From bounding up to greet you after work to jumping in bed to wake you up in the morning, our dogs’ happy moments often come with plenty of tail wags. Far from just communicating their overwhelming joy for your presence, however, those wags can also tell us a lot about how dogs react to their…Read More
Neutering is often the best thing you can do for your pup. If you have no plans to breed your dog, neutering can lower their chances of developing various cancers, prostate problems, and other health complications. But it can also lead to behavioral changes. It’s common for recently neutered dogs to act fearful, hostel, or…Read More
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If you’ve ever attempted to entertain your dog with their favorite toy, only to have them stare blankly at you and trot away towards something more interesting, you may have found yourself wondering: Am I boring? Is my dog bored with me? Wait—can dogs get bored? The short answer is: absolutely. It’s unlikely you are…Read More
When you have a dog, a gloomy day still has a ray of sunshine—so long as the two of you can find a way to get some movement and make the most of it. If you’ve ever wondered can dogs get bored, especially on a rainy day, there are activities you can play with them…Read More
Lately, your fuzzy feline is showing some extra-frisky behavior – and you’re not sure exactly why. You’ve given him plenty of scritches behind the ears, snuggles, treats, and lots of attention – so why is your kitty acting so hyper? Pet owners are always concerned with their pet’s behavior and may ask many questions like…Read More
Is your dog scared of thunder? While it may seem overly dramatic to some folks, it is in fact a real phobia – and according to experts, should not be taken lightly. Unfortunately, if nothing is done to remediate the behavioral problems associated with a dog’s storm phobia, it will not only continue, but most…Read More
Snuggling up with a cat is a wonderful experience – the deep, soothing purr, the sweet “kneading” movement he’ll do with his paws when he’s comfortable, and the relaxing warmth of his fur. Then, it happens: yowch! He starts grooming an available hand, arm, or an exposed pet parent’s leg with his rough-as-sandpaper tongue. It…Read More
Outside of their inquisitive meows, there’s no more iconic feline sound than the hair-raising, undulating yowl. Easy to hear – and admittedly, even easier to become tired of – it’s a sound that has a great deal of meaning for cats, as well as some very different nuances, depending on when and where they take…Read More
Pets, like humans, are dynamic beings and each and every animal has a propensity to act in certain ways. With that comes certain behavioral tendencies…and they’re not always positive. For example, some obvious dog behavior problems that can arise at any point in a dog’s life are:
- Excessive Barking
- Separation Anxiety
- Running Away
- Crying or whining
- Anxious digging
- Biting or nipping
While these are natural and common behavioral problems that affect canines, these behaviors are easily curbed with the proper training.
What is Dog Behavior Training?
Behavioral training is a facet of obedience training best done in your pet’s early years. While obedience training focuses on creating a docile, willing pet that will heed your commands and respect you as the alpha, for your pet to behave properly he must first be inclined to listen to you.
It’s often recommended that—if your pet (as a species) has a track record of being difficult to control—you enroll your pet in obedience classes or hire a private trainer.
Here are a few basic principles to know on pet behavioral issues.
- Communication can be the root of all mischief. Sometimes your pet simply doesn’t understand what you’re saying, no matter how firmly or consistently you say it. This divide means your training is not breaking through.
- Dog behavior issues can often stem directly from childhood neglect or separation anxiety.
- Obedience training in a pet’s formative years directly affects their behavioral patterns in adulthood.
- Behavioral guidance should start the first day your pet enters the homestead. While the intensity in which you enforce discipline will vary depending on age, by setting initial boundaries and sticking to them you solidify ‘right’ from ‘wrong’ in your pets early memory.
Bad behavior can spoil the experience of owning a pet. Make sure you do the proper research before making a purchase and take strides in your pets training to ensure best temperaments and personalities!