Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Neighbourhood Watchdog

Some neighbourhoods keep themselves to themselves, occasionally sending greeting cards when the festive period rolls around, but never putting their names - “best wishes from No. 52” is probably the best you’ll get. Others are akin to Stars Hollow with everybody knowing everybody else’s business before the person in question even knows it themselves.

When it comes to getting a dog, regardless of what type of community you live in, you want to make sure that they are on their best behaviour. Making enemies - due to your dog acting out of bounds - that you barely see or that you bump into every day isn’t a life choice that everybody aims for - so follow these steps to avoid any awkward situations arising.

Set the Boundaries

If you are fine with your new dog or puppy jumping up on the sofa or on your bed, take into consideration any guests that may be visiting in the near future. Although it’s your house and you can do what you want in it, and your dog lives there and your guest doesn’t, there is an uglier side to the story; rather than your guests being offended at the dog being on a piece of furniture, it may more so be the case that your dog is offended at your guests sitting down on their sofa. Dogs can get defensive over something that they claim as their own, so make sure that you have set boundaries and the dog knows that it will be moved should anybody else wish to sit there - otherwise things can get a bit nasty.


Give a Safe Space

Dogs are naturally pack animals, and if you take them away from that then you and your family become their pack. Packs don’t separate and leave each other; when you go out to work or shopping or even to meet your friends, you are breaking up what is programmed into your dog. Don’t leave them exasperated; dogs also love a set space to go and feel safe. Look up the best dog crate reviews online and go for one that isn’t too big for them or one that will cramp them up; a space won’t feel safe for them if there is too much room, and likewise they won’t feel comfortable settling in there if their movements are really restricted. Crates are also great for crate training a puppy, which can help with separation anxiety, toilet training and general behaviour.



Go and Meet the Fans!

C’mon, let’s face it - people love nothing more than a dog to fuss. It brings out a side to people that you probably never knew existed. Give your pooch some exercise and see who you meet along the way; it’ll be great for their social skills. You may even make some new friends; if you bump into somebody else walking their dog and they get along, you could arrange to meet up on doggy playdates. It’ll get you both out of the house to see your pals!

Have fun, and see you again soon!

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