5 Training Tips to Control Negative Behavior in Dogs
Have you ever scolded your furr-end for bad behavior, and found no change in him? Probably, there was a change in behavior but only temporarily. We all know modern training techniques no more favor traditional punishing methods to correct the unwanted behavior. Most of the times, dogs are unable to understand the reason for punishment and may become afraid of you and hide the negative behavior.
There are some practical training tips and techniques to control bad behaviors in dogs. Before you implement any of the training hacks, consult the vet for discussing the bad behavior to understand the real cause. Sometimes, the dog shows negative behavior due to a medical issue.
The commonly observed bad behaviors in dogs are jumping up, chewing, digging, and begging. Negative behaviors are usually addressed by the owners. For tackling the bad behaviors practically, it’s necessary to find the underlying reason.
The habit of destructive chewing develops in dogs when they are bored or anxious. Young pups indulge in nipping at everything because of teething.
If your pup is teething, then you may encourage him to chew on his toys rather than destroying other material. Give him lots of chew toys to nibble on, and when he does chew, appreciate him well. Say ‘no’ to the pet when he is caught red-handed during the act of chewing other objects.
On the other hand, if the chewing habit has developed due to anxiety or boredom, it is indicative of lack of activity. The hyperactive dog’s excessive energy needs to be invested positively to produce productive results. It has to be utilized by engaging the dog in long walks outside, or physical or mental exertions in indoor games.
Begging is an annoying yet common habit observed in dogs. Mostly, dog owners promote such behaviors in dogs owing to their cute and innocent features. When the visitors are at home, it’s irritating to tend to your pooch’s demands at the dinner table.
To prevent the embarrassment, you have to make rules in the home to not to feed the dog food scraps on the table. If the negative behavior is condoned for long, the problem can escalate into bad behaviors like jumping and whining. Dogs turn stubborn and do not leave your path unless they get what they want. However, they can be distracted with favorite toys, mental games, and indoor games.
Digging is an instinctive habit in hunter group of dog breeds. You can train your fido with a little observation and consistency of command. Hunters are highly trainable dogs. Moreover, dogs have a love for appreciation for each ‘good job done.’ This prior knowledge can make the training process easy.
You just have to discourage your pup when he is ‘in the act of digging.’ Your negative command will make him understand your dislike for his digging habit. After a discouraging remark, you can distract him by providing a toy. Be consistent in your commands.
There’s another way for your pooch to continue the treasure hunt without you getting upset. Just install a sandbox in your yard, and hide some toys in it for the dog to dig out. Appreciate him for digging in that spot, so he may learn the right place to dig out all day long.
Bad behaviors are unconsciously encouraged in dogs or are a result of being overlooked. Jumping up in excitement is promoted in dogs when they are loved in return for their show of ‘love.’ Jumping can be an instinctive way of dominance, too. It appears entertaining and fun at first, but can be threatening for outsiders and visitors. Jumping up of large dogs in excitement is dangerous for you.
You can train the dog to stop getting over-excited every time you return. Simply put him down and walk away to carry on your work. Reward your dog when he is calm. It will help him understand what’s acceptable and what’s not!
Pulling on Leash:
If your dog gets excited when he goes out and attempts to lead you by pulling on the leash, you may need these tools to teach loose leash walking or you have to control the dominant behavior. Make him learn to walk calmly.
For over-excited fido, keep a short yet flexible leash. Whenever the dog pulls on the leash, stop then and there. The dog will turn to see you being motionless and get the signals that his insistence will take him nowhere. If he returns to you, treat him to encourage the good behavior.
Your lack of awareness of your pet’s behavior can prove dangerous and destructive. Training is a lifetime process, where the dog cannot be ignored for a display of negative behavior. Dogs, often, indulge in negative behaviors due to psychological factors like anxiety, fear, depression or physical factors like lack of activity.
Fiona Appleton is a Labrador owner. She is the manager of https://ultimatehomelife.com/ that has been developed to help people solve the troubles of pet ownership. She is an active advocate of animal protection campaigns. She wants people to understand that dog-behavior is reflective of our behavior.