Choosing To Be A Responsible Dog Owner
- Purchase a pet gate to keep your dog away from the front door. This personally helped me as one of my dogs likes to bark at anyone who’s trying to walk past the front door. I believe she’s just waiting for my husband and I to come home but likes to think she’s protecting her home. I’ve conditioned my dogs to know they’ll receive a treat once they enter the gated area of our apartment.
- Purchase a kennel. Although kennels are not for every dog, they can be helpful to keep your dog calm while you’re away. It also allows your Camden maintenance team to enter at any time to take care of any work orders you submit.
- Leave the TV or radio on for your pet. Ensure the volume is not loud enough to distract neighbors, but good enough to give your dog something to listen to while you’re gone. Sometimes, dogs just like to bark at the slightest of noise they hear.
- Ensure your dog is healthy. Proper nutrition is important to your dog’s behavior. Ensure you feed them routinely so that you’re not leaving your dog at home thirsty or hungry. If they’re not content, they’re sure to let all your neighbors know. Read my fellow Camden blogger’s blog on ways to stay on top of your pet’s health with activity trackers for your pet.
- Purchase a training collar or harness. This will give you more control of your dog when walking. I don’t have to worry about squirrels any longer so believe me: these do wonders! http://www.petsafe.net/learn/how-to-stop-your-dog-from-pulling-on-the-leash
- Ensure your pet is getting enough exercise. If they consistently pull you during their walk, it could be because they’re not used to getting out as much. Their excitement exceeds your power to control them. More routine walks have helped my dogs calm down because they know they’re going to get another chance to get out of the apartment very soon.
- And if your Camden community has a pet park or your local park is close by, utilize them. According to TheWholeDogJournal.com, training your dog to listen off their leash will help their behavior in new environments. Without a leash, much enthusiasm will gleam off your dog’s paws as they soar through an open space. As Mel Gibson did in Braveheart, your pup will be yelling “freeeddoooom!”
- Socialize your dog: Don’t wait for something to happen. If you’ve got a friend who has a dog, try setting up a date to see if they’ll get along. Slowly create interactions with other humans and dogs to socialize your dog so that you can take him/her out in public confidently. Not only are you creating a safer environment for your pet, but for the neighbors in your community. Eventually, you can take your dog to your Camden community’s dog park or to a local dog park and expand your dog’s interactions.
- Try a head halter during your walks. This a painless way for you to close your dog’s mouth if they happen to start barking. Read more on Cesar Millan’s site to understanding dog barking a little more.
- Distract them; turn the opposite way from whatever your dog may be barking at and steer their attention elsewhere.
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