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How to Make Your Dog Well-Mannered!

Updated on September 14, 2011

Ace on TDI Graduation Day

Ace after graduating as a Certified Therapy Dog with Therapy Dogs International. It was a long day.
Ace after graduating as a Certified Therapy Dog with Therapy Dogs International. It was a long day.

Is Having a Well-Mannered Dog Just a Dream?

To some people, having a well-mannered dog seems to only be a dream. The truth is that it is easier than it seems. In the past 30 years, I have taken many seemingly impossible dogs and helped their people turn them into the partners of a life time. The trick is simple. Spend as much time with your dog or puppy as you can. In all the years that I have trained animals, the most useful materials that I have read have been the books written by the Monks of New Skete. They are practical, but most of all they are effective.

When I start working with a puppy that I plan to use as a demonstration dog, I keep that puppy with me at all times. They go everywhere with me. Why? Because then I have to work with their behaviors. The biggest mistake that the average dog owner makes is over using a training crate. It is always easier to lock a dog away in a cage than it is to actually train them. A crate does not train your dog for you. It can be a valuable tool to housebreak a dog. It becomes just a very small cage when the dog is kept in it more than just over night. It is not a replacement for training your dog.

By simply spending time with your dog, you will learn to read their communication clues. Not every dog is going to bark to be let outside. Not every dog is going to scratch at the door to go outside. You must learn the signals that your dog displays so that you can teach them what you want them to do. Your dog wants to make you happy. They can only learn what you like if they are with you.

By following some simple guidelines, you will have the canine partner of your dreams; a best friend to share good and bad times with you. The only friend that you will ever have that will never judge you. A well-mannered dog is not just a dream. A well-mannered dog is not even a lot of work. A well-mannered dog is up to you.


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      eisutton 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thank you, Dawn. Have you read the New Skete books? They are full of excellent common sense training advise. I love them.

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      Dawn Ross 6 years ago

      I agree with what you say about the crate training. I have found it useful, but it certainly shouldn't be used as a substitute for real training. Overuse can cause more harm than good.

      Spending time with your dog is also very important. Too many people put them in the back yard and ignore them, then wonder why their dog is always barking or jumping on people.