Everybody likes a well-trained dog; a dog that bites and barks all day can soon cause problems.
Chasing is natural for dogs. This behavior can lead to trouble. A dog’s chasing instinct can be triggered by a number of things. Cars, bicycles, joggers, and kids can all trigger your dog to chase. Being observant of these triggers along with some practice can help with chasing.
The best solution is to have a barrier between your dog and what it is trying to chase. This protects your dog and others. A fence is always a good choice. Sometimes this is not reasonable. Another tool that you can use is a shock collar. If planing on using one be sure to not tell your pet ‘NO’ when you use the collar. This way the dog can associate the shock with the behavior and not the word.
It is possible to practice controlling the behavior. In order to do this, you need to get into an environment with little to no distraction to the animal. Start with your dog on its leash. Take a toy or ball and throw it. Do not let your pet chase the object instead say your command word and make your dog sit. When your dog calms down and does not want to chase the toy make sure to reward it with a lot of praise.
Once your pet becomes comfortable to try it again without the leash. As when any time you practice behavioral obedience. It is important that you make sure to use a stern voice so that you have your pets attention. This usually will allow that is causing the misbehavior to disappear. Also, make sure that you do not chase after your pet when practicing as well. To dogs, chasing can be considered play. Chasing them will encourage the wrong behavior.
When you are in situations where you can not keep track of all distractions. Make sure to keep your dog on its leash. This will ensure safety for your pet and the others around you.
[break] When a dog barks he or she is usually trying to convey something of importance to your pet. Unfortunately, this behavior can be very annoying. Stopping this behavior will take a lot of control from you and your pet.
In order to curb your dog’s barking habit, you will need to show your pet that barking is not an acceptable way of getting attention. Often owners will train their pets to speak in order to get what they want. This exercise can lead to problems down the road. The dog will think that in order to get the attention they want. They need to vocalize themselves. Other reasons a dog will take up barking are because they are bored.
This starts when the dog is left alone for long periods of time. They will begin barking and because no one is around to curb the behavior they will continue to do so. To prevent this, make sure to exercise your dog. They need social interaction from their environment, people, and other dogs. Taking them for a walk is good practice for you as the owner as well.
While approaching other people and dogs have your pet sit. If he or she barks tell your pet in a stern voice to be quiet or hush. When your dog stops barking give them a treat and tell them how good they are. The trick here is getting the dog’s attention. This technique works at home as well.
Getting your dog’s attention can be done in a couple of ways. One method is to have a spray bottle around. A little spray will usually get noticed very easily. Another way is to take a bottle and fill it with rocks this makes a kind of shaker that you can use to get the attention of your pet.
After getting your pets attention makes sure to tell them your command word and have them be quiet for a short amount of time. Have this time get a little longer and longer each time you work with your pet.
Remember a part of pet training is also pet owner training. Being consistent with your animal while giving positive reinforcement will help with training you and your pet. Remember “Patience is a virtue.” you need to work with your pet every day.
Dog bite prevention
When bringing a dog into your house it is important to establish the groundwork for not biting early. As an owner,, you must remember that your dog interacts with its environment with its mouth. As a young puppy when the puppy nips many people think of the dog as playing and will let the active slide. This practice allows your pup to think this behavior is appropriate. This often lets your pup think that it is ok to perform the action to get your attention.
Bite prevention or inhibition is started on the first day when you bring your puppy home. When playing with your pet make sure to not use your hands and always use a play toy. This will show your pup that hands are not toys.
If your pet does put his or her mouth on you stop everything and show that you do not approve of the behavior. From this point do not continue with the play session. This will reinforce to your dog that such actions are not appropriate. When punishing your pet make sure to not use your hands. Doing so shows to your dog that hands are an enemy or threat. This can make a dog unwilling to meet and be pet by people.
Teaching your dog not to bite can be practiced like all other behaviors. Make sure to find an area with little to no distraction. Begin by having your dog sit in front of you. Now take a treat in your hand and show it to the dog. Slowly bring the treat close to the dog’s nose. If the dog tries to bite at the treat take it away and tell the animal ‘NO’. Repeat this process until the dog understands not to try and accept the treat until it is given to them.
Apart from pet training is also pet owner training. Being consistent with your animal while giving positive reinforcement will help with training you and your pet. Remember patience is a virtue. you need to work with your pet every day.
Filling the holes
[break] Dogs love to dig. They do it for a verity of reasons. Mostly this is an instinctual behavior. Dogs will dig to find shelter, hide bones or food, because they are bored, or trying to escape an enclosed area. Most of the controllable variables are inside your pet’s environment. Identifying these areas will help prevent your backyard from looking like a war zone.
If you leave your pet outside during the day. Be sure to provide adequate shelter for the animal. If it is very hot outside your dog might try to dig a hole. This is because inside the ground it is cooler. Dogs will also try and hide their toys and or bones in the ground. The shelter can also help with this as well.
Boredom and escape are two more reasons for your pet to dig. Remember that even though your pet might run around this area becomes old to your pet. They will smell what is outside the fence and possibly seeing if it is a chain link or by looking over. Another reason for an attempted escape is procreation. Spaying or neutering your animal can solve this.
A good way to prevent hole digging and escape is exercise. Checking your yard for small animals such as moles, mice, or gophers. Preventing such pests will help keep your pet from trying to chase them digging up your property.
Digging is one of the behaviors dogs perform naturally. Like all other behaviors that are unacceptable consistency is key. Remember a part of pet training is also pet owner training. Being consistent with your animal while giving positive reinforcement will help with training you and your pet. Remember “Patience is a virtue.” you need to work with your pet every day.
Four on the floor
[break] All puppies will do it at some point. You’re going to turn your back for just a minute and they will jump up and try to get up on top of tables, counters, stoves, and anywhere else they think they can get into. What is important is that as an owner you catch such behaviors and show your pet that is it unacceptable. This can be accomplished by telling them “NO” and “OFF” in a stern voice then having them “SIT”.
The other problem with jumping is in regards to jumping up on people. This can be very annoying and embarrassing. Also if you happen to have a large dog many people who are uncomfortable around dogs will panic if your dog were to jump at them. There are a couple of techniques to stop this unwanted behavior.
You will want to grab your dog’s leash and one additional helper. Go ahead and hook the dog up to its leash. Have your assistant go outside and knock then come inside. When the dog starts jumping have your friend turn around and walk away When the dog calms down to have your assistant turn around and tell the dog to sit.
Using a strong tone when giving the command word. Then giving praise upon the proper behavior.
This is a behavior that must be practiced consistently every day. As always when working on training your pet. Make sure to find a space with little to no distraction to the animal. Remember that a young dog often has a short memory span. Having an older dog around when training your pet is also helpful. A younger dog will see what the older dog is doing and imitate him or her. Having a pet that does not jump takes patience, but in the end, the reward is more than worth the effort.