Taking Command of a Dog with Bad Habits

December 30, 2011 · Posted in Family 

Dogs have the capacity to be your partner in life, but often can be somewhat unmanageable. If you have never been faced with a disobedient dog before; when you begin the training process you may be a bit lost. The range of emotion could go from a bit disappointing to harshly maddening. As you read on you will discover how to alleviate some of the usual disobedience troubles that dogs tend to have.

Dogs the jump on other people with their paws can be an irritating problem you need to fix. Dog sometimes do this when they are afraid, causing conflicts between the owner and the other person. Puppies typically do this to express affection for their mother, so this is quite natural for dogs. This cute behavior can often develop into something that is not permissible, especially once they get older and they are too big to do this to people.

If you push the dog away, this is the wrong thing to do as the puppy will think you are interacting. The best thing to do is to turn sideways so the dog cannot put its paws on your chest in any way. Just say “sit” and when the dog does, praise it for doing so. As long as you start early, your dog can be trained to not jump at all.

When you are leading your dog with a leash, does he try to drag you along? When you take your dog for a walk, does he constantly pull on the leash? This is a common issue, and it may not seem serious. However, it should not be ignored, as it could lead to some dangerous situations. A dog who constantly pulls might break free and run into traffic, fight with another dog or cause some other type of disturbance. Leash pulling is quite natural to dogs, who have long been used by humans to pull loads. Yet with patience you can train your dog to stop doing this. The most important principle to remember is that you shouldn’t let your dog lead you when you walk him. When he pulls, stop. Don’t resume walking until the pulling behavior stops.

One of the most common dog behavior problems is separation anxiety. Dogs that are left alone all day may display different kinds of behavior that show how unhappy they are. Continual barking, going potty inside or chewing on things, are common signs that your dog has separation anxiety. A further indicator is that your dog acts sad, either when you are about to leave or even when you arrive home. This is a hard thing to fix and it might take a lot of training and behavior modification. Be sure that you leave some toys out for them to play with or chew on, plus keeping the radio on may be helpful. One option, which isn’t always convenient, is to get a second animal who can be a friend to your dog. Dogs may display all sorts of ill favored issues and we have just mentioned some of the most pronounced. In most cases, if your dog exhibits bad tendencies; there is an avenue you can follow for excellent results. Dogs normally wish to please and if they are not meeting our standards; it is probably because we are not getting our message through to them. It basically does not matter whether or not you train your dog yourself or you get help from the experts; most issues can be treated by simply common sense and persistence.

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