A Whole New Way Of Being A Dog Parent

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

With Good Sit - We'll teach you how to have total communication with your dog, it's not about tricks. Tip #1 - always always always have an 'OUT POINT' when you give a command. Don't leave them hanging, unless you WANT them to pick when the lesson is over! Aka "my dog's inconsistent" =  or are YOU being inconsistent?

Do you remember what the first day was like?!?

Meet little “Cujo”! We’ve all had a little “Cujo” in our lives (oops no pun intended) if you've brought home a new dog. Everyone has had to pick up an “accident” or two, right? Would you believe that that's enough for some people to get rid of their dogs?

 

STUDY SHOWS BAD BEHAVIOR TOP REASON WHY DOG OWNERS GIVE UP

About one-third (30 percent) of dog owners who give up their pets to an animal shelter do so because of the dogs' perceived behavior problems, new research suggests. The study, which included a survey of 56 dog owners who surrendered their pets to the Capital Area Humane Society in Columbus, found that bad behavior was the top reason for relinquishing a dog. 

But many of the reported problems are normal behaviors for dogs, particularly young ones, said Sara Staats, co-author of the study and professor of psychology at Ohio State University's Newark campus. "Many new dog owners either don't know or don't remember what is normal behavior for young puppies," Staats said. "The problem often isn't with the dogs, it's with the owners' expectations."

The most commonly reported behavior problem was hyperactivity, followed by housebreaking problems, biting, destructive chewing when the owner was away, fearfulness and barking. "With the exception of biting, these behaviors should be expected from dogs," she said. "And even with biting, many inexperienced owners confuse play biting in puppies with aggression." 

Staats noted that more than half of the dogs (53 percent) were surrendered when they were less than a year old. Puppies this young can't be expected to be perfectly well-behaved without training from the owners, she said. The study was published in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association. In addition to behavior problems, the other major reasons that dog owners gave up their pets: 

  • Dog takes too much time, work and money (21 percent) 
  • Owner is moving (19 percent) 
  • Owner is ill or allergic to dogs (9 percent) 
  • Dog part of a new litter (5 percent) 
  • Dog is ill (4 percent) 
  • Other (12 percent) 

Staats said that many people let their emotions take over when they choose a young kitten or puppy as a pet. "People are attracted to young pets because they're so cute," she said. "But young animals have a lot of energy and are rambunctious. Many people either don't have the skills or aren't willing to acquire the knowledge to give them proper training." 

The best pet owners are those that not only feel affection for their pets, but also feel a sense of commitment to taking care of them. "Too many pet owners like their pets, but aren't willing to alter their lifestyle or spend the time and money necessary to properly take care of the animal," she said. "If you were a pet you would hope for an owner that is not only attached to you, but also committed to you." Contact: Sara Staats; Staats.1@osu.edu.