Hello friends! Today I will be discussing some tips on owning a doggie. I just got my little angel one year ago and it’s honestly changed my life. I hope these tips help you even if you’ve been a dog owner for years or you are getting a dog soon, these tips are very important. Enjoy!
1. When Doggo Needs to Go Potty, Always Take Him To the Same Spot
By doing this, the dog knows we mean potty business and not a walk, and he won’t take as long. We’ve trained Cooper to go by the side of the house, he could probably do it on this own by now but we accompany him anyway to pick up the doo doo. By repeating this every day he will get used to going in this spot. In the beginning he may want to play but you must stand and wait until he/she goes and when that happens, treats galore!!
2. Never Feed Him Human Food
I know this is so hard, they give you the puppy eyes and whine, but it’s a very bad habit. This begging can get very bad and it’s not something that is healthy for the dog either. When he jumps up at you at the dinner table say NO very clearly. Here is a list of what not to feed a dog, some of these things I didn’t even know.
3. Use Codewords
I discussed this is the last tip but once dogs get used to certain words like “treat” and “breakfast”, they also must get used to words like “no” and “kisses!” We used these words so often so that Cooper began to understand their meaning. No! For when he eats things that don’t belong to him. Kisses! for when he bites too hard when playing, when we say “kisses” to him he usually stops biting and starts to lick and we reply to this with “good boy!” and sometimes a treat.
This is up to the owner but there should always be a punishment for a dogs bad actions, just like kids. When Cooper wrecks something or pees in the house without letting us know he needed to go, we put him in the kennel. He knows this is a bad sign, the dog needs to understand what he did was bad and have the same punishment every time, if it is not enough, you will need to change it to something more strict.
5. Training Him to Cry At the Door
This is so important when trying to keep the dogs from peeing in the house. By bringing your dog to one door every day he will then associate this door with the bathroom. You will always know when he has to go because of this.
Treats are very important but try not to give too many. I tend to give treats when he does a trick, or goes poopy after crying at the door, or does a good job at the vet or the bath. Giving too many treats can result in begging and other bad habits.
“Sit” is very important and it keeps him sharp and listening. We make Cooper sit before he gets a meal, before he gets let off the leash and before he gets any kind of treat. By doing this, you still have authority and he knows this is what he should do before he gets anything good.
I hope you enjoyed these tips and I hope they will help you in the future! Here are some pics of my baby!!!
Look at that little scowl. Such a cutie lol.