Bad dog behaviours


Bad dog behaviours are common and need your prompt attention in order to stop these bad habits as soon as possible.

You will need one ounce of love, plenty of patience, a hand of steel in a silk glove and a little time.

If you put the effort and are constant, your dog will lose his bad habits.

It is essential that you remain positive with your dog. If you feel impatient it is better to stop immediately, This will only scare your dog and he will become confused.

Yelling at your dog is the worst thing you can do. Reinforce good behaviour by praising him.

It's amazing how much you will get just by saying Good dog!

Also remember that if you don't catch your dog in the act of the crime. It's too late.

A dog needs to be corrected at the moment the bad behavior is being performed. They do not have the mind set to reason with the logic of not performing well to prevent the punishment.

To a dog, it's all about the moment.


These are the 10 most common problems in dog behaviours and a solution you can follow for each


Housebreaking accident

Your puppy forgets to ask for the door and is using inside the house as its bathroom. It is kind of a tradition in the puppy world.

But do not fear, there is hope for your pup.

Don't give up and above all be patient. With positive reinforcement for using the potty outside and vigilance combined with crate training to prevent indoor mishaps, your pup will be house-trained in no time.

For those unavoidable accidents, be sure to clean thoroughly with an odor neutralizer, or you puppy will seed out that spot again.

Digging

Digging is a common problem for dog owners. Most dogs dig out of boredom and frustration, so make sure your pup gets plenty of exercise, mental stimulation and affection.

If your pup tends to target a specific area, try burying some of its own feces in the spot, or bury chicken wire to create an unpleasant sensation.

However, some dogs were just born to dig.

Terriers, in particular, were bred to tunnel after vermin’s. These are hard to fight genetics.

The best you can do to minimize damages is supply a soft-earthed digging spot in your backyard and teach your digging dog that this is the proper place to expend that excess energy. Terrier owners recommend building a sandbox, then burying tasty treats to encourage your dog to dig there, instead of your flower garden.

Nipping

Most puppies nip, so it’s your job to teach your puppy to control that bite. Show your dog that you don’t appreciate its nipping; as soon as he nips, say “NO!” in a voice loud enough to startle it. Make your pitch lower if your exclamation seems to provoke more nipping.

Give the pup love when the nips stop.

Another method is to gently push your fingers farther into the pup’s mouth when it nips. It will not like this sensation and quickly associates nipping with an unpleasant feeling.

Barking

If you’ve ever lived next door to barking dog, you know how aggravating this behavior is. Like digging, most dogs bark out of boredom and frustration.

The best way to address the problem is provide more exercise, more mental games and more attention.

For protective dogs that bark at anything and everything, (like that squirrel crossing the garden), teach the enough command after the alert bark.

Jumping up

Some dogs are chronic jumpers.

It seems that whatever you do, you just can’t keep them down. There are many tricks to tackling this problem, but most importantly, never encourage your pup to jump. Really, that pouncing puppy won’t miraculously stop jumping at adulthood.

Keep greetings low key and squat to pup’s level when saying hi. Ask all your guests to do this, too. If pup continues to jump up, simply ignore it until the jumping stops, then lavish you’re now-calm puppy with affection.

Attention, even negative, reinforces this behavior

Dogs jump up on people mainly for two reasons: to reach something that is above their height or to engage the people they are jumping up on. Either responses that are favorable to the dog require your attention.

Often people would reprimand the dog by yelling “Off!”, push the dog down, using their knees but what it does is just giving the dog the attention that they asked for.

Average dog owners have no clue whether or not their dogs are hard dogs or soft dogs and so physical corrections will lose its effectiveness and are not recommended.

Correction methods for existing behaviour

Timing and reward are the things you need for effective dog training. The rewards for this exercise are praise praise praise (attention) and food.

When your dog is coming over to you, reach down and happily praise your dog and throwing treats between your feet. If at this point your dog starts to show any sign of jumping up, immediately take away all rewards – no food, no attention at all, and just walk away.

Your dog will learn that in order to get his reward, he has to keep 4 paws on the ground.

