This time of year we are all getting ready for Thanksgiving and having company to share our meal. It’s an exciting time with lots of food, family time, football, parades and laughter filling our homes. Everyone is busy getting into their day ad preparing for Black Friday (many of us are still stuck on the Friday shopping experience). But here’s the thing about this holiday time and activities we enjoy. So many times, the pet is forgotten, until something negative happens. Perhaps the entree becomes the pet’s main dish; maybe the shoes stored by the front door are now missing mates one just never knows. We must realize that a well trained pet did not happen on Wednesday night prior to Thanksgiving.
Something that should never be forgotten is a new puppy or dog, cat; pet of any kind is in need of attention. Certainly we have had this pet for quite some time, however today different, excitement is is abound. Our pet is excited and off of the regular emotional dollar coaster, therefore without reinforcement and encouragement our pet may be reactive to new people and new rules.
Let’s each take the time and have the love for our pet to begin training early and socializing our pet early. If we want a pet to act correctly and not be reactively, begin socializing when the pet is new to you. If a puppy, start with potty training and then puppy kindergarten. If our pet is an older dog, again start with expectations right away and socialization from the beginning. All pets have the ability to learn, however we (the pet steward) must know how to accomplish socialization and proper training method. Talk to your Vet about training, if you are truly ready for a pet in your life, you are then ready to make sure the pet is acceptable in any situation. A good pet is the expectation of most all people, good training and using this training time to get to know our pet. http://www.insidebainbridge.com/tag/importance-of-puppy-training-class/
Pet manners go further than just being a well behaved animal that is not an annoyance or into everyone’s business. Pet manners are also about pet safety. hssv.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=training_basic
Our pets need to have our time and respect to continue the manners and be safe. A well trained and socialized pet will stop immediately when given the command to do so. It will not take food from someone other than the pet companion. With these two (just two) lessons our pet will not run into a street (this avoids having pet dash in front of an auto) the pet will not be fed something which we do not want our pet to have and thus our pets life is much safer. When a pet has been taught a single work command ‘kennel’ we now have protected the small children and others from being bitten.
These manners and behaviors do not just happen, but when they do happen we have a pet we are proud of and our friends are very comfortable to come and visit, event when we have a number of friends in our home at one time.