Most unacceptable dog behaviors can be changed. A lot of people struggle with changing dog behavior. Here are a few of the most common behaviors that people have a hard time reversing and the methods most commonly used to curb them.
Jumping – This is one of the most common dog ailments. Many people have actually found homes for their dogs because they couldn’t get them to stop jumping on people and children. In reality, jumping is a relatively simple fix when the proper measures are taken. Many people who attempt to get their dogs to stop jumping tend shove them down repeatedly every time they jump. If you do this, you should know that you could very likely be teaching your dog that jumping is ok. You see, by touching him when pushing him down, he is most likely interpreting that motion as petting, therefore he takes it as praise. The best way to train your dog not to jump is by making a complete about face as soon as he jumps up on you. At this point, ignore him until he calms down and then reach down to pet him. If he jumps again, repeat the previous movement.
Stealing from the Counter – We all hate when this happens. The best way to really stop your dog from stealing from the counters is to stop making things available to him. If you clean off dishes and counters after every meal, your dog will soon lose interest because there is never anything up there worth getting into. You can also keep a spray bottle with water handy and every time he pokes his nose around up there, squirt him with the water. The only thing about that method is that is must be consistent.
Pulling on the leash – Leash pulling can be a huge annoyance when it comes to dogs. It is very important that you curb this issue right away. A dog’s mind works in mysterious ways. The reason that a dog pulls so consistently is because in his mind, he has a strong drive to get further than he is. Although we know we are getting there, his brain doesn’t have ability to be patient unless he is taught. This is why we need to train him to understand. The best way to do so is to refuse to move forward until he stops tugging at you. For example, walk forward and when he begins to pass you turn around and walk in the opposite direction. As soon as he charges past your side, spin around once more. Repeat this until he stops charging ahead. By doing this, you are showing him that by charging ahead and pulling he is not going to ever get anywhere. Soon he’ll learn to walk calmly if he would like to “get further.”
Getting on the furniture – I guess you could say that this is a “controversial” habit. Some people don’t mind dogs on the furniture and some people despise it. Whether you adopted a dog who is used to being on the furniture or your pal has learned a habit you’d prefer to curb, it is actually a pretty simple fix. Just as you would a puppy with chewing, the best way to curb the bad furniture manners is simply to discourage lying on the furniture by removing the dog and then reward good behavior by laying him on his bed or blanket and giving him a treat to reward him.
There are countless issues that people are confronted with concerning their dogs. Listed here are just a few of the most common problems that people have with their pets. Most of these lead to more dogs being dropped at the shelters. Fortunately, they aren’t so hard to cure that a shelter in necessary. Just follow the few simple guidelines and you’ll curb those bad behaviors in no time.
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