You and your dog will both benefit from training. When you are consistent with your dog, he knows what to expect. Once he is trained, you will have less worry when you leave him home alone, have visitors or take him out in public. The time that you spend training your dog will pay off tenfold.
If you are considering working with an animal behavior specialist, make sure you interview them and check out their reputation. Also it is important to find out is their chosen methods for animal training. You may not be comfortable with some techniques and you can request that they not be used with your dog.
For extra help in training your dog, consider obedience classes. Class instructors can assist you with many problems that you may have with your dog, such as not obeying commands and the control of barking.
Make sure you have your dog 'fixed' when he or she is about six months old. Make this coincide what the starting of an obedience class. A dog that has been spayed or neutered will do better in obedience school than one who has not been. Your dog will be a better companion after training and this will lead to a better life overall for the animal.
If your dog suffers from separation anxiety whenever you leave the house for work, training can help. Separation anxiety can cause your dog to misbehave while you are away, like non-stop barking and destructive chewing. You can remedy this behavior by teaching your dog what activities are acceptable when you're away from the house. A great way to ease your dog's anxiety is through love and compassion.
Consider holding a toy to your dogs mouth when you are training him. Every time he mouths the toy, use a clicker and give him a treat. When he repeats this a couple of times, watch for when he actually puts it into his mouth. After using the clicker, reward him with a treat. The next step is encouraging the dog to carry the toy with his mouth.
Anxiety is what can cause a dog to chew things up. Confining him to a safe space like a dog crate and giving him a safe chew toy will allow him to stay busy working on a project while he awaits your return.
In the majority of instances, dog bites are caused by a biting phobia. This is common behavior for a dog that feels as if he is trapped, threatened, or scared. Do not get physical with your dog. Using force may result in your dog biting you. A puppy is expecting you to be the leader of his pack and is anxious to please you.
Utilizing the fore-mentioned tips can enable you to curb common training problems and misconceptions. You will be more efficient if you establish a plan ahead of time.
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