Have you ever been with someone who has an unruly pet-constantly jumping up on you, nipping your hands or clothing, growling, lunging at you, slobbering on you or constantly barking while trying to visit with your friend?

Yep, we have all been there, maybe this even paints the scenario of how your dog behaves and you feel overwhelmed.

So, what do we do to change the patterns of misbehavior in our dog? It actually starts with us, the owner. We must believe that we are in charge and do not have to tolerate (in a kind way) any actions that jeopardize the comfort and care of ourselves and our pets. They are only doing what we allow.

There is a wise saying, “what we tolerate we authorize to exist”. Our pets are to be a source of companionship and pleasure not full-time corralling, yelling and trying to haul them off people. A pile of work and so not fun.

The next step is to come up with a definite plan to retrain and curb the behavior. Get help from a dog trainer who can train both you and the dog for success. This will take time and consistency but will have huge payoffs. Be firm in your discipline and expect your pet to obey. When they make even the smallest step to improve REWARD REWARD REWARD.

Mel Hyland, a world class cowboy and horse trainer said Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing difficult. Reward the slightest change or the smallest try.

You and your dog make a great team and with intentional changing of your mindset and firm, loving discipline for your dog you will be satisfied. The effort is so worthwhile.

Looking forward to hearing your success story. Send us your input and we can share it with others.



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