In Part 5 we talked about grooming your pet, which is a lot more then just giving them an occasional brush or bath, so let go on to Part 6.

Control Your Pet’s Behavior

This is an important one because you are the person who is ultimately responsible for your pet’s behavior. The your dog gets loose and destroys someone’s property, you are responsible so make sure that you can control their behavior for this and many other reasons.

Your pet’s behavior depends largely on the treatment and training it receives from you. Kindness, affection, praise, and patience on your part will be rewarded by a well-behaved pet. And the time to begin is when your pet is very young.

Here are some guidelines for controlling your pet’s behavior:

  • Look for the root cause of a pet’s misbehavior -Loneliness, insecurity, strange people in the house, or a sudden change in routine, all can cause your pet to behave abnormally. You should try to correct such problems whenever possible.
  • Always praise good behavior -Whenever your pet responds positively to your commands — coming when called, sitting, etc. — even if it does so reluctantly, give it lots of praise. A pet isn’t likely to understand if you reprimand it for being slow in its response. A pet that is well-treated — dog or cat — will trust you and be eager to please.
  • If your dog misbehaves, say “No” in a loud, firm voice. As soon as it obeys, give it praise and affection. If it slips its leash and runs off, reward it with praise and a “treat” when it returns at your command.
  • Instead of threats or punishment — try gentle persuasion. If you react angrily to a pet’s misdeeds, you’ll only agitate the animal. Remain calm, and say “No” firmly. If your pet responds positively, lavish it with praise and stroke it affectionately.
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