvious pack activities are:

  • Eating
  • Sleeping
  • Playing games,
  • Training,
  • Exercising (with your dog)and/or Weekend adventures

Third: Your Dog Has to Know How to Get What He Needs
A good system includes giving your dog a way to get what he needs from you.
Every day when he wakes up, he has two thoughts: “What do I want and … how am I going to get it.”
Your job is to show him what he has to do to get it. This is where obedience training comes in.
Teaching your dog a few commands like sit, down, come, resolves many typical dog behavior problems.

Your dog can begin to predict what to do when you require a sit or down for each activity listed above.

Use sits and downs as “bargaining chips” for better behavior in your dog.

The best part about this system is: “Nothing in it is hard.” All dogs, including yours, thrive on obedience.
In fact, your dog, like ours, will come to expect it and automatically offer sits and downs because he now knows what you want.

Positive training methods help you get willing cooperation from your dog. Plus you get the behaviors you want and they become strong, automatic responses.

Now you know how to give your dog what he needs. Trust me, it won’t be long before you get what you want from your dog!  What do you think—sound easy enough?

Together We Can Raise A Happy and Obedient Dog

Jim Burwell is Houston’s most respected dog trainer for 30 years, serving over 11,000 clients. Jim works with you and your entire family in helping your dog be the best dog ever.