Try to get a new start to '08 by focusing on obedience. Having a well-trained pet makes you (and your pet) look good even to those non-animal lovers, and it's always fun to bond with your pal. Oftentimes, manners issues can be helped with proper socialization – if pooch doesn't play well with others yet, consider bringing him to a playgroup to get him used to the sights, smells, and sounds of other dogs and, if he's timid around people, try introducing him to friends in individual and small group settings on his turf. If need be, take it one step further and enlist outside help. For a pet still working through naughty habits like pulling on the leash or jumping on strangers, take the time to enroll him in an obedience class. For those pups already earning gold stars in the manners department, consider an advanced obedience or agility class. It's a great way to learn to work with each other better!

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