MAKING YOUR DOG SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE
There are human beings who detest all dogs but they are few and far between. There are many humans who detest dogs who have no understanding of how to live with them cheek by jowl.
At the outset, let us agree that as with children there are no bad dogs at the outset, simply poor owners, just as there are poor parents. The onus therefore is on the human race to bring up their dogs from puppy hood to understand that in return for the security humans can give to them, an amount of discipline is required and some of that discipline will not necessarily come naturally to an animal.
Like humans, dogs have developed over centuries of modification, not all of it beneficial to all breeds. Thus certain breeds are more likely to respond to socially acceptable behaviour around humans than others. Essentially dogs are scavengers by origin relying on their ability to freely roam over huge areas in search of food and drink to sustain themselves. The human domicile is thus an alien form and clearly some have adapted better than other breeds to the process.
Given the above, there follows naturally some key principles that will enable success in living alongside a dog to be more probable than possible.Some I have found of importance are below:
1. Select a breed that has a record of social adaptability.
2. Where possible acquire as a puppy to reduce the risk of embedded bad habits.
3. With an older dog, identify key problem areas early in your relationship. At the same time concentrate on the positives as you build your rapport together, whilst being firm, but patient with the faults.
4. Follow the above in the company of a well structured Guide or manual that will provide you with clear ideas and routines. You can check out on the link below one of the best ,in my opinion, that has stood the test of recent times and helped many in their efforts to ensure that their dog is a fully socially acceptable dog. The rewards are well worth the efforts as thousands of happy owners can and do testify daily by enjoying their dogs in the company of others. A happy dog is a well trained and disciplined dog. It truly is worth the effort.
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