While obedience training goes a long way to giving you a well-behaved dog, it doesn’t always solve or prevent all behavior issues. By working on your dog’s behavior you can actually modify your pup’s bad behavior habits.
Let me tell you what falls into the dog behavior category. I have covered some of these behavioral issues already, and others I will be getting to soon.
I want to address each of these individually, so I won’t go into them now, but I want to lay out a few thoughts to keep in mind about your dog’s behavior. First and foremost, is the importance of consistency. You can resolve many of these problems by using the command words that your dog learns through repetition.
For example, to keep your dog from eating dog poop, use the command “Leave It.”
To stop your dog from jumping on people, use “Sit” or “Down”
To calm your dog from being hyper, you can use “Heel”
As you can see, dog obedience is such a key component to keeping your dog’s behavior in check. If they have been trying their obedience training, and are still having behavior problems, then the obedience training can be used as a building block or stepping stone.
Many dogs behavior issues come from separation anxiety. If you remember when I talked about separation anxiety, dogs sometimes act out because of fear or insecurity of being left alone.
Here is a reminder for you on how to help with your dog’s anxiety if you feel that their behavior issues are coming from this separation stress.
If your dog is having behavior issues while you are around, and you suspect that separation anxiety isn’t the culprit here, then there may be a lack of understanding who is exactly the master in the house; you or your dog.
You need to start making an effort to clearly define your role as a leader and your dog’s role as a follower. Make sure that they know what is expected of them, and reward their good behavior.
When they misbehave, correct their bad behavior immediately and do not let them get away with it. Your pup will soon learn that what they are doing is not okay with you.
Another helpful tool is identifying what is causing your dog to behave badly. If they are barking at the doorbell, you may need to actually ring the doorbell more often to have them get used to it.
Neither you or the people around you want to have a bad dog. Starting early with behavior modification will not only help your dog, and your family, but also the other people in your lives.
Once your puppy arrives home at 8 weeks old, it’s time to take control of socializing your puppy.
These are important tips to keep in mind:
Socialization is all about teaching your puppy what to except in everyday life as a member of your family. The sooner you can introduce right from wrong, and proper behaviors, the better-behaved dog you will have.
When not writing about himself in the third person, Andy spends many an hour walking his mischievous, mixed breed rescue Mr Wox, aka Soxy Woxy. A leading authority on all dog-related topics, Andy is highly respected, deeply appreciated and widely admired.