How to Correct Bad Behavior in Dogs

Dogs Need to Learn Basic Commands

You've brought home this cute, adorable, puppy and all of a sudden he or she has turned into a little menace, creating turmoil in your home. Your puppy needs to be taught what he can or cannot do. Before you correct the bad behavior it will help immensely if you've trained your dog the basic commands of sit, stay, come and down.


Bruce my Newfoundland dog when he was a puppy.
Bruce my Newfoundland dog when he was a puppy. | Source

Dogs Need Rules Too

Setting up ground rules and being consistent are very important throughout the entire dog's life. All family members should use the same system for training and disciplining the dog. A dog at any age, if not trained, will do as he or she pleases.

Always stay calm when teaching or correcting a dogs behavior. Do not yell, scream, or hit the dog, as you do not want them fearing you.

Training Your Dog

Basic obedience training is highly recommended to correct any bad behavior. Every dog should either be trained to obey verbal commands, hand commands or clicker commands. This should be done when your dog is 3 to 4 months of age. In basic training they will learn sit, down, stay, heel, stand, and come.

At 10 and 12 weeks of age a puppy can be taught how to sit. Some obedience trainers offer classes for puppies as young as 10 weeks old. These are usually classes to socialize the puppy with other dogs.

If you cannot afford to take your dog to obedience training, there are books that you can purchase, videos online to teach you how to train your dog, as well as many online sites that are quite helpful.

How to Correct Common Dog Behavior Problems

  • Biting, nipping and mouthing
  • Chewing
  • Jumping up on people
  • Rough playing
  • Begging
  • Barking
  • Digging



This pup has learned the sit command
This pup has learned the sit command | Source

Personal Experience

When my female dog was a puppy, I had a problem with her biting and attacking me in the evenings. After dinner I would go and sit on the couch and she would jump at me, bite my arms, thinking she was playing with me. I tried calmly to get her to stop, but it was not working. Finally I'd had enough of this behavior and gave her a time out from everyone in the household. I put her out in the back porch of the house for two hours. This corrected the problem and she never attacked me again.



Stop Your Dog From Biting and Mouthing

It is natural for a puppy to use his mouth when playing. He did this with his litter mates playing, and it was also a way to tell them that he wanted to stop playing, and to back off.

Puppies have very sharp teeth. When playing with your puppy you'll want to discourage biting and mouthing. The way to do this is when you're playing, and he nips you, give a little cry and say "ouch." This should startle him so that he stops. Praise him once he stops, and hand him a toy that he can bite or nip. Should he have his teeth in you, which does happen, don't pull away. Let out a very loud cry so that he stops and looks at you. As soon as he releases, praise him, changing your tone of voice, so that he knows you are happy with him for letting go.

Correct Inappropriate Dog Chewing

Dogs love to chew. Puppies chew when they're teething. Before your puppy chews your favorite leather shoes, the baseboard, a table leg or numerous other items that puppies love to chew on, invest in safe chew toys and items that are his and he knows he's allowed to chew on.

Here is a situation for example: You walk into the room and see your dog chewing on one of your favorite shoes. Walk over to him and sternly say "NO" removing the shoe from him. Find one of his chew toys and give it to him letting him know that he can chew on his toy rather than your shoes. This may take you several attempts but the dog will catch on.

I find that the best way to discourage chewing is to not leave anything out that the dog can get into.

There are products that you can purchase from pet stores that you spray onto items and places your dog likes to chew that will deter them away from the smell and taste of the product.

This technique is good for larger dogs.

Stop Your Dog From Jumping Up

Dogs get excited and will jump up on you when you come home, visitors come over, or when paid attention to while you're walking them or at a park. There are several ways in which to discourage jumping and this should be done when they are puppies as these puppies are going to grow.

