While you may think there is no hope for your dogs bad behavior, there are dog training solutions that can help. We offer Dog Obedience Training that teach dogs to sit, sit&stay, down, down&stay, walking on a loose leash and boundaries and more. We help eliminate bad dog behaviors such as jumping, digging, barking, selective listening, house training, lack of socialization, and not coming to you when you issue a command such as “come”.
Many times it just comes down to consistency.You will find the solutions are easier than you think. We also offer training for the following behavior issues:
Is your pet display bad dog behavior issues by jumping up on you, family members or your guests? This is one of the most common behavior issues and it is pretty easy to address. If you think about it, it is really not the dogs fault. Your dog was probably taught to jump up and greet you so many times we find it is just doing what it has learned to do. We often find that they are even greeted back when this jump up and they think is some sort of reward for doing the right thing.
Some dogs naturally are over excited to see their other people and jumping up is their way of just saying hello or they may just want your immediate attention. If you give it to them when they jump on you, you are telling them it is OK to behave this way. Another common mistake is to give them negative attention by pushing them off, telling them NO or to GET DOWN. The best way to respond is to ignore the behavior and the moment their feet hit the ground, just simply ask them to “sit”.After a period of time, your dog will begin to understand that jumping gets no attention and sitting gets the positive attention they so desire.
Dog barking is a natural communication but try to figure out the reasons your dog is barking and how to prevent. If you dog is barking when people come to the door, just acknowledge them for wanting to protect the household and issue a command to stop barking. You have to work on the consistent commands such as “no barking”, “quiet” or “enough” until they begin to listen to you when the command is given. One technique to stop dogs from barking is to train them to speak while offering a reward. You then follow up with the desired stop barking command while also offering a reward and attention. Soon you will be able to issue the commands without the rewards and they will follow commands going forward. Like any dog training, this takes practice.
Many times young dogs chew on items because they are teething. We also find that older dogs chew due to separation anxiety or just bored while you are away. It is important to give your dogs chew toys so they know what to chew and what not to. If they chew while you are away from the home, it is essential that the dog be crate trained. Many dog owners do not like crate training as they think it is like locking a dog up. However, the crate is a safe haven for dogs and going into the crate should be as comfortable as you ou going to lounge on the couch. Another common reason dogs chew is lack of exercise. Dogs have lots of energy and if they are exhausted when you leave the home, they are less likely to become bored and chew on your favorite shoes or that priceless antique chair that has been in the family for generations.
We find that dogs that dig are many times just bored and want to get out to play. Some larger breeds are more diggers than others but digging can also be a learned behavior. Once a dog is taught how to dig, often by other dogs, this is a behavior that must be un-taught. To address the behavior, start by assuring the dog gets lots of exercise and attention.It is probably a good idea for both the owner and the dog to take a nice long walk around the neighborhood. One technique that is sometimes use is to bury chicken wire or aluminum foil in the area they are digging in. Dogs do not like this type of material under their feet. We also find that if you just merely punish a dog for digging, they do not understand why they are being punished. You need to reward them for doing something that you do approve and over time break them of this bad behavior of digging in the yard.
Puppies are extremely lovable and it is hard to get upset when they soil the carpet the first few times. However, after more than a few times it is time to address the behavior before it becomes acceptable to the dog. You have to keep in mind they will only do as they are taught and if you do not take them out and teach them to potty outside, they have no other choice but to come to the logical conclusion that inside is standard practice.
During a puppies first 1-3 months, it may seem they just play, eat and relive themselves. Remember that dogs can’t tell time and it is up to you to take them out on a regular schedule so they know the pattern is to go outside. A common technique is to talk to them with a common command such as ‘Potty Out” as they are relieving themselves. Before long when you say that word, they know it is time to once again go outside and do their business. The best way to train your potty train you dog is to utilize crate training. It is important to purchase a crate that is large enough for them to stand, turn completely around and lay down in. You do not want too much room as they could easily go to the other side of the crate to potty and this defeats the purpose. Most dogs will not relieve themselves where they sleep. It is a good idea to crate you dogs at night and take them out first thing in the morning. Keep in mind that the crate is like their safe bedroom. It is not a punishment area. After they are taken out, they need to be allowed to run free in at least one room in the house but you must keep them supervised. As long as you take them out every couple of hours and don’t forget the “Potty Out” command, you should be in good shape. Just focus on a routine and stick with it. When the dog goes on cue, tell him "GOOD BOY or GOOD GIRL!".
Another common issue we see is the dog being confused as to why they are going out. When you take them out for potty time, follow the same protocol. Be sure this is different when you take them out to play or for that walk in the neighborhood.
We can also help with crate training, leash walking, separation anxiety and boundary training.
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