Prevention methods for newly acquired dogs.

If you have a puppy or a newly adopted dog, it is best to prevent this jumping up behaviour than to wait for it to happen and then fix it. The solution is as simple as making the ground a happy place for the dogs that will provide them two rewards, praises and treats.

When your dog is approaching you, immediately throw food between your feet to keep his nose on the ground while you shower him with praises. You can also make a good habit by having him to sit at all times while you reward the sitting nicely behaviour with tons of praises and treats.

Remember, practice makes perfect and habits will be established (while it’s up to you if you want to make it a bad one or good one). Have a nice day!

Running away

Some breeds are prone to roaming.

Step one to keep your puppy from running away is to have it neutered. This can do wonders to stop a roaming male. Keep your pup in a fenced yard and never ever chase your dog, it will think it’s a game.

When I call my dog he thinks I am playing a game and runs away from me. I have to chase him to try to get him back. How can I stop this behavior?

Caution: in some dog breeds it is an instinct to run off and chase things, and it is not recommended to ever let them off a lead in an unsafe area. Know your breed and know your dog. If you are not 100% confident that your dog will come to you when called, and not run off, do not let him off his lead.

Until you get him to start listening, do not let him off his lead in an area where he can get to cars. If he will not come and thinks it’s a game, then he will eventually get hit by a car.

One of the biggest No-No's is to reprimand a dog who has run off and finally come back, or you have finally caught him. Doing this is teaching your dog quite the opposite.

It's teaching him NOT to come back.

Dogs are all about the moment, and whatever they are doing at the moment you punish them is what they relate to as being the crime.

In this case, they will think it's coming back! What dog in their right mind would come back knowing it's going to get in trouble? As angry as you may feel towards your dog when you finally catch him, you cannot punish him.

It's too late.

A dog needs to be corrected at the moment the bad behavior is being performed. They do not have the mind set to reason with the logic of not running away to prevent the punishment.

To a dog, it's all about the moment.

Also keep in mind that your dog can feel your emotions. So, if you are angry, he will feel it. He won't know WHY you are angry; he may even think it is because he came back to you.

Take deep breaths and try to calm yourself. Instead, think strong and confident. Stand tall, lean forward. You will have a better chance of your dog taking you seriously and submitting to your wishes.

The number one thing you can do to help with the running away issue is to start being your dog's true pack leader.

If your dog runs away from you, there is a very good chance he does not see you has his leader. He is seeing himself as "alpha" in the relationship.

Begin setting up and consistently enforcing rules he must follow, putting limits to what he is and is not allowed to do.

Take him for daily pack walks to release mental and physical energy. Be sure to treat him like a canine, not as a human. Take time to learn how a dog communicates.

If your dog does not respect you as his pack leader, holding a higher ranking spot in the alpha order, he will only come to you when HE wishes.

Teaching to Come is Rewarding

To work with him, be sure he knows the simple commands of sit, stay and come.

Practice this in a safe area, for example, inside your home or your backyard.

Do not chase him anymore; when you do, you are rewarding his bad behavior because he loves the game. In a safe area, get some doggie treats and practice sit, stay and come.

Do this several times a day, but do not do it for long periods of time. It's better to do this more often for short bits during the day.

Show him you have a treat, call him over, tell him to SIT then STAY while you back up and then COME. Then praise him and move on to whatever you were doing and ignore him for a while and go back and do it again later.

He is learning that coming to you can be a good thing. Do not chase him. If he does not come, he does not get the treat. Make sure he sees the treat.

Remember, chasing is a reward because he enjoys it.

Next Step: Go out in your fenced in yard or a safe area.

Have some doggie treats in your pocket and sit on the ground and call him to you.

Just sit there and play with his toy (bring one and have it in your pocket) and some treats and call him to you without chasing him.

When he comes praise him, pet him, and rub his back. You can also reward with a play session after you have pet him and told him what a good dog he is.

Other times tell him he's a good dog and end the training session sooner. When he starts coming to you while you are sitting on the ground and calling him, stand up and do the same.

