Is your pet a Saint or a Sinner??
We like to think our pets are little angels but in truth we know they can be little buggers and most of us will reprimand them when they cross the boundary between cute and naughty..
There are some, that are ruled by their pets and this causes great annoyance for visitors who come to their homes.
So, what about your pet? Well behaved, disciplined pets that will show some spirit but know who is boss or do they get away with murder and run the house?
When you get a new pup or dog you want it to settle in and love you forever - and it will. Telling him/her no sternly will not make them turn on you… dogs actually love rules and structure.. Take them along as pups to puppy kindy and get them socialised and follow on with obedience. You don’t need to have them perfect, no dog or man is, but to have them trained to heel when walking rather than pulling and nearly choking themselves and making the experience unpleasant for both of you. Have them drop on command has seen many a dog saved from accidents and these dogs are not feeling unloved or cared for - as a matter of fact they probably feel even more cared for.
The best rule of thumb is that if you don’t want your new pet sleeping on the bed when its fully grown, don’t let it sleep on the bed from day 1. If you don’t want them on the couch, put them down on ground when they first jump up and do this religiously until they stop trying. You must be consistent with the training - inconsistency makes for confusion for the animal .
If you don’t want the cat on the bench, don’t let it get up there as a kitten. My furries know they are not allowed up there.. on rare occasions they will tempt fate and get up but swiftly disappear when they hear me coming.. Couch destruction is my biggest beef and I have a water spray bottle sitting close by to discipline. Sadly claws are winning as I think a bit of sharpening is done when I am at work.. despite a scratch post close by.
I have a workmate who tells me of friends who have a dog that just runs the house.. It can do whatever it wants and they do little to nothing to stop the bad behaviour. It is possible they don’t know how to solve the problem now as it has become second nature to the dog now but it isn’t too late to take to training to instil a bit of discipline. My instinct tells me they are not that kind people and content to let the dog do what “a dog does”. As a result he, and other friends, don’t particularly want to spend time with them if the dog is around. Dogs that jump all over you when you arrive and get under your feet are annoying at best. Dogs that jump on couch beside you and owners that don’t stop it.. these are not dogs that endear one to the canine breed and its not their fault… it is the fault of the owners. Studies and experience has shown that the majority of bad behaviour is through either apathy of owners or an inability to show some tough love.
There are some dogs who, have been brought into a household to be guard dogs or dogs as symbols of “masculinity” - these don’t welcome visitors as they are trained to keep people out and can attack neighbours and other animals in the vicinity if they get loose. Plenty of dog attacks are because properties are not secured sufficiently due to lack of care..
Dogs that constantly bark, it is annoying for even the most dog loving people and this may not be something that is totally the owner’s fault however it drives the neighbours barking crazy. Dogs often bark due to boredom so make sure your dog has plenty to keep them busy when you are not around. Treat releasing toys, those you can stuff with peanut butter, toys they can play with in water and of course the old faithful, a good old fashioned regular walk! A good walk ( depending on type, age and size of dog) will wear them out for a good part of the day and this will keep them out of trouble.
I know that most of us treat our pets as members of the family and would never dream of mistreating them but mistreatment and regular discipline are two entirely different things and making sure they adhere to family rules is just the same as if you tell your human kids off.. they learn and for the most part don’t do the deed again - at least when they are going to get caught in the act!
So, in summing up.. do you want your pet taking over our house as a sinner or wearing a halo and being the sweet angelic pet you chose on day one???? It’s really up to you.