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If you haven’t noticed, some people treat their dogs much like their children. They obviously care deeply about them, but they also take offense to any criticisms some may have toward their pets as well. Much like commenting that a parent’s child needs boot camp, if you make a comment regarding a dog needing some training for their behavior issues a pet owner may become quite frazzled by this. So, what if anything can you do if you are always confronted with a dog that simply has poor social skills?


Walking into a home where a dog lives is going into their territory. They want to check you out and ensure that they are protecting the people they live with, and that must be understood first. Certainly, it can be annoying to go to friend’s home and every time you walk in the door you are jumped on or even worse, attacked or barked at viciously by their dog. You can try to walk away or pet the animal to get it to relax, and the dog owner should really be there controlling the situation, hopefully. If you happen to live with a pet of your own, many times the dog will simply be smelling that animal on your clothing and eventually walk away from you. For the dogs that simply do not stop pawing at you, should you say something to the owner or keep putting up with it?


Naturally, your first instinct is to make a remark to the owner, but do be cautious as previously mentioned, many owners will take it as seriously as you attacking their own child. Instead of saying their dog is “bad” or needs training, it may be better to ask for some help calming the dog down instead. You also ask “does he always do this, or just when I am here?” this may cause the owner to think about how their dog is acting and begin to diffuse the situation. Some dog owners take the wrong approach by giving the dog a treat to deter them from pawing you. This may distract the dog so you can move freely about the home, but in a sense it is sending the wrong message by rewarding the pup for it’s poor behavior. Thus, encouraging it to continue doing it to earn more treats in the future. Instead, many dog training experts claim it is better to first try to ignore that dog when they constantly nag at a guest in their home to warn them that this type of behavior is frowned upon and not encouraged. If the dog persists at jumping or barking, then the owner is to place the dog in another area of the home such as their cage or the garage and not have any contact with them for a few minutes as if a parent would give a child a time out in a similar sense. After a few minutes, the dig will generally calm itself down and may even need a nap from all the effort they put into your arrival.


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