- Let your pet know who the boss is from the start. Establish the rules and follow them consistently.
- If your pet demonstrates poor behavior in certain situations or environments, avoid those situations as much as possible.
- If you keep a close eye on your pet, you'll quickly learn what it needs to be comfortable and cared for.
- When you get a new pet, make sure you supervise it closely during training and restrict its access to a small area of your home until properly trained.
- Encourage and reward good behavior.
- Correct bad behaviors by providing your pet with alternatives (e.g., swap a toy for your favorite tennis shoes or a chew stick in lieu of a table leg)
- Positive reinforcement is good. Never reprimand your pet physically or force it to follow your commands, as this may lead to fear and aggression.
- Don't "rough house" with your pet or encourage aggressive behavior, as your pet can't distinguish between when this is acceptable and when it isn't.
- Slowly socialize your puppy exposing it to other people, animals and environments so that over time, it becomes comfortable with its living situation.
- If your pet continues to demonstrate serious behavior problems, seek the counsel of your vet or a veterinary behaviorist.
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