We love our pets, though sometimes they can drive us crazy. What can be done to help? The Nebraska Humane Society says training is the key.
We hear a lot of reasons why people give up their pets to the NHS, which can't do much to help those with serious allergies or debilitating health problems, but it can help people whose animals are unruly, pushy or need some behavior help.
Most dogs walk great on a leash, but what many pet owners don't realize is that dogs aren't born knowing how to walk on a leash. They don't instinctively know that furniture is off-limits and they don't innately know that they are dogs and we are people, so they should listen to us. They have to be taught how to act like Lassie and Benji.
The Humane Society gets many adolescent and older dogs. While some have had training, some are brought in because they won't sit, they chew stuff up and they jump on people. That's all part of being a dog. They just haven't had the education and obedience training to teach them this is unwanted behavior, so dog walkers and volunteer trainers work with these dogs to teach them better manners.
What can you do if you pet is driving you crazy? Take a class. The NHS has a variety of different schedules listed on its website.
Don't think he or she is too old. Like us, dogs can learn well into their golden years. The Humane Society also offers free behavior advice over its behavior helpline. Call 444-7800 extension 221 and leave your information or email the NHS. Their behaviorists work to get those calls turned around within two days.
Check nehumansociety.org and click on “training” for obedience class info or find downloadable tips under "behavior solutions.” Training is crucial for harmony in your home and it gives you a chance to bond with your dog.
The Nebraska Humane Society at 8929 Fort Street in Omaha is open weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekdays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.