How To Correct Common Dog Behaviour Problems

On a daily basis I am asked by dog owners who call in for information on how to solve a behavior problem, how do I keep my dog from doing this or how do I correct my dog for doing that.  When you take a few minutes to talk to these dog owners you find that we’re dealing with untrained dogs.  I think some of them are quite surprised when I tell them that the way to correct unwanted behavior is to teach the dog basic obedience.

In fact I’ve had hundreds of people tell me I don’t care if my dog sits and I don’t care if my dog stays, I just want my dog to quit jumping on me and everybody else that comes into the house.

The same thing goes for all the other bad behavior you can think of including aggression.  The dog needs to be taught what is right, what is wrong and what the household rules are, otherwise he doesn’t know how to behave because he hasn’t been taught what is right and what is wrong.

For example in basic obedience the dog that is jumping on people as they come in the door is taught to do a sit stay at the door when people enter the home.  So by doing a sit stay we’re actually doing some behavior modification by not allowing the dog to be free and jump on the people entering.  Over a period of time the bad habit of jumping on people will go away.

Another example would be for the dog that is constantly darting out the door and that is impossible to catch as it is running down the street.  With some basic obedience the dog is taught that he can’t cross over the threshold of the door until he’s given a specific command.  By using this exercise on a daily basis you are doing some behavior modification by not allowing the dog to dart out the door.

The average dog really wants to be good but just doesn’t know how, because nobody’s taken the time to teach the basic exercises to be a good dog.  If you get involved in a basic obedience class and spend just 15 minutes a day training your dog you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish in just a matter of a few short weeks.

One last comment that I’d like to make is to remember that a “trained dog is a happy dog and an exhausted dog is happier” so make sure besides training you also give your dog plenty of exercise.  I hope you enjoyed these tips.

Mark Mansfield
 

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