Raising a dog is not an easy job. While the rewards are many, it’s also a lot of work. It takes a great deal of energy, patience and self-control to train and care for our Pets. This is why Hannah’s placement process involves a thorough screening and counseling process to help our members prepare for their new family member.
There are many common mistakes Pet parents make in the puppy-raising process that can seem harmless but are anything but! Here is a list of some of the biggest no-no’s and why they can be so damaging:
- It’s easy to over-indulge our Pets. However, like a child, spoiling a Pet can cause unwanted behaviors. Remember, when she whines and we reward her with a treat or food, we are teaching her that begging pays off. This can often lead to more severe begging, jumping, pawing or counter-surfing.
- Feeding from the table is a mistake many Pet parents make. The problem is, feeding a Pet from the table, even once or twice, can lead to a bad habit of escalated begging while the family is eating. If you’ve made this mistake, stop now! Over time, she’ll learn that the table-feeding is a thing of the past. If you’ve never fed your Pet from the table, don’t start!
- Yelling/screaming at your Pet is never a good idea. Our Pets are not always going to do exactly what we want them to, which can be frustrating! However, yelling or screaming only serves to cause unhealthy emotional responses, such as anxiety and fear. It’s best to train and distract. Is the Pet chewing a shoe? Replace it with a Kong. Did she run outside and into the street? Yelling may cause her to continue running from you. Lure her in with a treat and a calm voice.
- It seems counter-intuitive to tell your Pet to get down when they jump up to enthusiastically greet us when we come home. But this is a behavior that may not be welcome by all. Rewarding a jumping dog with affection encourages her to jump on others and can cause injury if not addressed. When she jumps up, withhold your greeting and affection until she sits calmly.
While this is a short list, these are some of the most common mistakes Pet parents make. If your Pet already exhibits some of these behaviors or others and you need help, Hannah is here for you!
For a low monthly fee, Hannah members enjoy lifetime behavioral support by our team of Pet behavior professionals, as well as an all-inclusive health-care package (including spaying/neutering, vaccinations, preventative care, dentals, meds, emergency care and surgeries) and food delivered directly to your home.
To learn more about how you can enroll your Pets into Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program, or to meet some of the wonderful Hannah Pets who are looking for loving forever homes, please visit our Placement Centers at Clackamas Town Center and Washington Square Mall.