Seven Habits of Highly Effective Dog Owners

by Eric Letendre

Here are the seven habits all good dog owners have in common. Follow these steps, provided by the Best Pet Bud blog and you’ll be a highly effective dog owner.

  1. Training

    All great dog owners spend some time training their dogs. Training is the best way to communicate with your dog. Your dog has no idea that they are not supposed to pull on leash, to not jump on guests, or to come back when you call them.

  2. Exercise

    Our dogs spend a lot of time waiting around for us. We go off to work, we’re busy, we have appointments to keep, and our dogs are just hanging out waiting for us to do something with them.

    Dogs are extremely social and want to interact with us. Every dog needs two forms of exercise - mental and physical.

  3. Good food

    Not all dog foods are created equal. Feeding your dog a good diet is very important. Look at some of the labels on dog food cans. Some of them are loaded with chemicals, dyes, sugar and low grade products.

  4. Leadership

    Dogs are social pack animals. They survive by living together in packs. In order for that pack to survive they need to develop a social structure with a leader. When your dog comes into the house, you need to become the pack leader.

    By becoming the pack leader your dog will know where they fit in. Becoming the pack leader does not mean that you have to be forceful. It simply means that you need to control the activities that are important to your dog which are sleeping, eating, playing, and social contact.

  5. Play

    Dogs live to play. Ever watch a group of puppies together? It is one of my favorite things to do. A group of puppies will jump, run, tug, and have a great time together. Playing with your dog is a great way to exercise and bond with your dog. It will also fulfill an important need in your dog.

  6. Management

    Good management skills are crucial. When a dog is young they usually get into a lot of trouble by chewing, stealing, jumping, etc. The owner, as the leader and teacher, needs to manage the dog’s behavior when they are young. As the dog gets older and learns how to live with us humans, we do not need to manage as much.

  7. Patience

    Some of the best dog owners I know are the ones who are patient. Having a dog, especially a young one, can be very trying.

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Mary H. said…
Great list!

I think many dog problems originate because people don't teach their dogs the right thing to do and don't provide the dog with enough exercise. The dog doesn't mean to be bad---he just has a ton of energy and doesn't know the proper way to get rid of that energy.


Mary H.

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