After two years of unconventional living, which included being unable to participate in certain hobbies that had previously been part of our daily schedules, we are all slowly readjusting to a “new normal.” Dogs, especially those three years or younger, have spent a major chunk of their lives with the same limited group of people. Now, as pet parents return to the office, and larger in-person events regain popularity, it is important to train dogs to remain occupied at home and to behave well around people they don’t know. Here are a few useful tips to share with your clients regarding these goals:
Pet parents who have become used to working from home and feel uncomfortable leaving their pup to return to the office may gain some peace of mind by finding a way to entertain canine companions who are home alone during the day. Unique gadgets like treat dispensers, some of which are equipped with two-way voice and video, make it possible to stimulate and connect with pets throughout the day to make it easier for them to be alone. At less than 3 calories per treat, Charlee Bear’s Original Crunch and Grain Free Crunch lines are an ideal option for filling the treat dispenser and frequently rewarding pups in general.
Having a socialized pup who is well behaved around strangers and other dogs is a huge goal for most clients, but they must be willing to put the work in to achieve it. One of the easiest ways for your client to acclimate their pup to the outside world is to constantly change their walk route. Even if it’s just once a week, taking a dog to a new path or different neighborhood allows them to be exposed to different people, pets and environments.
Some dogs are intrigued by the littlest things when they’re out for a walk. That’s why loose-leash training is one of Animal Behavior College’s several basic obedience dog training cues. Every pet learns at their own pace and has their own motivations, making it crucial for your clients to be patient, yet alert, when training their pup to stay cool and collected during walks. Using a harness that is the correct size and a leash that is comfortable for client and pup are easy ways to set their canine companion up for success. Encourage your clients to take it one step at a time, learning and growing with their pup along the way. But most importantly, remember that consistency is key!
Offering group training to your clients is also a great way for them to expose their pets to other dogs, people and distractions. No matter where your clients’ pups are at in the obedience process, they will surely benefit from the lessons taught during classes like these.
Practice makes perfect, and no matter the training scenario, pups deserve consistent rewards for good behavior. Charlee Bear’s Original Crunch and Grain Free Crunch treats are Pocket Perfectâ— so clients can keep a handful in their pocket without worrying about crumbs, odors or stains.
Our pets are our best friends, and we love having them join us in the hobbies and activities we enjoy most. The tips above will empower your clients to help their pups adapt to a new and improved post-pandemic lifestyle. Their pups will gradually become more comfortable around strangers, making it easy for clients to determine whether they should bring their dog to a family member’s sports game, a local fair or even the dog park. Most importantly, these exercises will enhance the bond that your client and their dog already share, strengthening trust and promoting an even deeper connection.