Does the opinion of other people about your pup’s behavior really matter? Yes, it would help if you actually cared, because when you are both out in public, your Fido is a representative of the canine species.
If your dog behaves negatively by jumping up at lunging at strangers, or barking incessantly, this is intimidating and unpleasant for others. Nevertheless, a dog that behaves well and sits politely and walks nicely to heel to greet people is a wonderful pleasure.
HOW TO GET YOUR DOG TO BEHAVE ANYWHERE!
Having a pup that behaves properly in public means that you could relax, appreciate, and enjoy walks and hikes instead of always being on edge, anticipating the potential issues that could arise when your dog starts misbehaving.
Keep in mind that the dog and the way he behaves when out in public are your responsibility, both in the eyes of the law and in moral terms. Should your pup jump up at an elderly man, knocking him over so that he fractures a hip, then you could be liable for their medical expenses.
To behave properly in public means having your dog under control all the time, whether or not he is on the leash. This skill does not happen overnight, but it could be developed through constant obedience training.
Even a simple command like “Sit”, together with walking to heel, give your dog a great grounding so that he can meet and greet new people without having to show you up. Always remember that training both pups and grown dogs need time, patience, and persistence.
For pups, the world is a hugely exciting place that’s brimming with new smells, sounds, and sights, so distraction is common. On the other hand, for adult dogs, they might have developed bad habits that have to be replaced with new positive behavior.
Nevertheless, for both pups and adult dogs, make sure to apply reward-based training strategies. This means rewarding your dog’s positive behavior.
It helps make them think about what they should do to make you happy and earn a reward or treat from you. Conventional methods that focus on dominating the dog are already obsolete because they tap into punishment and intimidation to frighten the dog into complying.
Simple obedience training needs no more than:
• A leash and collar to help restrain your dog
• Small tasty treats for reward
• A small bag to keep your treats in that you can clip on your belt
Consistency, Time, and Patience
Train your pup at least twice a day for 10 to 15 minutes. You could also combine training into your hikes or walks, like getting your dog to sit curbside. Nevertheless, make sure to keep your training fun and lively, and always end on a happy note with a simple command your dog knows and could do well. This also helps build enthusiasm and confidence for the next session.