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There never has been, and never will be, a perfectly behaved dog.  Any dog, regardless of age or breed, may develop undesirable habits.  Some of these include, but are not limited to:

  • Barking or Biting
  • Leash Pulling
  • Jumping or Chasing
  • Aggressiveness
  • Begging or Whining
  • Urine Marking
  • Chewing or Digging
  • Not Listening

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We love our dogs very much, but it can be very frustrating, even downright miserable at times, when they’re exhibiting these bad behaviors.  But here is something very crucial to keep in mind… 

Common K9 behavior problems are actually just natural instincts which are woven into the basic DNA of dogs.  This is important to remember when trying to train your dog, because patience and persistence will be necessary in order to change your furry friend’s natural reactions.  

Welcome to the struggle of owning a pet!  

Now we're not saying that owning a puppy is all negative.  On the contrary, becoming a puppy parent is one of the most positive, exciting, and rewarding adventures that a person can experience in this life.  We're just trying to paint a realistic picture by saying that there will be some difficult times along the way.

But don’t worry - when training is done properly, you can gain control over your dog by learning to communicate with them better. 

This communication, and the close bond that is ultimately formed, will be the key to living a happy life together with your pup!

In other words, you must begin to understand what your best friend is thinking, and then learn how to speak doggy language.  Dog behavior problems are often misunderstood or mishandled by owners.  Dogs are simply creatures of instinctive habits.  Therefore, it can take lots of effort for you to change something that just comes more naturally to them. Your dog really does want to understand and obey you, but it will take patience and persistence to make your goals and intentions clear to them.  

Dog Behavior Training

Tips for Dog Training


Are you lost?  Overwhelmed?  Stressed out?  Confused?  Or maybe you just don’t know where to begin? 

If you’re tired of your dog misbehaving and looking for some tips on dog training, then we have all the answers that you desperately need to hear.  So stick with us and settle in for the journey of a lifetime!  

Tip #1 -- You need to make dog behavior training a top priority!

The most important part of K9 behavior training is YOU, the owner.  You have to communicate clearly and set strict boundaries, or else you take the risk of confusing your dog and setting them up for failure.  Although a good balance of different teaching methods can prove to work very well, we have found one approach to be superior to the others.  Would you like to know what it is?  Of course you would...

In our experience,  reward based dog training is the most effective for fixing any canine behavior issue.  Scientific evidence also backs this up.  A reward based system builds a closer bond of trust and respect between you and your dog.  This only deepens the satisfaction level for both of you, which in the end, is the greatest measure of success in our opinion.  Happiness always wins the day!

Tip #2 -- The primary objective is to reward good habits and redirect or ignore bad habits.

The theory behind positive reinforcement is that dogs will want to repeat good behavior when then find out that it is followed by a reward.  Rewards can come in the form of yummy treats, fun toys, verbal praise, and tons of petting.  This subconsciously teaches your furry friend that they are representing a preferred behavior.  

So instead of trying to teach your dog "no" when they do something wrong (although this can still be very necessary at times), the goal is to reward them with a "yes" as you coach them to do the right thing.  This mindset will probably take some getting used to on your side, but your canine counterpart will form this connection rather quickly.  It's just the way that their brains are wired, and it's a fundamental concept of the pack mentality.

<>  A simple word of caution:  if you have not taken the time to train your dog with some basic obedience commands, then you would be wise to back up and start here first.  Why?  Because basic obedience training teaches your dog that good things happen when he or she does what you ask.  This positive reinforcement lays the foundation for behavior correction.  <>

But if you have already done the groundwork with your K9 companion, then you are ready to advance to the critical next step of becoming your dog’s pack leader.  By the way, if you don't become the "alpha" in your pup's pack, then they will never respect your authority.  And if they don't see you as their leader, then they will continue to misbehave and ignore your corrective commands. 

So it's highly important to focus on becoming your puppy's pack leader!  

This doggy psychology will exponentially help to transform your pet’s state of mind, which in turn will motivate them to follow your every wish and desire to make them a “good dog.”


Are you ready to learn how to deal with most common behavior problems?


If so, we have graciously provided you with lots of resources to help you get started on your journey of dog behavior training.   In order to learn some valuable techniques and discover our top tips for dog training, just take some time to explore the various topics below.  May you find loads of happiness on the road ahead!

 


 

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