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Can We Bring By Doug and Elizabeth Simpson, Owners of Tenderfoot Training

When was the last time one of your friends invited you over and asked you to bring your dog? Been awhile? Perhaps your friends would rather you didn’t bring your dog. Ever wonder why? Is it because he tends to jump on people when he greets them? Or is it because he jumps up on furniture? Remember when he lifted his leg on their table? Oh! And what about the time he got possessive over the dog toys and growled at their dog? Let’s not even mention when he chased their cat all over the house and knocked over the lamp. If you want your dog to be welcome in other people’s lives and homes, you have to work on his social skills. Just as kids need to have manners in order to be welcome in nice restaurants, your dog should have good manners in order to earn invitations into your friends’ and family’s homes.

Though it seems like common sense, not everyone has the same expectations of a dog’s behavior as you do. So it’s best to make sure your canine companion is acting his best for everyone’s sake. For instance, your friend’s or family’s prize garden is probably viewed by your dog as a playground, so try to ensure that your dog is under control during visits. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to go to someone’s home and have everyone comment on your dog’s good behavior? It will take time and effort to achieve this. You don’t show up for a competition unless you have practiced and prepared. There are so many things you can do to help prepare your dog for visiting friends. 1.

Ask the homeowners what are the rules they have for dogs while in their home.

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 alm attitude: A calm attitude C leads to calm reactions. Energy leads to energized reactions. Teach your dog that calmness wins him what he wants. He must be calm to be fed, to go out the

door, to approach other people, and to get attention from you. Teach your dog to be calm and the invitations will flood in. 2.

 alm greetings: Teach your dog C to greet calmly and patiently. He should only get attention from other people when he is sitting patiently.


 o jumping up or pawing: People N generally don’t want a dog to leap up at them and soil their clothes, and they also don’t want paws scraping down their arms and legs. If your dog is a jumper, you’ll need to find a friend to practice this skill with.


 o licking: No one wants a bath N from a dog.


 bility to hold a long sit-stay or A down-stay: This is always useful and very impressive. If your dog has a well rehearsed sit- or downstay, then most of your problems

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