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Ways to Stop Common Dog Behaviour Issues

Every dog owner has some dog behaviour issues at times, and it is easy to feel you are not alone in your dog behaviour concerns. Don’t be concerned! Many other individuals will be experiencing similar dog obedience issues, and the good news is that these challenges can be solved with a little time and patience.

Toilet Training Issues

Dogs, by nature, prefer to relieve themselves outside of the den. Even yet, there is a problem when the dog does not realise that the entire house is their home and is not permitted outside frequently enough to urinate. So, if you don’t let your dog out frequently enough, the problem is easy to solve! However, after a dog has urinated inside, he may believe it is acceptable to do it again and again.

Make it a habit for the dog to go potty at the same times every day, and give them lots of praise. However, don’t be surprised if your dog urinates inside. When it comes to training a dog, rage and yelling are not helpful. When the dog begins to urinate in the house, make a loud sound, such as clapping your hands, and then immediately take the dog outdoors so the dog associates urinating with being outside. This requires ongoing care and a great deal of patience on your part, but it is well worth the effort.

Aggressive Behaviour

A dog may become aggressive for a variety of reasons. If you acquired a mature dog, it is probable that he was mistreated as a puppy. If you raised the puppy without proper training, the dog may be striving to assert his dominance over you. When a dog is bored or has too much activity, he may develop anxiety issues, which must be tempered by your strong, alpha leadership.

Food aggression is a relatively regular occurrence. If your dog exhibits food aggression by snapping or biting as you approach his food dish, you must retrain him to think differently by implementing a feeding programme. Begin by feeding them only 2-3 times per day. By being the source of the food, the dog will look to you as the source of the food rather than trying to protect what he perceives to be his.

Children and strangers are the targets of aggression. Positive reinforcement is employed in the training to eliminate this aggressiveness. Put your dog on a leash and move away from the source of the aggressiveness (the children). Give your dog praise and incentives before moving closer to the source of the aggressiveness. The dog will gradually come to appreciate this as a source of reward and pleasure, and he will become eager rather than irritated and hostile.

Aggression towards other dogs in the house. This could indicate that your dog’s pack lacks a positive leader and that your canines are competing for that position. If this situation develops, you must assume the main leadership role. You can often stop any negative behaviour by the dogs in your home simply by displaying obvious leadership. Also, when out and about with your dog, avoid making a scene when another dog approaches. Your dog picks up on your anxiety and reacts accordingly, especially if the dog is on a leash.

Digging

If a dog digs, it is for a very good reason. They frequently enjoy it, however it can sometimes become compulsive. Unfortunately, no matter how much they enjoy digging, the dog is certainly damaging your flower garden or backyard in the process! Digging is often the result of extra energy and boredom, and the dog may use digging to relieve that excess energy. Make sure you exercise and play with your dog, and that you don’t leave him outside for long periods of time. Use fencing and netting to protect any areas of your garden that you don’t want dug up, as well as strong-smelling deterrents. Provide the dog with his own devoted digging place, and take him there every time he starts digging. He’ll get the point eventually!

Barking

Every dog barks at some point, either to exhibit excitement or to let you know that they are bored. The problem is that some dogs will never stop barking. The goal is to minimise compulsive barking rather than to eliminate all barking.

When your dog barks, never give it what it wants. If you have to wait for the dog and listen to his barking, do it! Giving the dog what it wants (especially your attention) while it barks will just educate it to continue. Basic training may be especially effective in lowering your dog’s barking behaviour. Teach your dog how to sit, lie down, and be quiet. These simple orders cause the dog’s focus to shift away from whatever they are barking about and toward you. So, if your dog barks excessively, apply the sit command until the barking stops, then reward and praise for the appropriate, quiet behaviour. Again, patience and a strong determination to achieve are required!

Chewing

Chewing starts when your dog is young and teething, but as your dog grows older, it can become a big and unwelcome issue. When owners offer their puppy old shoes or socks to chew on, they are effectively suggesting that this is fine. If you did this when your dog was a puppy, you will need to spend some time correcting the behaviour pattern you developed.

