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Good Manners

A large percentage of the Goldens, Labs, Doodles, and dogs with “hearts of gold” surrendered to DVGRR come from pet owners who did not take the time to train their dog, resulting in dogs that misbehave or create havoc in the home. Dogs are not born knowing what is considered appropriate versus inappropriate behavior; they depend on us to teach them house rules and good manners. Every responsible dog owner needs to learn effective canine communication skills and how to use positive, rewards-based training methods to help even the most errant dog become a well-mannered member of the family. These articles and links can help you learn the basics and cope with some common behavior and training issues.