Are you the proud pet parent of a canine companion that is exhibiting unruly behavior? You aren’t alone!
Are you the proud pet parent of a canine companion that is exhibiting unruly behavior? You aren’t alone! From jumping on guests to barking excessively, many dog parents experience common issues with their four-legged friends. To help make sure your pup is as well behaved and happy as possible, we’re going to explore 5 of the most common canine behavioral problems and outline solutions for each one. Whether you have recently welcomed a furry family member or are in need of tips that can breather new life into an older dog's training – this post is here to help!
Jumping on people
Teaching your dog not to jump on people can be a challenging, but rewarding process! While it may initially seem impossible, with patience and consistency, you can help your dog understand that jumping is an unacceptable behavior. To start, make sure any guests who come over ignore your dog when they first arrive - no eye contact, petting or speaking to the dog. When they've had some time to calm down, use treats as rewards when they interact with people in an appropriate way. During playtime, lead by example - keep all four paws on the ground - and if your dog gets too excited and jumps up anyway, calmly step away for a few moments until it's relaxed enough for you to interact again. Teaching good dog etiquette takes time and dedication, but you'll both benefit from a stronger and more meaningful bond over time.
Chewing on objects in the home
Teaching your dog to not chew and destroy objects in the house can be a challenge. However, although it may take some time to train your dog the right behavior, it will ultimately be a rewarding accomplishment! It's important to provide outlets that are acceptable to chew on in order for your dog to control their impulses. Provide braided ropes, dog toys, bully sticks or other items that your dog can sink their teeth into without causing destruction. Additionally, praise and reward every success no matter how small as this will reinforce good behavior in the long run. Consistency is also key- dog's thrive when there is structure and routine in place so make sure you practice consistency every day.
Pull on a leash
Teaching your dog not to pull on the leash can be simple as long as you remain consistent. It’s important to remember that it takes dedication and repetition, so don’t give up after a few training sessions. Start by gradually introducing your dog to a structured walk time schedule and use positive reinforcement for good behavior, such as praises and treats. Whenever your dog begins to pull suddenly, stop walking and stand still. As soon as the dog notices your no-movement stance, like them with a treat or verbal praise and continue walking when they resume loose-leash walking. Finally, keep the walks short but frequent until the dog is consistently walking alongside you in an upright position without pulling on their leash.
Potty training your dog is a process that requires commitment and consistency. To help make the process easier for you and your dog, start by setting up designated potty areas outside to encourage the dog to go in those areas. Make sure these spots are well-lit and easy for your dog to access. Additionally, establish a routine around feeding times; take your dog to their potty spot at the same time each day and be consistent with exercise time. Whenever you catch your dog doing its business indoors, take them out to the designated potty area as soon as possible and give them positive reinforcement when they do their business there, don't scold them! Instead, clean up the mess calmly and remain consistent with your training schedule. Potty training your pup can be an enjoyable way for both of you to bond - stick with it!
If your dog is engaging in any of these behaviors, don't worry - you can train them out of it with time, patience, and a little professional help. Just remember to be consistent in your training, give rewards for good behavior, and never punish your pup - that will only make things worse. Are you struggling with bad dog behavior? What tips have helped you the most? Let us know in the comments below!