By Jen Mangham
It’s a shocking fact: 96 percent of pets given up to shelters have had no manners training at all according to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP). This is especially troubling because many of the common behavior problems that contribute to pets being given up are easily avoidable. “The most important thing is to start training early and be consistent,” said Lauren Novack (KPA-CTP), professional dog trainer and owner of Lauren’s Leash. “The best thing you can give your new family member is consistency and boundaries.”
She adds that it’s a mistake to think you need to choose between setting boundaries for your pup or giving them lots of love and affection, even if it’s a rescue dog. There’s a time and a place for both so if you want to give your new pup a big snuggle, have them sit first. At the end of the day, your pup just wants to make you happy. These tips will help you better communicate your house rules to your pup to keep more pets in furever homes.
1. Problem: Going to the bathroom where they shouldn’t.
With discipline for your pup and yourself (it can be hard to follow these rules when your pup rears his adorable puppy eyes) you can and will succeed in nipping these issues in the bud. Good luck!