There’s nothing cooler than having a dog as a pet, but when they’re not behaving, you’ve got your hands full. The owner can often address many habits by themselves, but professional intervention is sometimes required. If your pet exhibits too many of these behaviors, he may need a little special education by enrolling him in dog training school.
Although it may be cute when Fido sits up right next to you to beg, if he’s staring at you every time you sit down for a meal, he’s acting inappropriately. You should never feed him when you’re eating. Instead, offer him a treat once dinner is over. He might need some focused training if he won’t stop begging.
Pulling The Leash
Dogs of all sizes should be taught to heel. This keeps the person walking the dog much safer. Your back can be hurt permanently if you are continually being pulled or your shoulder is jolted.
The best way to get him to walk with you is to keep an even pace so that his head stays aligned with your legs and no further, regardless of how eager he is to reach something. There is also the risk of him slipping out of your grip and then running out into traffic.
When dogs reach a certain age, a bad behavior can easily become a permanent habit. This is especially true with potty training, which is often the most frustrating aspect of dog training.
The average puppy can hold in his pee for approximately as old as they are in months, so if you let him relieve himself in the house, he’s probably taking advantage of your permissiveness.
Chihuahuas are harder to convince, especially after they’ve decided it’s more convenient to do their business indoors on a training pad instead.
Dogs that bark a lot without a reason are misbehaving. Barking might indicate aggression, insecurity, or just plain boredom, but no matter what the cause, if you can’t get him to stop, consider some added training before you provoke your neighbors.
Chewing is natural for dogs, so be sure to provide them with chew toys. When your dog starts chewing on your shoes, slippers and furniture and he won’t stop, you may need to get him some extra training.
Separation anxiety may also be a sign of chewing excessively when you’re not nearby. When this happens, there could be a problem.
A dog’s desire to chase cars is caused by a mentality called prey drive. Even if he is the sweetest dog ever, he has an instinctive need to chase, capture, kill, and consume. Chasing cars is dangerous not just for your dog but also for unsuspecting vehicles, so you should address this behavior immediately.
Jumping Up On People
When they are happy to see you, they should not be jumping on you. The danger of your dog jumping on you, someone older or children is too great. Preventing him from jumping needs to be a priority.
Aggression Towards People Or Other Dogs
While you may not mind a little rough-housing, if your dog is displaying even the slightest signs of aggression, you will need a professional to help. If you have not set boundaries or your dog is snarling for reasons unknown, this is a sign of aggression that must be dealt with immediately.
Even if it’s alright with you or other family members, a stranger will object to such behavior. Others can be easily injured by such behavior, especially small children.
It isn’t a punishment to send your dog to dog training school. This is an investment worth making. Known as natural pleasers, dogs naturally want to please their owners, so he will be as proud of his good behavior as you are.