Left to their own devices, dogs will do what they want to do whenever they want to do it. When dogs live with us as pets, more accurately they will do whatever they’re allowed to do, whenever they’re allowed to do it. So if you are reluctant to impose boundaries on your dog it’s quite likely they will exhibit behaviours which people will find anti-social. Like barking a lot, jumping up on people, mouthing, nipping, soiling indoors, resource guarding, showing aggression towards people or other dogs.

Now, there are hardly any people who could honestly say they do not impose any boundaries on their dog. Most people will insist that it’s not acceptable for a dog to toilet indoors. This is a clear boundary to the dog. When you need to go, you go outside.

Other boundaries are equally simple to instill into your dog if you are clear and consistent in applying the rules.

No jumping on visitors should mean no jumping up on people – ever. This means it’s not ok to let your dog jump on you or your family when you get home from work because he’s pleased to see you. Yes he is pleased to see you but it isn’t fair to confuse him by allowing him to do this and then scolding him when he does the same thing to a visitor. Be fair, be consistent and your dog will learn much quicker!