Guest Post by Tyler Evans of Dogzasters.com
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One of the biggest mistakes we dog owners make is projecting our own human thoughts and emotions onto our pups. If your precious pup leaves a-- ahem-- package for you on the carpet, you may think he only did it to punish you. Same goes for when he destroys your favorite pair of shoes or leaves hair on your furniture. However, your dog doesn’t do these things to get under your skin. He’s just being a dog the best way he knows how. Fortunately, there are ways you can train your pup and steer him away from destructive behaviors so you can have a more harmonious relationship.
Some puppies (usually those that come from larger or more intelligent breeds) take to housebreaking like a duck to water. Others have a little more difficulty when it comes to figuring out where it is appropriate to go. Get your dog on a regular potty schedule where he can expect to be let out at the same regular intervals throughout the day. Dogs respond well to routine and consistency, so this will eventually train him to need to go at the specific times you go outside. Pro tip: If you aren’t able to come home during a long stretch of time to let your dog out, hire a dog walker that can stop by and give your pup a bit of outdoor exercise and fun while you do what you have to do. You certainly don’t want your pooch to make a mess indoors.
Some dogs simply love people and have to physically show it as soon as they see one they admire. However, jumping on people is a rude thing for a dog to do and if your pup is a large one, it can be terrifying for those who aren’t used to canines. The problem with dog jumping is humans are typically the ones who need to be trained. When our dogs jump on us, we pet them, talk to them and give them our attention that they desperately crave. This only serves to encourage a dog to jump more. Instead, ignore your dog when he jumps on you and instruct others to ignore him, as well. Work to only reward your dog if he behaves in a way with four paws on the floor-- with maybe the exception of tricks such as high-five and bang-bang, if you get to that in training.
For those who love their clothes and their dogs, there’s nothing more heartbreaking than realizing that your four-legged friend destroyed your favorite pair of shoes. You feel betrayed, but the truth is sometimes your dog can’t help himself. If you really don’t want these things to be destroyed, you have to keep them out of reach and in areas your dog is not allowed. Store shoes and clothes in your closet and establish these areas as no-go boundaries for you pup.
If you truly hate shedding, your best bet is to find a hypoallergenic dog breed that leaves minimal hair behind. However, for those who are tied to the idea of a different breed or for those who want to rescue a dog, you simply can’t prevent shedding (so get good at cleaning ;). You can do reduce it by having your pup regularly groomed. It also helps to brush him out regularly, which also distributes his skin’s natural oils for a healthier coat.
Keep the fur from flying in all the wrong places in your home by investing in a lightweight vacuum that is tough on hair but easy to use. The more enjoyable your vacuum cleaner is, the more you are likely to actually use it. Look for a vacuum with attachment features that make it easier to access hard-to-reach areas like ceiling corners and under furniture where dust and hair build up. If you wish to upgrade to an effective appliance, check out this review guide.
Your dog doesn’t want to disappoint you, so train him to avoid destructive behaviors. If your pup is prone to indoor soiling, get him on a regular schedule so he knows when to go as well as where. When it comes to jumping, the hard part is training humans to ignore pups when they actually do it. Chewing shoes takes prevention -- put your stuff in your closet! Finally, shedding is an inevitable byproduct of most dogs. Invest in regular grooming and a lightweight vacuum cleaner for a hair-free home.
Tyler Evans has never met a dog he didn't like. He's a proud dog papa to two German Shepherd rescues and the creator of dogzasters.com. He created the website to showcase the funny, sometimes messy, side of being a dog parent. He hopes the website will bring joy to those who visit it and encourage people to welcome the love of a dog into their lives.