All Family Members Must Be On The Same Page
Like children, dogs need consistency when it comes to rules.
It's very perplexing for a dog when the rules change with each individual in the household. At best, your dog will feel confused. At worst, your dog will think that everything is permitted - and that can lead to anything from minor to major disasters.
Sorting It Out Doesn't Have To Be Complicated
The long and the short of it is that your dog needs ALL family members to follow one set of rules - not for each individual have their own system.
If you currently have a multi-rule household, it's time for a family meeting. Sit down with pen and paper and decide on what the rules will be. And don't be intimidated by the thought of creating one cohesive system, because it doesn't have to be complicated in the least.
A Starting Point
To get you going, use the following four household rules as a starting point:
Keep It Simple And Stick To It
As you can see, it's not complicated at all. In fact, it's very simple: you decide on the rules and on the command words to be used, and everyone sticks to that same system. This goes for rules for outside the home too - like while out for a walk or when at a friend's house.
Have a meeting with your family today and create a cohesive environment for your dog. Everyone, canine and human alike, will be better for it.
SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.
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