Obedience and Etiquette

April 8, 2008 at 6:44 pm 3 comments

There is a big difference between learning to obey commands and developing good manners.  An obedient dog obeys the commands he’s given.  A dog with good manners engages in appropriate behavior without being told to do so.  When a dog is taught to behave properly in a way that is consistent enough to create habits, his good behavior is maintained indefinitely. 

Teaching good manners results in a dog that understands how to cope with his world and therefore feels less stress.  It’s one of the best gifts you can give your dog. 

The weeks and months after you first acquire your dog or puppy are the best time to start creating good habits.  Instilling good habits from the beginning means that you and your dog have fewer bad ones to break later on and creating a good habit is much easier than breaking a well-established bad habit.   

Most people think that taking the time to instill good habits in their dog is an excessively time-consuming task but in the long run (and don’t we all plan to be dog owners for a long time?) being freed from constantly managing your dog’s behavior or reminding it what to do will make your life — and your dog’s — simpler and more enjoyable.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. jan  |  April 8, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    I’m convinced that dogs want to be good citizens. But first they have to have humans who are well behaved themselves.

  • 2. Audrey  |  April 9, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Very true comment. I’ve met some champions in the obedience ring who just weren’t fun to hang around with!
    The kelpie on your blog header looks just like my Guinness! Working Kelpies are wonderful dogs.

  • 3. Rocket's Mom  |  April 16, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    SO TRUE! Rude people usually equal rude dogs!

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