Dogs can make a truly wonderful addition to the family. They make us laugh, teach us a lot about the animal psyche, and will be loving and loyal companions for as long as you have them. However, as you can imagine, some dogs are easier to get along with than others! There is a range of common behavioral issues that many new dog owners go through, and may feel completely overwhelmed by. Here are a few of the most common, and some handy tips for dealing with them…
Constant Pulling on the Lead
This is probably the most common behavioral issue that people complain about when they decide to talk to a professional dog trainer. Whether you’ve got a Chihuahua or a fully-grown Rottweiler, walking your dog can be very unpleasant if they’re constantly straining away from the lead and trying to run off in different directions. The best way around this starts with making sure you have all the right equipment, including a properly fitted collar or harness. When you’re walking, don’t let them stop at every single lamppost or tree to mark their territory, and keep your dog moving with firm, assertive tugs of the lead. Sooner or later, your pooch will get the message.
All healthy dogs bark at things every now and then, but when it becomes excessive, it can be extremely frustrating. If your dog is exhibiting this issue, you first of all need to establish why they’re barking. They might be bored, feel starved of attention, or feel that they need to defend the home and the family from the evil helicopter monster. Try to tackle different causes like this, and you may find that it’s easy to get your dog to calm down. If the issue persists, then you’re going to need to take a step further. Explain the problem to your vet and see if it’s being caused by any kind of illness. Failing this, talk to a local trainer. They might recommend that you
buy the best training collar for your dog’s breed and age, or be able to teach you some more effective techniques of asserting your dominance. Hopefully you won’t need a behaviorist, but if all else fails, these pros can remedy the issue in a flash.
Constantly Jumping Up
It’s certainly nice to be greeted by a dog who’s ecstatic to see you once you come through the door, but just like barking, when it becomes a problem, it can really take the joy out of living with man’s best friend. This is usually all to do with how people react to your dog jumping up. If you reinforce their behavior with attention, this will usually cause the constant jumping up to intensify. The next time your dog decides to jump up at you or one of the family, try to make sure that it’s ignored, or even give the dog a gentle push away. After enough time, they’ll get the message and quit jumping up at every opportunity.