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Just like with humans, the older a dog gets, the more their overall health starts to deteriorate. While age comes with less energy and shakier joints, it also comes with deteriorating sensory and cognitive functioning. Sometimes this decline in mental and physical capabilities can cause older dogs to act out or misbehave. However, being aware…Read More
Even the sweetest cats can be aggressive from time to time, which is why it is important to understand where this behavior comes from and what you can do to ease their stress. Cats are relatively calm pets, so if you are noticing increased aggression in your furry friend, it is important to take action…Read More
Over 60% of pet households include both cats and dogs, and while it’s no secret that cats and dogs can have a difficult relationship, that doesn’t have to be the case. It seems like every cat and dog interaction is a lost cause for some households. Whether a cat is secretly plotting against a dog or a dog…Read More
No other animal on this planet has the same spunk and exuberance that a puppy does. Their curiosity for discovering new things is what fuels their wild behavior. However, with this high-energy and rambunctious attitude comes a long list of unfavorable behaviors. There comes a point where all new puppy owners question whether their dog’s…Read More
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Congratulations! If you are reading this, you are likely the owner of a new furry friend! This is an exciting time in both your life and the life of your pet. Therefore, it’s important to be equipped with some helpful tips on how to make this transition as seamless as possible. Any pet, regardless of…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!