The Refined Canine

Give your dog a crash course in holiday manners.

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The holiday season is a tempting time of year for your dog. Your home is filled with new decorations, the air is thick with delicious scents, and dozens of guests arrive, ringing the doorbell and carrying presents and plates of tempting treats. 

Even the most well-trained dog is tested during the holidays, says Teoti Anderson, president of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. “Don’t be surprised if you used to be able to tell him to go lie down, and now he doesn’t,” she says. “That’s perfectly normal. But knowing this ahead of time will help you handle it better.”

Plan ahead to curb unwanted behaviors such as jumping up or drooling on knees at dinner. If you’ve waited until the last minute, you can still help your dog put his best paw forward.

Pick up the November 2006 issue of DOG FANCY for the full story.


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