"Dog Training - 8 Ways to Cut Down on Behavior Problems"," That should be about it, right? Wrong!
You have an ongoing relationship with your pet, just like you do your children or your spouse.
If you don't, all of that training you've done so far will be for naught.
Even well-trained owners have dogs with behavior problems when things change.
Dogs aren't themselves when they are ill or in pain.
Here are nine things you can do to make sure your well-behaved dog stays that way.
Don't forget that you are leader of the pack.
If you don't provide him consistent strong, yet fair, leadership, he will try to become the leader.
Here are some tips to make sure he remembers you are his leader:
- Don't let him pull on his leash.
- Don't let him get away with bad behavior.
- Don't chase or play rough games like tug-of-war with your dog.
- Always go through doorways before him.
- Don't give him anything - attention, food, play - without him doing something for you first, like sitting on command.
- Protect your dog from other animals or people who try to harm him.
With this respect comes an innate desire to please.
Train with your dog every day.
Work with your dog at least 15 minutes a day on an aspect of his behavior.
Try to teach your dog something new every month or two.
Most dogs were bred to do some kind of work, and if you don't give your dog purpose, he'll become bored and develop behavioral problems.
Make sure to give your dog treats and praise.
People tend to get complacent, and before you know it, Spot is hogging your bed and dragging you down the street by the leash.
To prevent this, make your dog perform an act of obedience to earn praise, petting or a treat.
Never strike or yell at your dog.
Some owners use physical abuse to train their dogs to fight for money.
Statistics show that thousands of dogs are killed or injured by people every year.
Dogs don't respond well to yelling.
Everyone loses their patience from time to time, but remember that your dog only responds to fair leadership.
Get your dog proper medical care.
It's important to go to the same vet every year so he or she can monitor your pet and notice any evidence of problems.
If your dog is injured or sick, he needs to get proper medical attention.
Attend obedience training.
A good trainer will teach you the basics and what a good dog/owner relationship is.
That old saying, ""You can't teach an old dog new tricks"" is not true! A dog of any age can learn good behavior.
He will learn some good behavior and to respect you, the leader of the pack.
Obedience training is great way to teach an ""only dog"" how to properly socialize with other dogs and people.
Here are some tips to help you determine what obedience class is the right one for you and your pet:
- Ask your friends, family members, vet or groomer for
- Choose a trainer that focuses primarily on group classes.
Your dog will also focus on your commands, not just those of the trainer.
- Make sure there are separate classes for puppies and adult dogs.
You may also feel more comfortable with a trainer who offers beginning, intermediate and advanced obedience classes.
While you watch, note some of these details: Notice if the class is small enough that everyone can get some individualized attention.
See if the trainer provides lesson handouts.
Does the trainer give the owners other information about health, grooming or specific breeds? You want to make sure your trainer is knowledgeable about the whole dog, not just obedience training techniques.
This can come in handy if your dog doesn't always respond to the tried-and-true methods.
- Be sure to get a list of equipment you'll need to bring with you to your first class.
Be sure to bring all the required equipment.
Don't forget to do your homework! Practice between classes is essential to reinforce your dog's behavior.
Lean all you can about your dog, his breed, and canine care.
Learn all you can from books, television and magazines.
A new toy from time to time is a new adventure for both you and your pet.
Keep your dog's home safe and stimulating.
Always have a number of fun toys available, including balls, chews and squeaky toys.
Keep your pet out of areas of your home where he might eat something toxic or injure himself.
If your dog starts to have behavior problems, don't despair! There's nothing to say that you can't start training him to change his behavior! With a little patience and perseverance, you will be able to eliminate most bad behavior.
Some problems won't be entirely eliminated, especially if you chose a dog that doesn't have the temperament for your lifestyle.
Now we'll look at some of the most common behavior problems and how to re-train your dog to behave appropriately.
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