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Good Dog Neighbor Etiquette

Recently, neighbors moved in with a new dog. I thought it might be great to come over and meet them with our dog, Sasha.

The family seemed nice, a husband and wife and two young children, and a Husky dog that is three years old.

The family went out that night and all was quiet for about ten minutes, and then it started. Barking, and more barking and went on for about 4 hours, until the family returned. I thought nothing of it, since it was a new home and the dog was trying to adjust to new surroundings.

Then it continued each day, all day, every day. The amount of time they are gone to work the dog barks. In the house, the dog barks, outside of the house, the dog barks. I am surprised that the dog hasn’t gone hoarse yet!

This got me to thinking whether there are articles about neighborhood dog etiquette and what to do about it.

Of course, I found a great article and have since gone over to talk to the family and gave them a copy of the article. I know it might seem harsh, but I don’t want to live with headaches daily and listening to a dog bark for many MANY hours each day.

Not only does that article discuss barking, it gives great information about dogs wandering and good dog park manners.

Hopefully the family won’t be offended and we can get back to living with our dogs in the neighborhood, happily and in peace.

Housetraining a PUPPY

So you decided to add a puppy to your forever family?  Great!  Is he/she potty trained/housebroken?  No?  Well now is the time to teach them proper potty methods.

First and foremost, you will need to be CONSISTENT and PATIENT.  Puppy’s do their business wherever because that is what they do, it’s not something that they know that there is a place to do their business until YOU teach them where you want their business done.

Never ever slap, hit, or rub the puppy’s nose in his business if he goes inside.  There will be mistakes, as it is a huge learning process for any puppy.  In using physical punishment, you are teaching your puppy to be fearful of doing their business in front of you or doing their business at all.  That is not what you are trying to accomplish.

First make sure to choose a spot outside that you want your puppy to use, kind of like having their own toilet.

Have a command word ready when you want them to finish up, something like “Go Potty” or “Hurry up”.

Know that a puppy should be taken outside about six times a day to do their business.  They should be taken outside about 15 minutes after they finish eating.  Puppies do not need to be free fed, they need to have a schedule and you need to be consistent with that schedule.  Talk to your vet about a good feeding schedule and how much to feed.

Always praise profusely when your puppy goes outside.  Also, a puppy cannot physically hold its waste until morning, so you will have to take your puppy outside at least once a night so that they can eliminate.

If you are unable to commit to a schedule like this, perhaps a puppy is not the first choice of a pet.

Dogs are able to handle a different schedule and do not require being let out as often.

There is a great article here about how to successfully train a puppy and then how to teach them to ring a bell every time they need to go out to do their business.

Good luck, be patient and soon you will have a fully housebroken pup!