If you have a dog who could use a few more manners, check out Higginbotham’s words of wisdom.
1. Train your pup.
“A trained pup is much easier to handle, and there are far less incidents than untrained dogs. It is much easier to stop your dog from doing unwanted behavior if you have spent a little time to train them.”
2. Constantly ask yourself: Do I want this behavior out of my dog or not?
“If not, we do not want to reinforce that behavior at all. Examples of this are jumping and begging.”
3. Socialize your pup at an early age.
“The first seven months of a dog’s life is the most critical social learning period. It does not mean that problems can’t be fixed later, it’s just more difficult. Take your pup with you to as many places as you can to expose them to as many different situations as possible. Don’t just take them to the vet or groomer. Fun things do not happen there.”
4. Don’t scold your dog after the fact.
“Many pet owners scold their dog after they have found something the dog did wrong. For example, potty in the house or chew a shoe. Dogs live right in the moment; whatever they’re looking at, that’s what they’re thinking about. When we find something wrong, we normally call the dog to us to show them why we are displeased and fuss. The dog thinks they’re getting in trouble for the last thing they just did which is come to us. We build an avoidance to ourselves and teach our dog not to come to us because bad things happen.”
5. Consistency is key in training our pup, and everyone in the house needs to be on the same page.
“Always follow through. If you tell your pup to do something, even if you don’t care if they do it or not, you need to make them do it. You can always release them to go back to what they were doing.”
You will find Perry Higginbotham in the company of canines – chubby, mischievous puppies, highly trained hounds and every conceivable pup in between. Locally, Higginbotham is known as the Southeast Texas Dog Whisperer because he can take wild and unruly pets and turn them into first-class citizens. Higginbotham has […]