This isn't always cute.We send our cats and dogs to trainers and behaviorists in the hopes of raising polite, sociable pets. But sometimes it's the people who need a refresher course in good manners. Here, 10 tips to becoming a well bred pet owner.
The Scenario: Guests are coming to your home and you have a dog.
The Proper Petiquette: It depends on the dog and the guests, says Victoria Stilwell, star of Animal Planet's TV series It's Me or the Dog. A fearful dog may be more comfortable if confined to a safe space behind a baby gate, while a canine with aggressive tendencies should be kept away from strangers. Even a well-mannered dog should be separated from visitors, especially children, who are afraid of dogs. If your guest is an animal lover and your dog is friendly, introduce the two after the initial excitement of welcoming visitors has worn off and your pup has calmed down.
The Scenario: Your pet hurts another animal.
The Proper Petiquette: Keep aggressive dogs on a leash at all