Attending parties with your pooch for the holidays?
Here are five tips from our Community Training Coordinator, Shauna Romero, CPDT-KA to ensure you get invited back!
1. House Training: Just because your dogs don’t potty in your house doesn’t mean they won’t have an accident in your host’s house. To prevent any unwanted accidents, keep your dog on a leash with you. Take him outside often and praise him when he goes potty outside.
2. Begging: No one likes a beggar! Keep an eye on your dog at all times during parties.
3. Jumping: To prevent any unwanted stains on guest’s clothes, keep your dog on a leash. While greeting people, lower your leash to the ground and step on it so your dog can’t lift his feet off the ground. Your dog will still be able to sit, stand, turn around and/or lay down. Reward your dog with treats and praise him as he greets people with his feet on the ground.
4. Settle: Teaching your dog to settle on a mat allows you to enjoy your holiday festivities. Your dog can be a part of the holiday celebration without having to worry about what possible trouble he can get into.
5. Stress: Our pets can get just as stressed with increased guests, noise and activity. Make sure your pet always has a quiet secure place to escape the commotion. Set up a crate in a quiet room to give him a break. To keep him busy, give him lots of chews and interactive toys.
Most importantly, guests coming in and out of your home will be at a peak this time of year, and it increases the potential for pets escaping through open doors. Keep your pets safely indoors and ask your guests to be mindful of your pets when opening and closing doors. Always make sure your pets are wearing their current ID tags and that their microchip information is up-to-date, just in case! If your pet does go missing, a pet ID and microchip will help ensure a quick reunion.
UPCOMING TRAINING CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
|Puppy Play Groups|
SDHS San Diego Campus
Saturday, Dec. 10 at 9 a.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 17 at 9 a.m.
Puppy Play Group is a great opportunity for your puppy to learn social skills with other puppies in a safe and supervised environment. Trainers narrate play and match puppies who are compatible playmates, ensuring puppies are having positive experiences.
Periods of play alternate with breaks, where you will have time to ask our professional trainer any questions you have about puppy training. Cost: $20.
For more information about Pet Paws,
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