1. Involve a Dog Trainer
These are experts in helping dogs learn obedience and manners. They can teach your dog basic commands such as sit, stay, come, down, and heel. Dog trainers can also help you potty train your puppy or dog, stop them from barking, biting, or chewing furniture, and overcome other behavioral issues.
There are different types of dog trainers, so it’s important to find one that uses positive reinforcement methods and has experience with the specific issues you’re hoping to address. Some dog trainers offer group classes, while others provide private lessons. The cost of hiring one depends on the services offered, the trainer’s experience, and the location.
2. Use a Leash in Public
This is something that's attached to the dog's collar, and it can either be used to lead or tie them. It allows owners to keep their dogs under control when in public places, and avoid any potential hazards or accidents. There are many different types of leashes available on the market, ranging from simple rope versions to more complex retractable ones. Make sure the leash is comfortable for your dog, and that it's the appropriate size and length.
For safety reasons, make sure the leash is connected to a quality collar. It's best to use a dog collar strap with pre-cut holes and a custom clasp featuring a no-slip grip. This will be fast and easy to clip on and off, and rubberized so it's waterproof, odor-proof, and simple to clean.
3. Purchase a Crate or Kennel
These can provide a safe and secure space for your dog to stay when you're not able to supervise them. They can also be used as a form of training, as dogs will usually not relieve themselves in an enclosed space. It should be big enough for them to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably. Having said that, make sure it's not so big that they feel like they have too much space (because this could make your pet feel insecure).
You may also want to consider adding some bedding or a toy to the crate or kennel, to make it more comfortable and inviting for your dog.
4. Beware of Cars, Animals, and Plants
Like young children, dogs can get into all sorts of trouble if you don't keep a constant eye on them. For a start, dogs should never be allowed to chase after cars or play in the street. They can also get into fights with other animals if they're not properly supervised. Keep your dog on a leash when you're around other pets, and be sure to introduce them slowly and carefully.
Many common plants are poisonous to dogs if they eat them. Some examples include lilies, tulips, azaleas, and daffodils - so keep them away from your home.
5 Watch What They Eat and Drink
Some human foods can be poisonous to dogs, such as chocolate, onions, and grapes. Keep these foods out of reach, and don't feed your dog table scraps.
Things like cleaning products, paint fumes, and antifreeze can be very dangerous to dogs if they're ingested. Keep these things stored away safely, and don't let your dog drink from puddles or other unidentified sources of water.
6. Provide Plenty of Exercise and Playtime
Dogs are active creatures by nature and need plenty of exercise to stay healthy both mentally and physically. A tired dog is a good dog – one that’s less likely to bark excessively, jump on people, or engage in other destructive behaviors.
There are lots of different ways you can provide your dog with the exercise they need. Fetch, frisbee, and other games are great for interactive playtime between you and your pup. Going for long walks or runs together is also a great bonding experience.
These 6 tips should help keep your furry friend under control and out of trouble. Your dog will be better behaved, safer with others, and more of a joy. Should you still have issues with your pet, speak to a professional who can help with things like socializing and discipline.