Correcting Common Behavioral Problems in Dogs

//Correcting Common Behavioral Problems in Dogs

Despite being man’s best friend, dogs can sometimes develop a number of habits that become downright annoying or destructive.  With a little bit of patience and the proper technique, however, any dog Behavioral Problems can be cured.

Barking

Although barking is a natural instinct for dogs, one which helps them communicate with other canines, dog barkingwarn of immediate danger, or as a way to converse with humans, excessive barking for no reason should be stopped.  One way to do so is to teach your dog the command “speak” and the counter command “quiet.”    Although it may seem counterintuitive to teach your dog to bark, the only way for a dog to learn the counter command, “quiet” is to first understand the behavior that is being controlled.  To begin, arm yourself with high value training treats.  When your dog begins to bark, excitedly say “speak!” and give your dog a treat.  Once your dog can speak on command, next teach “quiet.”  As soon as your dog stops barking, enthusiastically say “quiet!” and also give a treat.  Your dog will want to repeat behaviors that led to the tasty rewards, and will learn these commands in no time.

 

Chewing

Dogs love to explore the world in many ways, particularly with their mouths.  However, when dogs, especially puppies, begin to explore areas of the house, such as furniture, table legs, and shoes, with their mouths, corrective action must be taken.  Although pet owners cannot train away the desire to chew, they can provide appropriate toys for chewing.  The next time you catch your dog chewing inappropriately, simply supply a harsh “no!” and then offer your dog an appropriate chew toy.  Most chew toys even help clean teeth!

Pulling

Providing exercise for your dog is mandatory in order to keep your pup happy, healthy, and mentally stimulated.  However, walking can become a chore when a dog is improperly trained and simply wants to pull you to every new tree, yard, or scent.  There are a number of ways to control a pulling dog, but one simple training method is the Halti Harness.  When the dog pulls, the leash attached to the front of the harness, on the dog’s chest, works to reposition the dog such that he is facing the owner if he pulls too hard.  This mechanism removes the reward from pulling (i.e. getting closer to the desired object the dog is pulling towards), which effectively limits the bad behavior.

Escaping

dog escaping from fence

Some dogs, such as Siberian Huskies or Shiba Inus, are natural escape artists, able to climb over, dig under, and chew through any type of wire or wooden fence.  Besides supervising your dog in the yard at all times, a tie out can help prevent your dog from escaping.  Simply attach the stake into the ground and attach the appropriate length of cable (available in 3 m, 4.5 m, and 6 m lengths.)  With this system in place, the yard is still fully accessible, but escape is impossible!

 

 

Some more Behavioral Problems in Dogs

  • Pulling on the lead
  • Not coming
  • Not listening
  • Dog aggression
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Stealing
  • Toilet Training
  • Digging
  • Destructive behaviour
  • Nipping
  • Mouthing or biting
  • Chewing
  • Jumping up
  • Generally disobedient
  • People aggression
  • Excessive barking
  • Scratching Doors
  • Overly excitable
  • Bolting across road
  • Food aggression

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