How to Stop Your Dogs Behavior Problems

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How to Stop Your Dogs Behavior Problems

by George Dunn



Do you have a well-behaved dog? If so, then you are a fortunate dog owner. If the answer is no, then you probably have dog behavior problems that you want to stop. Dog behavior problems include excessive whining, biting, barking, aggression, and general disobedience. If any of these sound like your dog, then there is something you can about it.

Dog behavior problems can be solved with obedience training. Obedience training is training your dog to perform certain acceptable behaviors while teaching them to stop unacceptable behaviors. Dogs are generally intelligent creatures and learn very quickly. The most important points to remember before embarking on the process of training your dog are that you must provide patience and consistency.

Professional dog trainers are always an option open to you when training your dog. Consulting one may be worth the fee involved. If you choose this route, interview the trainer and ask for a course curriculum. The trainer is going to teach you how to train your dog. Dog-training techniques vary from trainer to trainer. A reputable trainer will never teach you to use techniques that frighten or harm your dog. Be sure and ask for references.

Learning to communicate with your dog in a way it understands is probably the hardest part. Start with one-word or two-word commands. Dogs will quickly pick up on the sound of the command and associate it with the desired behavior. Most trainers recommend using treats and praise when the dog demonstrates the desired behavior.

The use of a collar and leash are usually recommended when training a dog. This simple technique will allow you to gently correct the dog. For example, if you are working on teaching your dog to unlearn the habit of jumping up on people, you can say ?down? and then gently jerk on the leash and speak the command again until he performs the correct behavior. Again, it is important to never physically punish the dog if it doesn?t ?get it? right away. Dogs are smart and will eventually ?get it? if you are patient and consistent.

As stated before, use one-word or two-word commands. Respond commands (getting the dog to perform the correct behavior) include ?sit,? ?stay,? ?go,? and ?come here.? Correction commands include ?no,? ?out,? ?off,? and ?leave it.? Again, just be consistent.

Treats or other positive reinforcers can be anything the dog likes. Most dogs have treats they particularly enjoy. If they anticipate receiving a treat, they will be more likely to perform the desired behavior. This is followed by praise. Most trainers recommend hiding the treat until the dog has performed the correct behavior. Dogs will usually not perform the command if they see the treat before hand. It is also important not to give a treat every time. You eventually want your dog to behave to commands without the treats.

Dogs are generally sensitive to the tone of their owner?s voice. They can tell when we are upset or happy with them. This will work in your favor when you are training your dog. Just make sure that the tone is consistent each time you give a command. Some trainers recommend using the name of the dog before giving the command. This teaches the dog that a command is coming.

When you have learned how to stop your dog?s behavior problems and taught it to be obedient, you will have an enjoyable member of your family.

George Dunn is a writer specializing in family issues. A dog owner, one of his favorite areas to cover is pet ownership and care. Visit his web site at:

http://www.squidoo.com/How-to-Stop-Your-Dogs-Behavior-Problems/



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