Dog Problems

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Dog Problems

Most of the problems dog trainers have to deal with are due to bad habits that were “allowed” to develop. Dogs react to what stimulates them and what they benefit from in what is typical dog behaviour. They bark, dig, chew, chase and jump on you. They do not automatically know how their humans want them to behave and are unaware that they are misbehaving.

Dogs do not stare at fridges because fridges do not give them food. Dogs do not bark at post-boxes, but dogs bark at postmen because they score a psychological victory every time they bark because he immediately leaves. That is how bad
habits are formed!

If a dog repeats a behaviour more than twice it is already a habit – barking, jumping up, escaping from the yard, running along the boundary wall barking or getting into the trash can.

What needs to be done in solving many of the problem behaviours is not only to stop them from continuing any longer but to replace them with good habits. The golden rules are, “Don’t let it happen in the first place” and “Protect your property!” Shut the door if possible and prevent him from messing or causing damage and let him forget about what is inside. Take charge and create new good habits that are hard to break by being insistent and patient. Dogs are wonderful creatures. If you change your leadership today the dogs will immediately accept it.

To say, “No” to a dog teaches him nothing because he has no idea what he should have done instead. The tone of your voice may be a clear indication that you are unhappy and the dog may get a guilty look but without teaching him what you want him to do, he is likely to repeat that behaviour.

The problems that follow are some of those that occur in many households. A number of different solutions are offered in each case. What is needed is that the handler give them some thought and persist before deciding that a particular
solution does not work. If you have told your dog to “Leave” something alone you need to be sure that he understands the meaning of the word. If you tell him to “Sit” when you open the car door, he needs to know that “Sit” means that he cannot jump in until given permission.

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