How I train my dog to behave in public areas
A well mannered dog is acceptable to bring to public places. A dog that misbehaves is like the toddler that is crying and throwing a tantrum in the middle of the grocery store while everyone else looks on.
Since I never leave home without my two dogs, their well mannered behavior is very important to me. That means that they must:
I want my dog to see me as the center of their universe. At home I’m their source for food, care, play and socialization. On a rare occasion their “Popz” gets to feed them but it’s a rare event.
In public I want this relationship to continue. I don’t want them to see others as “petting machines” because I don’t want them running off to get attention. In fact I want them to be aloof to strangers.
That said – the Boston Terrier breed is known for it’s affection. Needless to say I’ve been working on this goal ever since they were puppies.
The main reason for this desire to be the center of their universe, is because their safety is my number one priority. I need to be in control of the situation at all times.
If my dogs have been attentive and I know I can keep their attention I agree for them to be petted. I reply by saying: “I’m training my dogs to be obedient canine citizens. If you don’t mind, can we turn this into a training session. I’m going to ask them to sit down and be calm. And you can pet to reward that behavior. If they are too excited, we won’t reward them. Is this ok with you?”; and I find 100% of the time strangers are happy to oblige.
I’ve also found that 99% of children do NOT know how to approach or pet a dog. If its too crowded or too busy I’ll politely say, “My dogs are training right now. Thank you for asking. But they can’t be petted while they are working.”
And if it quiet and the parents are engaged, I use the opportunity to help train the child how to pet a dog.
Maggie is reactive dog. She’s a bit tense and insecure in her greetings which cause her to misinterpret other dogs. This has led to some tense interactions and my preference is that she not greet other dogs while she is leashed.
The other rule I have is that I have to be the first one to greet the other dog. This is so I can assess the dog’s mood and temperament before I allow my dogs to greet them.
I respond by saying: “Obedience – I’m training my dogs to be well mannered canine citizens.”
I lost my first Boston Terrier to a dog bite injury. I have witnessed dog on dog aggression incidents and quite simply, my priority is safety first.
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