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Dog behavior, Tips for solving common behavior problems

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The amazing thing about the dog coaching is that you will be able to control your dog’s inappropriate behavior. If you have a companion dog that has not been trained, you will find that there will be times when your dog will behave badly. It is important to understand the reasons for their behavior so that they can be addressed effectively. Below are the common dog behavior problems with their corresponding solutions.

# 1 barking

Dogs communicate differently. They can bark, moan, or howl. Although it is normal for them to express themselves by barking, excessive barking is prohibited and is considered bad dog behavior. Before trying to fix this problem, you must first identify why your dog is barking. There must be a reason why your dog is behaving the way he is. Common reasons your dog barks is because he wants to warn you, is excited to play with you, seeks attention, is bored, anxious, or he tries to communicate with other dogs. To control dog barking, teach your dog to bark or quiet command.

To teach your dog the silence command, find a simple word for him, such as “enough”, “hush” or “silent”. Pick one and use it regularly to familiarize your dog with the word. Then create a situation that will stimulate your dog to bark like knocking on the door or ringing the doorbell. When your dog starts barking, check the door to recognize that you understand why your dog is barking, then go over to your dog and get his attention by waving a toy. When your dog stops barking, put the toy back on. Repeat them over and over and wait until your dog is silent for long periods of time before giving him the toy. Practice this command regularly until your dog gets it.

# 2 chew

Dogs chew naturally. In fact, dog trainers say that you shouldn’t discourage your dogs from chewing because it is part of their identity. Dogs are programmed to chew, but just like barking is normal, excessive chewing is not normal and is a problem you need to address. If you don’t correct the excessive chewing, your dog can chew anything and can destroy carpets, furniture, mattresses, slippers, shoes and many more. Dogs chew because they are teething (puppies), bored, anxious, excited, or just curious. How will you correct excessive chewing? Train your dog to chew only appropriate objects. Therefore, it is your responsibility to keep personal items away from your dog. If you find your dog chewing on any of your personal items, grab their attention with a loud noise and replace that item with a chew toy. It also helps if you allow your dog to exercise to release his accumulated energy. This will channel their energy to other things instead of chewing.

# 3 Dig

If the opportunity arises, your dog will surely dig. It’s an instinct you can’t take away from them. There are also specific dog breeds that are more prone to digging like terriers. Dogs dig for a number of reasons. This may be due to their hunting instinct, fear, anxiety, or boredom. They also like to hide objects like bones or toys and therefore they dig. It’s a problem if your dog continues to dig in your yard. To resolve this problem, first identify why your dog is digging and if you find the source, try to eliminate it. Let your dog get some exercise so he can release some of his energy.

To take with

Dogs are fun and they can eliminate your boredom, anxiety, and loneliness, but they can also become a source of frustration and anger if they don’t behave properly. To make sure your dog obeys your commands, you need to devote some time to your busy day to train him. Don’t worry because your efforts will pay off in the long run. If you don’t have the time or patience to train your dog, leave it to an expert dog trainers.

Nick white

Nick White is the owner of Off Leash K9 Training. He has over 80 dog training franchises across the United States. He currently hosts the A&E show, America’s Top Dog.


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