These suggestions are meant to teach your dog you are their leader. Often we, without even knowing it, are teaching our pets improperly through our interactions.
1. Feeding: Do control meal times. Feed at a regular time and leave food down for 20 minutes and then pick it up. Dogs must also perform or work for treats, not just looks cute. Please do not feed from the table as this encourages begging.
“Pack Leaders” control the food.
2. Resting: Do not allow your dog into people resting spots.
“Pack Leaders” get the best sleep areas
3. Toys/Play: Do keep toys picked up when not in use. Only play fetch. Tug of war and rough housing encourages physical expression of dominance. When you let go or stop, your dog considers himself the victor.
“Pack Leaders” possess the toys and let others borrow them.
4. Do make your dog go through doorways after you.
“Pack Leaders” lead.Also, it reduces escaping from the house and into danger.
5. Territory: Do make your pet move rather than stepping around them as dogs consider this submissive.
“Pack Leaders” Can go anywhere in their territory.
6. Affection: Do control petting sessions. Make your pet obey a command to sit or lay down. Petting is earned. If your dog nudges your hand or paws at you, ignore them, as this is their way of controlling affection.
“Pack Leaders” give affection. They do not wait for the favors of others.
The staff at Barrett Station Veterinary Clinic is here to help coach you! Please call us with any questions or concerns! 314-822-2882.