Your dog keeps you awake for whatever reason and then once you are past getting back to sleep…yes…your beloved pet is off with the puppies!!
Well if it is a one off or even a slightly regular occurrence it is probably part of owning this beautiful pet. Of course there is dog school/training. However, for those who let their dog be a major part of the family and do most things everyone else does…the odd out of character behaviour is probably okay.
Even when my King Charles Cavalier, Choco, was playing up, because my daughter had a friend stay over, I couldn’t help but think how cute (I didn’t let her know this). Choco wanted to go into the girls’ room, but because I was pretty sure she would wake them I wouldn’t let her and she cried at my bedroom door most of the night!
Choco was responding to my firm ‘no’ noise. However, as dog owners we have to be considerate because I knew she was excited because Emma’s friend was here. So, I likened it a little to Christmas for kids! She would stop after I said ‘no’ but she just couldn’t relax.
One of the best bits of advice I have been given about dogs is we must reward good behaviour and not negative behaviour.
Time out is also a good method for dogs. I put Choco in the bathroom if she jumps on people’s faces when they are sitting on the lounge after a firm ‘no’ is ignored.
People must take the blame for leaving their favourite belongings around to be chewed by their dog. My daughter would get upset if things were chewed by Choco. I would say a firm ‘no’ if she was chewing a chair leg, however, xhewing my daughter’s slipper that was left out, is not the dog’s fault.
Just like kids though, make sure the dog is well and healthy because this may be contributing to the bad behaviour.
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