It’s extremely disheartening to come home to see your things chewed to pieces by your dog; pillows, shoes, furniture, who knows what else. Of course it’s common for puppies to chew but when they don’t outgrow the behaviour, it gets to be a real problem. Make sure you’re providing your dog with the right kind of chew toys. You need to stop this bad behaviour right away, not only to protect your possessions from being destroyed, but to also protect your dog from eating something that could be harmful to him.
Learning To Walk on a Leash
Taking your dog on a walk provides the exercise he needs to stay healthy. But a dog that constantly pulls on the leash can make this less than an enjoyable activity. Keep the leash short and whenever the dog pulls, stop immediately. He’ll stop too and that’s when you reward him and then keep walking. Over time, he’ll get the message that pulling doesn’t work.
Some dogs get so upset when you leave they resort to very destructive behaviour. You can help him learn that you will always return. Begin by leaving him for just 5 to 10 minutes, slowly increasing your away time each trip. Leaving the TV or radio on can help keep him calm and be sure to leave a chew toy. Don’t make a big deal about leaving and returning. Crate-training can be an effective method to help with separation anxiety for younger dogs. If it remains a problem with older pets you should seek advice from your vet.
A dog that jumps on everyone can be a real nuisance. Not everyone is as fond of your pet as you are and can find this very annoying, even scary. To stop this kind of behaviour make sure you aren’t creating excitement about greeting your dog. Tell him to sit and don’t give him any attention until he does. He’ll learn to have more control and won’t get so rambunctious every time someone comes to your door.
A dog that bites can be a real problem. You need to start early with a pet to teach them how to handle themselves around people and other animals. There are many things that can make your pet anxious, especially small kids, or being bothered at feeding time. Keep a close watch on your dog for signs that they are feeling threatened. Exposing them to different situations will help them trust others.
An aggressive dog can be a threat to people they’re not comfortable around or feel threatened by. This is a behaviour problem that you should get help with from a professional, to build trust between you and your dog. Make sure you take the necessary precautions, like keeping your dog muzzled and on a leash, when taking them out in public.
When a dog barks too much it can become a problem. You won’t get them to stop by yelling at them so you need to find the proper training method to get results. They need to learn to have control and you can do that by teaching them, for instance, to sit before doing something fun like going for a walk. If their kept outdoors all day you may need to change their routine. A professional can help you with obedience training to control excessive barking.