We all have in-laws or family members who insist on helping your dog break house rule. A piece of turkey slipped from a dinner plate and popped into your dog’s eager mouth, a pat on the cushions inviting your dog on the furniture, rough play with your dog, or disciplining your dog with a swat on it’s nose. It happens all the time.
This Christmas, let visitors know the ground-rules early set by you, his guardian and caregiver. And let them know the reasons and risk of repercussions. Be firm. Here are some of the ones I would include:
Providing these ground-rules allows for discussions up front before the festiviites start. Your visitors and relatives will respect your clarity and decisions if presented in a calm and confident manner. Plan to include these helpful messages and thoughts as part of your successful holiday gathering.
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'Sparky' Smith is a Canine Behaviorist and Practioner, educated through the International School for Canine Psychology & Behaviour, earning her ISCP.DIP.CANINE.PRAC.