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
Gardeners face a lot of challenges nurturing their greenery from seeds and shoots to full-grown plants: soil moisture balance, aphids, too much sun, too little sun, rabbits and squirrels. What many of them don’t realize is that the family dog can also be a troublemaker when it comes to the serenity and safety of the…Read More
How To Introduce A Dog To A New Baby: What Every Parent Should Know For families who have welcomed a newborn home to a household with pets, most folks will agree: bringing a new baby into a home with a dog can be a big period of adjustment for everyone concerned. Even the most docile…Read More
Think of a dog with dots and spots, and the Dalmatian is likely the first breed to spring to mind. The characteristic black spot-splashed white coat makes them attractive and visually distinctive, and media stardom in movies like Disney’s 101 Dalmatians make them an instantly-recognizable breed. Medium in size, sleek, and muscular, the origins of…Read More
Few breeds are as loving, loyal, and perennially misunderstood as the noble Pit Bull. Though these sturdy canines were once affectionately referred to as “nanny dogs” due to their gentle nature around children, negative media coverage has unfairly cast them as a problematic breed. While it’s absolutely true these dogs are both strong and stubborn…Read More
The Boston Terrier is a visually distinct dog with large, sweet eyes, a “smooshed” face, a small to virtually-nonexistent tail, and energy that rivals that of a toddler with unfettered access to candy. Classed as a companion dog, Boston Terriers don’t have a driving need to herd or hunt, but that doesn’t slow them down…Read More
Silvery-grey and with a sleek coat that rivals that of otters, the Weimaraner has been a dog of distinction since his breed’s beginnings in Germany. Only initially appearing in the US in the 1930s and 1940s, access to the bloodline of the Weimaraner breed was kept tightly controlled by German nobles through an exclusive club…Read More
While this sweet, intelligent, lovable breed is probably one of the most misunderstood among canines, the truth is that training a Pit Bull – no matter what his age may be – is simply a matter of smart planning. Although there are different techniques for training Pit Bulls at each stage of their life, this…Read More
From lifelong dog lovers to first-time pet parents, it’s helpful to know the background of a dog’s breed, specifically when it comes to his overall health, nutritional needs and proper care regimen. However, it’s also important to understand how he or she may fit into a household from a personality perspective. For prospective fur-baby folks…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!