Pet parents feel a lot of things towards their beloved canine companion: warmth and love, exasperation when he digs in the garden or garbage, and concern for his health and well-being. That worry for his health manifests in carefully choosing dog food brands, adding helpful supplements to his diet, and making sure he gets plenty…Read More
Is your dog rolling in poop? While this behavior may be normal for furry companions, most owners would find it disgusting. Surprisingly, a dog rolling in poop can actually be pointing to a number of different causes. Once you are aware of the different reasons, you can then find a solution for managing this issue.…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
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When it comes to furry companions, some pet lovers subscribe to the “more the merrier” philosophy. Whether adopting from a shelter, adding to a purebred group, or simply taking in a stray, mixing cats and dogs can be both challenging and rewarding. While the two species are often portrayed in the media as being mortal…Read More
The leave it command is helpful when you want your dog to disengage with an object, a person or another dog. This training is a basic command and is a good starting point for other more advanced training commands for dogs. “Leave it” is a staple in your training arsenal and can be used as…Read More
What does it mean for your dog to heel? “Heel” is a command that keeps your dog glued to your side whether you are on the go or standing still. The primary intent of the heel command is to keep your dog’s attention completely fixed on you. “Heel” is a fantastic command because it has…Read More
Whether you are the proud owner of a purebred border collie or an obsessed dog mom of your loveable shepherd mix rescue pooch, herding dogs have a way of rounding up some serious affection. This lovable group has a long history of working, especially with humans. This is excellent news for those of you who…Read More
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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!