Being a dog owner is a big responsibility. Besides having a loyal companion, there is also the matter of behavior and training. Every dog needs to undergo some sort of training in order to be able to coexist cooperatively with its human. So if you’re looking for some solutions to your dog misbehaving, here are seven.
1. Specialized Collars
There are different types of specialized collars that can help you gain better control of your pet. Dog shock collars, for example, can be effective in discouraging excessive barking and other negative behaviors. Chain slip collars are useful when training dogs, and smart collars can be used for a range of reasons. While we have a shock collar it isn’t something that she wears every single day.
Every dog needs regular exercise and activity. If you are not providing this, you are depriving your pet of one of its basic needs and we know that leads to destructive behavior. Walks and trips to the dog park need to be adequate in length. A five or ten minute walk twice a day is not likely to be sufficient for a dog who has been at home alone for 10 hours. A well-exercised dog is often a more obedient dog, even if you go several times a day, that is better than nothing.
3. Obedience School
Whether your pooch has gone through obedience training or not, it can’t hurt to give it a go. You can learn a lot of strategies that can help you maintain order and good behavior. Whether it’s biting, barking, pulling or not obeying, a skilled trainer can get you well on your way to a new relationship with your dog. Plus having a well behaved dog is a huge plus!
4. Stop Reinforcing Negative Behaviors
Consider your role in your pet’s misbehavior. How do you respond when your dog does something you don’t condone? Do you allow the misbehavior to continue after you address it? You can’t reward the negative behavior. If your dog can misbehave and still get a reward, you have to make changes to the way you behave. You are your pack leader and you set the rules, so make sure you are being a good leader.
Every breed of dog is different. Some are high energy, some are more stubborn and others are a joy and a breeze to train. It can be very helpful to educate yourself further on your particular breed. Perhaps your pup has some needs that aren’t being met. A border collie, for instance, is a working dog that needs plenty of activity and routine.
6. Consistency and Routine
If you have already gone through obedience school or training with your pooch, it is imperative that you stay consistent with it. You have to take the lessons home with you and practice, practice, practice. Set a routine and stick with it. This will solidify expectations and make you just as accountable as your dog.
7. Talk to Your Vet
Scheduling a visit to your vet is a good idea. If your pet’s behavior is linked to its health, your veterinarians can let you know and offer you some direction on how to better manage the behavior and your dog’s overall health.
Being a pet owner involves a little hard work, but it’s very rewarding. When you have an unruly dog, all hope is not lost. You do have options, and support is always there for you and your pup.