Stop Your Dog’s Naughty Behaviors Today!
“I love it when my dog chews my shoes and jumps all over my guests,” said no one ever!
Learn How to Stop Your Dog's Naughty Behaviors Today!
Is it that some dogs are just naughtier than others, maybe it's their breed or gender?
Or could it possibly be that the dog has no understanding of what is expected of them and they don't know the full set of rules that humans have for them?
Guess what… It's the last one. Dogs are born without a set of guidelines to follow. It's up to the human in charge to teach them what we want them to do, what we don't want them to do and how to stop doing those naughty behaviors in the first place. You know the behaviors I'm talking about; jumping, barking, chewing, digging, accidents and the list goes on.
Dogs will offer up these naughty behaviors for a variety of reasons such as tons of pent up energy (didn't get enough exercise throughout the day), accidentally praise from a human for a less than desirable behavior (you petting them while they are jumping up to say “hi” ) and most often due to lack of guidance and too much freedom too soon or with out earning it.
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The secret to stopping your dog's less than desirable bad behaviors is to teach them what you want them to do in the first place. Leaving your dog to attempt to make their own good choices is asking for trouble. Your dog is not capable of choosing the right behaviors solely on their own without any instruction (until they are taught to do so and until they are mature enough).
I've worked with hundreds of dog owners who get so frustrated with their dog's bad behaviors and threaten to get rid of them on the spot if the dog doesn't start shaping up. The dog is confused and unsure what they should be doing to make their owners happy.
Rules, Guidelines, and Boundaries
In addition to teaching them what you want them to do instead, you have to make sure you create a clear set of rules, guidelines, and boundaries from day one. Prevention is far easier, safer, and more affordable than correction of the problem. If you can start your training early, you can get ahead of the problem behaviors.
It all starts with managing your dog's environment in the beginning and limiting access to items and areas where problems are likely to happen without supervision. Later down the road, when your dog knows what you expect them to do and not do, you can give them more freedom. First, your dog has to learn your expectations, this comes with training. Puppies or even adult dogs new to the home have not learned the desired behaviors just yet.
So you should be managing their environment and providing direct supervision and training to help your puppy acclimate to your home. This includes limiting access to items (they like to chew on) and access to something that overly excites them – like other dogs, cats, children, or even people who want to say “Hi.”
I see it all too often; a brand new dog owner brings home a new furry member of the family and is super excited to show the dog their new house. They allow the dog to have full access to all rooms or even an entire downstairs to a home. The dog is overwhelmed and excited, as well as unsure about what they should be doing in that large of a space. The dog starts to explore and finds all sorts of fun things to chew on, jump on, or pee on.
Think of your new dog as a complete stranger you plucked off the street and brought home; you don't know a darn thing about them, and just because they look like a nice person doesn't mean you'll give them the code to your safe or allow them to snuggle up next to you at night. Instead, you would provide a stranger with a safe place to sleep and restrict access to your valuables. The same should apply to dogs as well until they are well-trained.
When you bring home a puppy, it's the same as bringing home an 18-month-old toddler. You would never allow them to run around unattended, you'd restrict access to dangerous stuff like cleaning supplies, electrical cords, and stairs that they can fall down. Your new dog needs all the guidance you can provide. They need to have rules, guidance, praise, and redirection when they are being naughty so they can start to be the super well-behaved dream dog you've always wanted.
Fix it Fast by:
1) Starting your dog with a good training program (teach basic obedience, manners, impulse control)
2) Making sure your dog gets enough exercise daily
3) Manage the puppy's environment and provide direct supervision
4) Use redirection and rewards to help them learn what they should be doing instead of undesired behavior. If you leave them hanging without direction, they'll keep making the same mistakes since they don't know any better. I interrupt unwanted behavior by making an annoying “eh-eh” buzzer noise. It's loud enough and different enough that it usually gets the dogs to stop and look up, almost as if to say, “Why the heck did you do that.” In that split second, I have the chance to redirect them to the appropriate behavior.
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What naughty behaviors does your dog do that frustrate you?
About the trainer
After spending 20 years helping families with their dogs face to face as a professional dog trainer, Michele realized that so much of what she knows could be shared with families everywhere - in a way that actually works. People sometimes think their dog is just SUPER difficult because the advice they’ve gotten was incomplete, confusing or just wrong. So she set out to help. Michele loves training dogs because of the impact that it has on the families she gets to help. The peace and joy they get from being able to enjoy their dog LISTENING. Besides teaching classes, helping private clients and running seminars, Michele is also a foodie and fantasizes about being a food critic or secret shopper for restaurants. Talk to her about food and your instant best friends.