The best way to correct jumping up in my opinion is to use the "OFF" command. To train a dog this, I suggest having a family member or someone else you know come to your door. Have your dog collared and leashed. When there is a knock at the door, walk your dog over to the door making sure that the leash is short enough so that the dog cannot jump. When he does try to jump use the "OFF" command and then the "SIT" command. Once he is seated and no longer trying to jump, praise him and give him a treat.

Another way is, when walking into your house ignore the dog, making no eye contact until the dog settles down, and then praise him. I've never tried this method myself but have heard that it will work with some dogs.


Stop Dog From Rough Play

Playing rough with your dog can get out of control and become potentially dangerous. You should never encourage the dog to attack your hand, arm or leg, even though you may think that this is cute when the dog is a puppy, he may end up hurting a small child.

When playing with toys such as a tug of war rope, the dog should be taught to stop when told the "Drop it" command. To teach the dog this it is quite easy. While playing the game, simply say, drop it, and stop pulling. If this doesn't work the first time, repeat the "Drop it" command. If the dog still will not let go, get up and leave. Later retrieve the toy and put it away. Let the dog know that you're in control of play time, not him. Continuing to do this will teach the dog to obey the "Drop it" command.


How to Stop a Dog From Begging

Every time you go to sit down for a meal or have a snack, your dog is right there in your face or sitting beside you at the table, begging for food. More than likely he does this because you've given him part of what you're eating in the past, and he figures it is okay to beg.

  • Feed your dog at the same time that you are going to be sitting down to eat.
  • Remove him from the room that you're eating in by either crating him, putting him outside or in another room.
  • When he begs for food give him a firm command telling him no, and give the sit, down, and stay command.

Correcting a dog from begging once he's used to begging may take some time and a lot of persistence on your part. Stand your ground and never give in no matter how much he whines or looks at you with those big sad eyes.

The Safe No-Bark Collar

PetSafe Basic Bark Control Collar
PetSafe Basic Bark Control Collar

Are your neighbors complaining about excessive barking? This is the collar that I've used in the past to correct one my dogs from barking too much. It does work, and after using it for several months she no longer needed it.

 

How to Correct Excessive Dog Barking

First teach your dog the "Speak" command. Get him excited with a treat telling him to "Speak". When he barks, reward him with a treat. Once he has the speak command down pat you're going to teach him the "Quiet" command. Get him to speak, and then right before giving him the treat say "Quiet". Each time you do this, increase the amount of time before giving him the treat so that he will start associating the command "Quiet" with the treat.

Other methods are available to train your dog not to bark. The anti-barking collar can be purchased at a pet store. This is a radio collar that sends a small shock to the dog when he barks. If he continues to bark an increased shock is sent to his neck. Herbal spray collars, are also available, that sprays a citrus fog into the dogs face when he barks and interrupts him from barking.

Ways to Stop Dogs From Digging

Digging is a natural instinct in dogs. Many dig a spot when it is hot out to stay cool. There are various ways to get your dog to stop digging.

  • Exercise him daily and vigorously, so that he is too tired to dig.
  • Confine him to a kennel in the yard or a fenced off area where you can spy on him. When he starts to dig, reprimand him.
  • Chicken wire can be placed in the hole or holes, and covered with soil. When your dog starts to dig in this area, he will not like the feel of the chicken wire, and should stop digging.
  • Fill the holes with some of his feces, and cover with soil. Many dogs do not like the smell of their own feces, causing them to stop digging.
  • If he is digging to bury bones, stop allowing him to have bones outside.
  • If you have the room in your yard, you may want to designate an area to allow him to dig in.


Talk to a Professional

Should you have problems correcting bad behavior there are trained professionals that will help you with your dog. Talk to your veterinarian to rule out any health reasons that may be causing bad behavior. Your veterinarian is a good source to get advice or a recommendation for a trainer.

