Dog behavior, How do you fix unwanted behavior in dogs?   

Do you know why dog trainers are in demand? It’s because most if not all dog owners do not have a single clue when it comes to training and disciplining their dogs. Sure, having a dog around is fun and it takes the loneliness away but when your dog starts exhibiting bad and unacceptable behavior, you’ll find yourself wondering why you got one in the first place. Most of the time, pet owners feel frustrated because they can’t control their dogs. If you’re on the brink of giving up, don’t. Hiring a professional dog trainer will solve all your problems. Meanwhile, if you haven’t found one just yet, we recommend you learn and understand the causes of these behaviors and how to control them.

Barking – it’s normal for dogs to bark because that’s how they communicate. Dogs whine, howl and bark all the time. However, you have to know the difference between normal barking and excessive barking. When your dog starts barking excessively, you need to intervene. Before you can correct this behavior, you must first understand the reason why your dog is barking. Some of the reasons include excitement, warning, seeking attention, responding to other dogs, boredom, and anxiety. If you’re dealing with a barking problem we encourage you to teach your dog about barking and quiet commands. When you’re consistent in your training, your dog will be able to control its barking.

Chewing – another unwanted dog behavior that you need to correct is chewing. Again, just like barking, chewing is natural for dogs because it’s hardwired into their systems. However, when you find your dog excessively chewing on things you need to stop it otherwise it’s going to cause damage and destruction. The reasons behind excessive chewing could be curiosity, anxiety, excess energy, boredom, and teething.

We suggest you encourage your dog to chew on toys that are considered appropriate, this means you may need to buy your dog a chew toy. Make sure you keep all of your prized possessions away from your dog especially when you’re not at home. If you’re away, keep your dog confined.

If you catch your dog in the act, react quickly with a loud noise. Once you get your dog’s attention, take the item and replace it with a chew toy. We also recommend you let your dog get a lot of exercise during the day so it can release its pent-up energy. This distraction will keep your dog from chewing.

Digging – dogs love to dig, it’s in their system. Some dogs are more inclined to dig like terriers. If your dog is a terrier you need to spend more time training your dog. Dogs dig because they want to hide possessions like toys or bones, they are anxious or fearful, bored, seeking comfort or training to escape.

It can be frustrating when you catch your dog digging up your front lawn. What you need to do is to find out why your dog is digging and then once you identify the source, find ways to eliminate it. We recommend you spend time with your dog and let your dog exercise. Get a sandbox and let your dog dig there. This will give your dog space to freely dig.

Takeaway

Dog training is necessary if your dog is getting out of hand. If you can’t do it yourself, you can seek help from professional dog trainers. How long the training will last will depend on your dog’s ability to learn. Nevertheless, the aim of dog training is to eliminate bad dog behavior. It’s going to take time but the outcome will be worth it.

Nick White is the owner of Off Leash K9 Training. He has over 80 dog training franchise locations throughout the United States. He currently hosts the A&E show, America's Top Dog.