Call him over for a treat while outside in the yard. When he comes, reward him with praise and sometimes a treat; but not always a treat, as you will not always have treats on you when you are out and want him to come.

You can start off with treats, but start mixing praise, and play in as rewards. This will need to be done over weeks and the sessions should be short and more often.

You do not want to do this for long periods of time. For example, you can do this several times a day, but don’t do it for 2 hours straight. Dogs do better with lots of short sessions rather than one big long one. Ten 1-minute sessions are much better than one hour long session.

Keep doing this inside your home too. Have a treat in your pocket and call him over. If he comes, hand him the treat and pet him, then move on to whatever else you were doing. Don't chase him, chasing is a reward because he enjoys the game. Until he is trained to the point where you feel confident that he comes to you, do not let him off his lead in an unsafe area.

Chewing

To stop dog from chewing you must understand why dogs chew.

Chewing is part of puppies development and a natural behavior of dogs.

It’s amazing how much those little teeth can destroy! It is a headache for every dog owner.

One way of discouraging chewing is to provide lots of super fun chew toys. You have to make sure that your dog enjoys the toys.

If he does not like the plush toys, offer a rope toy or nylon bone. If that doesn’t work, get serious with a peanut butter-filed Kong, knuckle bone or pig hoof.

When you catch your pup gnawing on no-chew items, simply remove the item with a firm, calm “no” then offer one of his chew toys and say a “good dog” when it accepts it.

To stop dog from chewing anything around the house, dog owners must be aware of their habits and behavior.

Dogs unnecessary chewing is the result of boredom, loneliness, curiosity, hunger and dental problems.

For dental problems, dogs keep chewing anything to relieve gum pains. It’s a good thing to have your dog examined by a veterinarian to evaluate his dental problems and stop dog from chewing the wrong things.

For puppies with teething problem, you may give safe chew toys to encourage him to chew on his toys and stop dog from chewing anything around the house.

Boredom stimulate dogs to chew and if you know how to give your dog the right attention, destructive chewing can be avoided.

Give your dog a variety of toys he can chew and play with to stop dog from chewing things he is not suppose to chew. You can also give him obedience training to learn more techniques to stop dog chewing problems.

Curiosity is another reason why dogs chew anything he can reach. Give your dogs chewable alternatives like chew toys until you train him to stop destructive chewing.

When you are correcting your dogs not to chew anything around the house, encourage your dog to chew his toys and praise him for doing the right thing and for chewing his own toys.

Proper training for your dog is something that dog owners must learn.

While chewing is a natural behavior of dogs it can be well managed to stop dog from chewing anything around the house.

Pulling on leash

Accustom your pup to being on a leash right away.

Teach it that a loose leash is rewarded with forward movement and that pulling only gets it stuck in one spot. When your puppy pulls, stop. If it continues to pull, turn around and walk in another direction.

Be consistent with this, and your dog will quickly learn what behavior is rewarded with a pleasurable excursion. If your puppy continues to pull, try a head halter. The head halter will simply turn the dog around when it tries to pull. As an added benefit, the head halter exerts pressure on the top of the snout, which calms dogs and even decreases aggression.

In order to stop your dog from pulling on the leash during your walks, you need to halt his behavior pattern as soon as it starts. This can be done with zero yelling, yanking or jerking. It is actually a very passive process. It does however take a great deal of patience.

Dog on dog aggression

You can prevent dog aggression by socializing your puppy with dogs of all types, sizes and ages.

A pup with plenty of non-threatening, fun and safe canine experiences will usually love other dogs.

Don’t let your puppy pick up on your stress when meeting other dogs. Keep the leash slack and be jolly.

Getting on furniture

Establish furniture rules from the start and be consistent. If you don’t want your puppy on your furniture as an adult, don’t allow it on furniture as a pup: This is the key to fur-free furniture.

If your puppy sneaks up onto furniture, simply lift it off with a firm “no” and place it on the floor, then reward with affection and a treat or toy.

I know it’s hard to do because sometimes they look so adorable and comfy on your sofa or favorite chair but to give in if you want to succeed at this.

Enjoy your new puppy, he already loves you unconditionally!