Controlling Dog Behavior Problems though Training
The best method for controlling dog behavior problems is
training. Canine behavior issues such as aggression, barking and
other canine behavior problems will not just go away on their
Often, the undesirable behavior becomes unmanageable when it
is not addressed. Training your dog to behave properly is a
commitment on the owner's part, but taking the necessary steps
to do so is well worth the time and effort. Seldom is there an
immediate solution to a canine behavior problem. Dog training
requires consistent behavior and patience on the part of the
Aggressive Dog Behavior
Canine aggression is one of the toughest behavioral issues to
address. The very first step that must be taken is to train your
dog to perform basic obedience behaviors. This will teach your
dog to listen to you and give him some alternatives to barking,
growling or other anti-social displays. Use reward based
training methods for basic obedience. This will motivate your
dog to work with you, build a bond of trust between you and make
working together fun.
Using aversive training methods to train an aggressive dog is
often a formula for disaster. Becoming aggressive yourself will
only heighten your dog's state of arousal and cause the problem
to escalate. In cases of mild aggression, basic training can
alter the behavior or at least make it manageable. If there is
no improvement in your dog's aggressive behavior, you should
absolutely enlist the help of a veterinarian and a trainer.
Aggression is often a very dangerous and complex problem that
may require the help of a professional.
Dog Barking Problems
Nuisance barking is a very common dog behavior problem. Dogs
bark for a variety of reasons, from boredom to territorial
guarding. Barking caused by boredom is often remedied by taking
steps to make his environment more interesting. Offer a variety
of toys, change them out every few days so they will retain
their novelty value. Introduce interactive toys that dispense
food to keep him interested in chewing on them. Barking at
strangers and other dogs can be helped by blocking his visual
access at gates and windows. If the dog cannot see the
"intruder" it may reduce territorial barking.
Canine Behavior Problems
Dogs display behavioral problems that can be directly related
to their living environment. Barking, digging, destructive
chewing and housetraining issues can all be alleviated with
proper training and management. Getting plenty of exercise is a
key step in modifying a dog's behavior.
Provide your dog with many toys and chews to keep his mind
occupied. Otherwise, he will seek out things to do that may get
him into trouble. A safe place to be confined is a very
important management tool while you are training your dog.
Keeping him in an area where he cannot practice an undesirable
behavior will help reduce the incidence of the behavior.
Training your dog to listen and teaching him alternative
behaviors will go more smoothly when you manage his environment.
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