The first step in stopping unwanted behaviour is work out the cause of your dog’s reaction. For example different medical conditions could lead to unwanted behaviour, such as a dog with an ear infection being more sensitive to noises and barking in disproval. Stress, anxiety or unfamiliar events or things could also cause bad behaviour. Once the root of the poor behaviour is discovered, it is possible to control your dog’s response with different techniques for example:
If you know the trigger for your dog’s bad behaviour, it maybe necessary to seek professional advice from a trainer with ‘time served experience’ Knowledge can be learned whereas skills require practical exposure and can also be in-born.
Know Your Dog
In some cases, bad behaviour may be because you aren’t aware of your dog’s likes wants and needs.
Some bad behaviours, such as digging or chasing, can be simply the consequences of unspent energy. A tired dog is a happy dog, it’s more likely to pay attention to you and follow your commands.
Ignore the Behaviour
Many types of bad behaviour are intended to get attention, such as jumping up, barking or begging.
Some behaviour that may seem bad is actually instinctive for your dog, such as chewing, it may be in fact impossible to completely stop the behaviour. Instead, redirect your dog to more appropriate choices, such as providing safe chew or toy.
No matter what your dog’s bad behaviour is it is important to stay calm. Your frustration even if it is subtle can be clearly understood by your dog, shouting being angry or upset will cause problems. Firstly be mindful and use a calm voice and slow gestures this will calm calm your dog.
When your dog is doing something bad, it can be helpful to have an interrupt command your dog recognises to obey. Being assertive and direct about what you need or want in a way that’s respectful potentially building your self-confidence and improve the harmony with your dog.
With some behaviours, socialising may be all that’s needed to correct the behaviour. The more attuned and acclimatised your dog is to different sounds, scents and situations, the less likely the dog is to overreact at a new sensation.
Regularly reinforcing training with your dog will help them stay bonded to you and recognise you as an authority figure, which can help minimise bad behaviour, when you give instructions or use other techniques to discourage different actions. The key is to always be consistent, and all family members and carers should use the same techniques to prevent or stop unwanted behaviour.
It’s important to note that while you may want your dog to be well behaved at all times, there maybe occasions when this may not happen. The key is to keep working with your dog throughout its life in order to and minimising problems so occasional bad manners or bad behaviour won’t be as disruptive.
Work With a Trainer
In most cases, it is necessary to work with an experienced dog trainer to correctly evaluate, plan to establish control and change your dog’s bad behaviour. An experienced trainer can offer you several options for controlling unwanted behaviours, and can help you find what will work best for your dog.
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