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by Rolan Tripp, DVM and Susan Tripp, MS

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Getting Started Week 18 - Who's Telling Who What to Do?

Dogs are social creatures. They have been bred to enjoy human companionship and attention. We enjoy the behaviors dogs show us that resemble affection. For example, when the dog puts his head in our laps, or lifts a paw for attention, we melt.

We think our dogs are brilliant when they bang the food bowl for food or bring us their leashes or balls. Sadly, taken to the extreme, these lovable behaviors become problematic.

In many cases, the pet parent did not intent to  teach the pet this behavior but has reinforced it. The pet may have learned this is one of the best ways to get the attention he or she craves from the owner.

Identify Pet Attention Seeking Behaviors

Attention seeking behaviors are anything the pet does to get the pet parent's attention such as nudging, pawing, leaning, vocalizing, running around in circles - you name it!

Remember this rule of thumb: Anything that gets attention (rewarded) gets repeated (because it gets the pet what is wanted).

Parenting Tips™ for your puppy 

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