When your dog begins chewing on a cushion or shoe, make sure you have an alternative on available, such as a rawhide chew, and quickly offer them this to gnaw on instead. Most pet stores now sell aerosol sprays that are unpleasant to a dog and help to discourage chewing on specific objects. You should also teach your dog to “leave it.” This command takes some practise to master, but it will make a significant difference in the dog chewing problem as well as other situations when your dog picks up something undesired while you are out and about!

Jumping

Dogs enjoy jumping as a means of expressing their joy. Nonetheless, it may be dangerous, especially if your dog is huge and there are little children nearby. Do not grab the dog’s paws or push them away. While this is helpful right away, it will not work in the long run because you are giving them the attention they desire. Ignoring the dog is the most efficient way to cope with jumping. Ignore them and turn away from them. For the first few minutes after entering the house or entering a room, avoid making eye contact, communicating with, or touching your dog. You can compliment them quietly and lovingly once they’ve given you their undivided attention. Do not excite them again; instead, make a small fuss and even offer a treat. This teaches the dog that he will only earn your attention if he is quiet.

Running Out Of The Front Door

As the front door opens, your dog is aware that there is no danger, only an exciting experience reminiscent of other animals, walks, and loads of fun. To avoid this, make sure that no one opens the door until they know where the dog is and that the dog is safely outside the range of escape.

Begin with the most basic commands: sit, stay, and down. These fundamental dog training commands are critical for capturing and maintaining your dog’s attention so that they do not bolt out the door. It won’t solve the problem right away, but the dog must know these commands before training can begin. As you continue, you will teach your dog that the door is your domain and that the dog may not approach it without your express permission. When your dog approaches the door, use these orders to halt its progress until it never approaches the door without you.

Pulling the Lead

For many dog owners, going for a walk is one of the most tense moments of the day, rather than one of the most pleasurable! To begin the programme, you must start at home.

Make your dog sit and remain first when you begin the walk routine in the house. You must induce a calm-submissive attitude in the dog, in which their energy is concentrated toward accepting your directions. You may eliminate the bouncing around that occurs before going out by harnessing that energy. What matters here is that you remove the leash if the dog becomes overly eager and boisterous. Do not praise this behaviour; instead, wait until he has calmed down before continue. When the dog starts yanking on the lead, go back to the beginning and make him sit. It may take some time to train a dog not to pull excitedly, but if you go back to the beginning, the dog should eventually comprehend. When you finally arrive to the sidewalk, it is critical that you use the same technique you used at home. If the dog pulls too hard or begins to run ahead of you, simply take a few steps back and instruct the dog to sit and stay until you are ready to walk forward again. Your dog will discover that they cannot continue their walk until the leash is relaxed. Bring some goodies (or a clicker if you’re using that as a training method) and reward your dog when he walks correctly at your side with a slack leash.

Whining

If your dog whines due to separation, it is critical that you teach your dog how to accept your absence. When you go out, consider having a solitary room or a crate for the dog to stay in. The dog will feel more relaxed when you are away if they have their own room to go to as a “safe haven.” Don’t make a big deal about going out or getting home. To teach your dog to relax when you leave the house, you must first practise it at home. Put the dog in a crate or a separate room. You will have to listen to him whining for a while, but you must not leave the room until the dog stops whining.

However, not all dog whining is caused by nervousness. In some circumstances, it could just be a desire for attention or a side effect of having too much energy. Sometimes it’s because they’re trying to attract extra attention. Remember that it is always better to ignore them than to react to their negative conduct, and the dog will quickly learn not to cry for attention.

Separation Anxiety

A dog is an extremely social animal, and if you leave it alone when you go out, it becomes fearful and scared that you will not return. From whining and barking to gnawing, digging, and tearing, a dog suffering from separation anxiety is extremely difficult to manage.

When you go out and return home, it is critical that you do not make too much of a fuss over your dog and ignore any exuberant behaviour. For mild anxiety, simply not paying attention to your dog for a brief period of time (leaving and entering) will greatly reduce their nervousness.

For more severe anxiety, start by leaving your dog alone for short periods of time. When you return, do not pay any attention to the dog. Simply remain quiet and wait for your dog to get calm. Then repeat the process. Extend the time of these sessions over the course of days or weeks until you may depart for an entire day.

Regardless of how they are behaving at the moment, your dog is just a dog and is not attempting to distress you. You, as the dog’s owner, must assist and guide the dog in being well-behaved and free of canine obedience issues.

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