Dogs that are well behaved do not shy away, run or hide when meeting new people. They are dependable guards and companions. A well-behaved canine barks to let you know if someone is at the door. He remains calm when being groomed and behaves well on trips to the vet. While a dog may flinch a bit when he is given a shot, that kind of reaction is usually normal.

A dog that is well behaved does not pull on the lead when he is being walked, nor does he become wild when his leash is untied. Basic commands are always followed as well. A dog should bark or stay quiet on command.

Dog misbehavior usually arises from stress or boredom. Bad behavior includes digging, chewing, barking, mouthing, and jumping up and down. Because these activities are instinctual, it is up to the dog owner to teach which behaviors are appropriate or inappropriate.

Good behavior is encouraged when boundaries are set and enforced consistently. Reinforce a dog's good behavior by rewarding him with toys, treats and attention. Ignore inappropriate behavior, and never use physical force.

Early socialization goes a long way toward establishing good behavior. Before a dog is 12 weeks old, introduce him to friends and family, setting up play dates so that he can mingle with other dogs. Acquaint him to various surroundings and sights, exposing him to as many people and environments as possible.