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:

  • Chewing
  • Excessive Barking
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Running Away
  • Crying or whining
  • Anxious digging
  • Aggression
  • 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!