Top 5 Behavioral Issues with Dogs, and What to do about them

Dogs ultimately become members of the family, and just like real children, they need to be taught right from wrong, although the task is quite a challenge for many dog owners. No need to worry – we’re going to overview the top 5 behavioral problems that you may encounter with your pup and talk about some great ways to curb them through positive enforcement.

1. Jumping

This is one of the top complaints among dog owners and when you have a larger breed, the behavior can surpass a mere bother and develop into an actual problem. The last thing you want is for your dog to accidentally harm guests, or jump on a small child or elderly person. If you’re dealing with a jumper, the first and most important step is to stop responding to their negative behavior. Have a friend help practice entering the home, and when your dog jumps, have them hold their arms up to their chest and turn their back on them. When your dog returns to the ground and waits, reward him with a treat. This takes time and practice, but it’s one of the most rewarding behaviors to finally curb.

2. Barking

Does your pet suddenly awake you in the middle of the night with a fit of hysterical barking or go crazy every time the doorbell rings? Work to halt unnecessary barking by staying calm and not raising your voice, firmly correcting your pet in a firm tone and rewarding him with a treat when he silences.

3. Pulling

Daily exercise is crucial to a dog’s mental and physical well-being. A lot of owners find that their dog’s behavior issues were often an expression of excess energy! If your walks are disrupted by an over-eager dog who keeps tugging on the leash, simply stop each time he pulls ahead of you, command him to sit and praise him with a small treat after he’s remained still for several seconds. Continue the steps and work on it in the house or backyard as well as outside.

4. Chewing

This can be one of the more difficult behaviors to curb as it generally tends to happen when an owner is away, so apart from taking proactive measures to ensure your dog is secured while you’re out (a crate may be necessary in the beginning), make sure that he has plenty of chew toys and when you do catch him in the act of gnawing on something he shouldn’t, firmly correct him and immediately offer an acceptable toy instead.

5. Aggression

This is an upsetting and frustrating behavior that should be treated with the help of a veterinarian and professional dog trainer who has experience dealing with aggressive behavior. Do not put yourself in a position alone or with another dog if your pet shows hostility toward them. Although positive reinforcement is a key factor in training, aggressive behavior must first be counseled by a professional to ensure the safety of you, your pet and others.

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