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
The Basset Hound is a visually distinct breed, immortalized in the 1970s and 1980s cartoons as the languid-speaking “Droopy Dog”. At a glance, it’s easy to see that this beautiful black, white, and brown dog is bred for hunting: his resemblance to a Bloodhound is unmistakable. The two are closely genetically related, with the basset…Read More
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
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!