While almost all dog breeds can be trained as service animals, some have built in traits that are better suited for service work. Temperament, physique, learnability, and innate skills are all factors that you have to consider. Humans use service dogs for a variety of reasons and not all breeds have the durability, stamina, strength,…Read More
Are you thinking about adopting a deaf dog and worried about the training process? Dogs that are deaf are teachable and can learn just like dogs with perfect hearing. When you reward good behaviors, dogs learn to do those behaviors more often. When your pup learns that poor behaviors don’t get him the desired response,…Read More
Barking can be helpful in many situations, like if your pup is barking because he is trying to alert you that something is wrong. But, you don’t want your dog to bark at strangers or over every single disturbance, sound, or movement that he encounters. Why Do Dogs Bark? Dogs bark for a variety of…Read More
It is very common for dogs to try and escape to run around and explore. Dogs like to experience new sights and sounds and experience their surroundings. Your pup was built to run around and explore, but it is scary for a dog owner when they are not able find their furry friend. Here are…Read More
Why do dogs jump? This natural behavior, in most cases, has been unintentionally rewarded by the owner since the dog was brought into the household. What once was a cute little puppy excitedly jumping up to get your attention grew into a bigger dog knocking you over as you walk through your front door. The…Read More
Sit. Shake. Down. Stay. Part of the fun of having a dog is teaching him tricks and guiding his behavior, allowing a richer, safer life for you and your pup. However, not all dogs are the same. While the range of personalities and abilities is part of what make dogs so great, it also means…Read More
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Training your dog to go to the bathroom outside is the first, and most important part of his training. No one wants to live in a world where urinating and defecating on the rug of your home are accepted practices. That’s why potty training is the first thing on the mind of every dog owner.…Read More
The “sit” command is one of the first, and easiest skills to teach your dog. Not only is this the foundation for many more complicated tricks, but this command will also allow you to have more control over your dog. With this command, the sooner you teach your dog, the better. Once you have taught…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!