Monday, April 16, 2012

Sharing Custody of a Dog: To Raise Your Dog in a Way That is Right...

Sharing a dog is not easy, especially if you don't share the same rules. Much like sharing custody of children, sharing responsibility of a dog can lead to some concerns about the rules in your dog's "other home". If you and the other pet-sharing-owner do not agree on rules of behavior, you may notice some traits emerging that you simply don't tolerate in your home.

So what can you do to prevent confusion over the house rules? The first, and perhaps most important, is to develop your voice. This is the voice that you will use consistently when your dog is displaying unwanted behavior. Whatever you say in this tone will be understood to be heard, and paid attention to. Develop a tone, a vibe that your dog will understand, and use this each time you need your dog's attention.

Once you develop the tone, use it consistently throughout the day, guiding your dog through the rules once again. This may seem redundant to you, but your dog will soon remember the rules, and eventually, each visit will be much more pleasant. Following your rules will become more of an exercise in muscle memory, and with time, you will no longer need to remind your beloved pet of your boundaries. It will be a pleasant experience for both of you, and the whole pack will be happier in the long run.