Does your pet’s bad behavior drive you crazy? Do you wonder if you’ll ever be able to stop the biting , barking , scratching , furniture chewing and car chasing ? Are you tearing your hair out because your animal isn’t housebroken or has given you the gift of fleas ?
We all know the different displays of everyday dog behavior, whereby all of them are perfectly normal canine activities. Dogs are predators by nature with bodies intended to chase, hunt and eat, and when you bring them to your home they will chase your visitors, hunt down your cat and eat your furniture. The challenge here is teaching these dogs to redirect their natural behavior to channels that are acceptable in the domestic setting.
Below is a list of the most common dog behavior problems:
- Aggression: Dogs can get aggressive when protecting their territory, food, and family. Even when dogs meet other dogs they usually get excited or nervous which causes aggressive behavior such as biting, barking and growling.
- Barking: Barking is a natural way for dogs to relieve tension and to scare people away. Dogs use this as a means of communication and to warn owners that strangers are around.
- Chewing: When dogs are isolated, bored, anxious or stressed, chewing is what you’ll find them doing. Now if it’s on their chew toys or a bone, that’s fine, but when it’s your shoes, rug or other furniture that’s where the problem is.
- Digging: Whether it’s to dig a bone, find a cool spot or to try to escape, dogs will dig and turn your yard in to a huge mess.
- Eliminating: Dog’s develop elimination habits early on in their lives and what they’ll tend to do is eliminate anywhere and at anytime. Big no no!
- Jumping: This dog behavior is usually a dog’s way of saying hello, but if he has muddy paws then that wouldn’t be too pleasant. Another reason why dogs jump is to see if their position is dominant or subordinate to yours.
And so you’ve tried teaching your pet. You've tried potty training your dog. You’ve gone hoarse from yelling and pleading. You chase him around your home until you’re exhausted. You’ve consulted pet care guidebooks and “ how to take care of your dog” websites. Why won’t he listen?
In order to correct such dog behavior you’ll need to become a bit more committed and take out some extra time to get this problem solved through dog behavior training.
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Dog Training Tips
When it comes to dog behavior training there are two main types, the first is collar or leash training and the second is reward training. With collar training, the dog is first taught a command and when the dog shows that it knows it the leash is used to correct the dog when it makes a mistake or doesn’t obey. The leash and collar can be used with different degrees of force depending on how hard you want the correction to be. The leash then becomes the main form of communicating with your dog and controlling his behavior. Through this method you can develop a leadership role in the dog’s life where he will become more secure and calm in this connection of authority and love.
As for reward training, this method involves praising and reinforcing desirable and acceptable dog behavior. Praise and reward, are vital in maintaining good dog behavior and prevent problems from occurring. The more times a dog is rewarded, the quicker he will learn. A simple word like “good” or a tasty food treat are positive reinforces that will do the job.
In the end, all animal behavior needs to be observed, understood and corrected when appropriate to ensure that it will fit into your family and make a good pet.