We have all seen dogs chained up outside. It is important to keep your dog in the yard away from dangerous cars or other animals, but there is no need to keep the dog chained up outside 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
Dogs are pack animals. They prefer to be in groups. It is said that a dog is man’s best friend. Treat your dog like he or she is your best friend by letting him be in the house with you. Would you invite your best friend to your home and tell them to stay out in the yard, or would you invite them into your home to spend time together?
Placing a dog outside on a chain on a permanent basis is not the best option for your pet. Out of sight and out of mind typically applies in this situation. When you first place the dog outside in the yard, you have good intentions. You plan to take the pet for walks and play time. You may even plan to allow Fido to come inside and visit the family. Soon, the time crunch of this society takes a toll on your duties.
Before you know it, your dog hasn’t been played with in a couple of days. You just got really busy. Your pet misses your company and begins barking. The barking dog not only becomes annoying, but a neighborhood nuisance. This is not the direction you intended to go when you brought home that cute little puppy.
To avoid this situation, let us take a look at why pets are kept outside on a chain permanently. Frequently, the reason a dog is placed outside is due to behavior problems. What can be done to ensure you don’t feel the need to put Fido outside on a permanent basis? Get some training. Both you and your pet can use some training.
Learn what you can about your pet’s behavior. Your dog needs to know that you are in charge.
Teach your pet basic obedience. Commands such as sit, stay, and come are very useful. Teaching your dog to stay down is handy when guests arrive. If you can’t control your pet, you will be more likely to send Fido outside to the yard.
There are many books, websites, and television programs devoted to teaching you how to properly train your pet. All of these sources undoubtedly have great information, but sometimes, it is best to talk to an expert on a one on one level. It can be very helpful to speak to your vet or a dog trainer for suggestions and training tips.
Occasionally, you may want to hire a trainer. He or she will meet you and your pet to discover what tips suit your lifestyle and your pet’s personality. A few sessions with a professional dog trainer can make a world of difference when it comes to the behavior of your pet. You will be amazed at the improvement.
When your dog knows basic obedience, it will behave. A well-behaved dog is one that will be well socialized. A socialized and obedient pet is one that will be your best friend. You will be able to keep your pet with you, enjoy the dog, and give him or her the life it deserves.