No-Kids-Allowed! Have you heard the latest about this “red hot” movement that’s spreading across the country?
It’s all over the news and the internet.
Complaints about out-of-control screaming kids are being taken seriously not only by airlines but by hotels, theaters, restaurants and even grocery stores. A wave of childless adults called DINKS (dual-income-no-kids) is even comparing them to second-hand smoke.
The Brat Ban is spreading, they say.
That got me to thinking. As a dog trainer I couldn’t help but think about all the out-of-control puppies and dogs owned by parents with kids and – yes even “DINKS” as well.
Do you ever wonder if people wish you would take your rowdy, out of control dog and just go home?
And I’ll bet, you’ve even cried: I’m at my wits end with this dog! Or, how about, this puppy is making me crazy and he’s scaring the kids!
Do your neighbors invite you over for the barbecue but ask you to “please leave your dog home!”
Or my favorite from the in-laws: “Won’t your dog ever listen to you?”
The expectation we humans put on dogs is very high.
I constantly get complaining calls from dog owners like, “My dog is out of control and un-trainable!” or “My dog has gone crazy!” We listen to statements like this everyday from puppy or dog owners detailing their problems of:
- leash pulling
- dogs jumping on the kids and visitors
- dogs chewing on inappropriate things
- house soiling and much, much more.
So what’s the answer?
While I can’t speak to the “no kids allowed” thing, I do have some advice to help you understand what YOU must do to have a well mannered dog.
I have listened to all the complaints and it easily comes down to 5 simple things (most likely not being done), which, if they were done, together, every day, dog owners would unlock the secrets to a well-behaved dog.
Like everything else, it does take work but just think: If the time that is spent trying to handle you poorly behaving dog is redirected to these 5 things on a daily basis, your stress and anxiety – as well as your dogs – will drop considerably because most all bad dog behavior problems are stress related.
- Manage your dog behavior, don’t let him choose how to act, teach him what you want him to do.
- Minimize stress and anxiety in the dog by being a good leader to your dog and being consistent
- Exercise your dog every day
- Train your dog every day 2 or 3 minutes 3 times a day works wonders
- Create training exercises that help your dog to learn how to behave in specific circumstances i.e. at the front door
Before you know it you’ll have that well-behaved dog you’ve always wanted. And you’ll be the envy of the neighborhood.
Be as comfortable with the trainer of your dog as you are with the teacher of your children. And remember, “Opportunity
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Jim Burwell is a “thanks for making the impossible, possible” professional dog trainer having trained 20,000+ dogs and counting and serving more than 7,000 clients. Jim’s easy to follow, common sense, and positive methods have made him the “dog trainer of choice” for 30 years. One of his clients says it best:
There are people who are so good at, and passionate about, what they do, that in their presence, one can’t help thinking that they have found their true calling and are doing exactly what they should be doing on this earth. Jim is one of these rare people. His quiet and understated manner, his effective technique for training dogs (and their families) is something which I feel fortunate to have witnessed and in which to have been an active participant.