How to Get a Dog to Behave in Restaurants

Are you going out to a dog-friendly restaurant, and want to bring your pooch along? You want to be considerate of your dining partners and the other restaurant patrons, so only bring your dog along if he can behave in the setting.

Steps

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    Get your dog used to food. While cooking dinner, call your dog to sniff and resist it. Practicing that makes your dog used to being around food and behaving.
    • Be consistent about not feeding your dog "people food." Don't allow him to beg for scraps from the table at home, so he won't expect the same at a restaurant.
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    Always have your dog's leash hooked on the chair or table. Restaurants are busy places, and even a well-behaved dog might see something distracting or tempting. Be certain that your dog won't wander, by keeping him close by and on his leash.
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    Have little dog snacks for your dog to eat while dining, if desired. While it's often considered impolite or inappropriate to feed your dog with food from the table, it may, depending on the setting, be okay to bring some dog biscuits or treats along to keep your dog happy.
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    Make sure your dog will sit on command. Having your dog wander around will distract others and may result in you being asked to leave the restaurant. Make sure your dog can sit under or next to your chair or table without disturbing others.
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    Make sure your dog can be quiet. Barking in a public place and disturbing other restaurant patrons is a no-no. If your dog can't be calm and quiet, don't bring him out to a restaurant.

Warnings

  • Breeds can change the results. Some dogs are smaller and calmer, and therefore more appropriate choices to bring to a restaurant.

Article Info

Categories: Dog Obedience