Bad Dog! Curbing Disruptive Behavior In Your Pooch

We’ve all been out somewhere in public when we’ve seen a child throwing a temper tantrum. It can be incredibly painful to watch, especially if the parent is doing everything they can to salvage the situation, but to no avail. Now, imagine yourself in the very same situation… but with your dog, instead! It might sound laughable, but badly behaved pooches can throw up much the same scenario for you, as well as being difficult to control within the home as well. Everyone has a very clear idea of what their relationship with their dog will be like when they bring him or her home… but more often than not, this dream-like situation doesn’t end up happening! Sure, you love your dog to the ends of the earth. But if he or she is mischievous at best and potentially dangerous at worst, you could have a disruptive doggy on your hands. This can soon start to impact on other areas of your lives, such as friends not wanting to come over and visit you, and other dog owners avoiding you in the park. All this can get pretty upsetting – but remember, it is always possible to teach an old dog new tricks! Here are some ways in which your pooch might be misbehaving, and what you can do to turn things around for both of you.

They go mad every time they see another dog

This is a common issue with many domestic animals, but especially with dogs. Dogs that were not properly socialized as puppies often become overwhelmed, overexcited or defensive when they see another animal – something that can make going to the dog park a bit of a challenge, to say the least! But even if your dog wasn’t socialized as a puppy, it’s never too late. Gradually introduce him to other dogs in a safe environment, and praise him when he stays calm around them.

 

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They don’t stop barking

There is little more annoying than a dog who constantly barks -whether you’re trapped with the sound in your home, or you’re mortified because of it in public. Dogs bark for all kinds of different reasons, but usually, it is to do with wanting attention. There are a few things you can do to deter your dog from barking so much – this article here looks into the best bark collars on the market today, which many people swear by. Also, learn to ignore your dog when he barks (unless it is something urgent). When he learns that being quiet is what gets your attention, he’ll stop being so noisy.

They destroy your possessions

Sometimes, dogs rip things up to get their owner’s attention. In other circumstances, they may destroy things like furniture and shoes due to a more serious underlying issue, such as a phobia or an aggression disorder. The first thing to do is to take your dog to the vet to check that there isn’t anything physically wrong with him or her. Then, you can focus on directing your dog’s behavior to things you WANT them to chew on, such as specially designed toys. This will help to keep their compulsions in check, and you can all live a happier life.

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