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The secret to getting your dog to behave

Dogs take their cues from their masters, so pet parents who want their companions to be well-behaved, good mannered and safe need to set a good example, a leading animal behaviorist says.

A pet parent must display leadership and take responsibility to help a dog lead a happy, safe and productive life, according to Liam Crowe, chief executive office and dog behavioral therapist at Bark Busters USA, the world’s largest dog training company.

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"A dog needs order and leadership from its pack leader, which means that good canine manners start with its owner," Mr. Crowe states in a media release. "Making the decision to become a dog owner comes with responsibility."

Bark Busters, which is based in Englewood, Colorado, offers these tips for dog owners:
  • Get training to help you understand your dog. Knowing your dog’s unique temperament and tendencies will help you to better control how he behaves. A well-behaved dog will enjoy a better relationship with everyone he meets, and his good manners will reflect positively on you.
  • Make time for your dog every day to pet, play with, take on walks or do other activities.
  • Provide regular exercise appropriate for your dog’s breed, age, size, and other unique characteristics. Exercise is essential to a dog’s physical and behavioral health.
  • Get your dog spayed or neutered. Spayed/neutered pets live longer and healthier lives, but they also make better companions.
  • Schedule regular checkups with a veterinarian and follow recommendations for vaccinations, diet, spaying/neutering and other care.
  • Provide proper identification. A dog should always wear an ID tag with your name, address and phone number. A microchip adds protection and increases the chance a lost dog will be returned.
  • Travel safely. Keep your dog safe in the car by using a crate or by attaching the dog to a seat belt with a harness. Never let your dog ride free in the back of a pickup (he could be thrown into traffic) or allow him to hang his truck head out of the car window (a danger to his eyes).
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  • Watch for temperature extremes. Never leave your dog in the car, which is like an oven under the blazing sun and a freezer in the bitter cold.

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