Here are some tips from the PAWS archives on raising a well mannered pup!
At PAWS, we teach our volunteers these six tips to help them in working with their PAWS Puppies and Dogs.
Feed yourself before you feed your dog
Never feed your dog from the table, this only encourages begging. You dog must learn that you have your place to eat and the puppy has its own eating area.
Control entry or exit from any doorway
Teach your dog to wait before it goes outside or comes inside. This is also a great safety measure to prevent your dog from bolting out of the house when visitors arrive.
Initiate where your dog goes
You do not want your dog to lead you, do not allow your dog to pull you on a leash. If your dog tries leading while leash walking, immediately change direction so you are once again the lead. Frequent changes in direction cause your puppy to look to you for where to go next.
Be the keeper of the toys
Use your dog’s toys as a reward for good behavior. You want your dog to think everything good in life comes from you.
Watch your posture and body cues
Dogs can pick up on signals such as posture and other body cues. By paying attention to your posture, standing up straight and portraying an air of confidence, you can help your pup feel more comfortable.
Reward for good behavior, instead of constantly correcting
Focus on the good behaviors your dog is doing, instead of what they are doing wrong. Catch your dog doing something right and reward that correct behavior, instead of waiting for them to do something wrong and correcting it.