Dog Behavioral Training

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Dog Behavioral Training – Train Your Dog To Behave Correctly

Poor dog behavioral training results in bad behavior. Dog Behavioral Coaching simply means solving your dog’s bad behavior problems. This is caused by many negative triggers such as separation anxiety, unclear communication with your pet and inconsistent training. Make sure your dog understands what is acceptable or unacceptable every time a problem arises. Dog behavioral training will reduce stress and maintain a long, happy relationship.

Some common dog behavior problems include:

Behavioral problem # 1 – Excessive Barking

While dogs are naturally inclined to bark, excessive barking is a nuisance and must be firmly addressed. Identifying barking triggers is the first step to eliminating this issue. Most triggers go unnoticed by the dog owner since dogs have a much more intense sense of sight, smell and hearing than humans.

But why exactly do dogs bark? Here are some common reasons:

  • Express their needs and demand attention
  • Alert others of an imminent danger
  • Excessive excitement while playing
  • Isolation or entrapment
  • Boredom and lack of physical stimulation

One of the best ways to reduce barking is to establish oneself as the leader in the relationship through obedience training. Teach your dog the “Quiet” command by firmly repeating the word “Quiet” when barking occurs, then offering him/her praise and/or a treat when he/she quiets down for a few seconds. This method needs to be applied consistently until the excessive barking habit is broken.

Behavioral problem # 2 – Aggressive Behavior with Other Dogs

Dog to dog aggression is a serious problem that can leave your dog feeling like a social outcast. If left untreated, it will escalate and pose danger to other dogs or any humans involved.

There are 2 types of dog aggression:

1- At home aggression – with siblings or other dogs
2-Outdoor aggression – usually referred to as “leash aggression” during walks

Canine aggression is generally classified as one or a combination of fear, competitive, sexual, predatory, dominance, territorial or protective aggression

What Are The Main Reasons For Canine Aggression?

  • Poor puppy socialization in your dog’s early years.
  • Fighting over human attention, toys or food. Sometimes it is better to leave dogs of the same household to work out their differences themselves. Human interference often escalates their bad behavior.
  • Genetics
  • Unbalanced dominance hierarchy between dogs of different ages, where the older dog feels threatened by the younger one.

To reduce dog aggression, do not tighten up your pet’s leash during walks, offer your dog plenty of exercise to allow a natural release of excess energy, and treat your dog when he behaves politely with others.

Behavioral problem #3 – Chewing on Dangerous or Unacceptable Items

While chewing is an integral aspect of maintaining your dog’s health and well being, chewing on electric wires, hazardous substances, socks, clothing, and furniture legs is unacceptable and poses a dangerous threat to your dog.

What Causes Dogs to Chew?

  • Boredom and lack of physical exercise.
  • Separation anxiety when a dog is left alone for long hours at home.
  • Teething
  • Fear or a phobia.
  • Seeking attention.
  • Excitement and anticipation, such as anticipating the owner to arrive home.

To manage your dog’s chewing habits, provide him/her with plenty of exercise, offer chewy toys filled with treats, confine your dog to a safe area within your home while away, and be firm if your dog is caught chewing on unacceptable items.