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New Year’s Petsolution: Improve Manners

Try to get a new start to '08 by focusing on obedience. Having a well-trained pet makes you (and your pet) look good even to those non-animal lovers, and it's always fun to bond with your pal. Oftentimes, manners issues can be helped with proper socialization – if pooch doesn't play well with others yet, consider bringing him to a playgroup to get him used to the sights, smells, and sounds of other dogs and, if he's timid around people, try introducing him to friends in individual and small group settings on his turf. If need be, take it one step further and enlist outside help. For a pet still working through naughty habits like pulling on the leash or jumping on strangers, take the time to enroll him in an obedience class. For those pups already earning gold stars in the manners department, consider an advanced obedience or agility class. It's a great way to learn to work with each other better!

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Nannabell Nannabell 8 years
I wish that my little Maggie would learn to be a lady. She is still a puppy (little over a year old), but she needs to learn not to be a bully to her older siblings. I love her to death, but she turned the house upside down. I am going to pull my hair out, but I will be loving her while I do it.
Rally-RE Rally-RE 8 years
i've taken classes at petsmart and pet food express (back when i didn't know any better). while i'm sure there are some good classes out there connected to the stores, what i've found through my own experience and others, is that there are better places to go. check out classes taught at your local community center, dog training club, private training clubs, or even ARF. those instructors know what they are talking about and classes are held in a building and not in the middle of the store while others shop around you.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
Hmph. I wish there were a CatSugar. :)
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I want to put B-Bop back in puppy school. He knows stuff and is a quick learner just isn't a good Listener!!!
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