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Just Ask Susan 6 months ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Wednesday-Elf! They sure get excited when they see the people they love. I hope your brother and SIL can correct the Boston's jumping behavior :)


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Wednesday-Elf 7 months ago from Savannah, Georgia

Very good advice for correcting bad behavior in dogs. My brother & SIL are trying to get their Boston Terrier rescue dog from jumping on me when I come in. I'm her 'Auntie Pat' and she adores me, but gets so excited when she sees me she wants to jump up on me. :)


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Just Ask Susan 22 months ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank you How to for the share and votes.


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How to - Answers 22 months ago from Ireland

Training a dog is so much easier when firmness and kindness ids used in equal measure. They respond to love as much as treats because they want to please you.

Some really useful ways to train dogs here especially the larger ones

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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

It sure does Mary and yes the bark collars do work really well.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

It takes a lot of love and patience to raise a dog from puppyhood to adulthood and to train them to be enjoyable companions. I have a 7 yr. ols Min. Schnauzer who is trained very well, but it wasn't easy!

When a dog jumps up on people, I have found it you just gently step on a toe, he will stop that pretty quick! Those bark collars work well, too.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Smine, Glad you found this hub useful then, and thank you.


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smine27 2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

Thanks for sharing these tips. I will be using some of the things I learned on my own dog.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Audrey!


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Suzie I remember when Maggie would do that too. I put her outside as well.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Great article Susan!!


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suziecat7 2 years ago from Asheville, NC

I really needed this Hub today especially the no biting section. Sweetie thinks she's playing but it hurts. She's outside now for her time out.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Ruthi, Glad you found my hub useful and I wish you all the best with your newest foster dog. I'm sure he'll do well.


Ruth Cox 2 years ago

As I am about to bring a 2 year old foster dog into my home that is not well trained, I figured I'd better re-train my brain for dog training, ha! Great tips here, thank you.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Annie, It is so worthwhile in the end. Thanks so much for all of your comments. Always so nice to see you.


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RaintreeAnnie 2 years ago from UK

Yes puppies are so cute and adorable but it really is important to do consistent, kind and positive training with them from day one. It can take a lot of time and effort and patience to train a pup and very rewarding and worthwhile.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Maggie was a terrible biter. I thought I was going to end up with scars on my arms till I figured out how to stop her :) Good luck Cardisa!


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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica

Thanks again Susan. I read it before but this refreshes my memory on the issue. I'll have to train these puppies not to bite me....lol. I'll get them a toy today and follow your instructions.


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Peter jaramillo 2 years ago

I have a Boston Terrier 2 years old named Tobby, this dog gave me many problems. It ate my shoes, urinated in the room, the furniture stank. A teach my dog to behave with some training videos I found online. Pay 1 dollar for a trial period of 3 days. And 37 monthly payment, but worth every penny. My dog ​​is very well behaved, and does not make those deviltries and I have taught him many tricks. This is the location where I found the training: www.theonlinedogtrainers.com


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Vikki, I had that same problem with my female. What we ended up doing was removing her from everyone in the family and giving her a time out for three or four hours. After doing this a few times she finally caught on that if she bit us she'd be banished. Good luck!


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vikkijov 2 years ago from Mystic, CT

Hi - Dr.Mark told me to check out your hubs. I have a 16 week Great Pyreneese who is so bitey at times. He is good for ten minutes and then gets really hyper and starts biting us and won't stop, not even with a command. I don't know what to do as his teeth are growing and so is he! He knows sit, stay and he's pretty much housetrained. So I have him playing with toys in kitchen and then he gets excited with my son or husband when they enter the room and starts to bite them! I put him back in the crate at this point because he just has to almost be tackled down to the floor before he will stop biting. What suggestions can you give me?


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks so much Dianna!


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teaches12345 3 years ago

If only I had this information a few years back. My dog used to dig holes in the yard and we had to work with him for a long time to get him to stop. I love the photo of your puppy sitting. So cute. Great information for dog owners.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Alannah!


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alannahbale 3 years ago from Rugby, Warwickshire

Very interesting! :-)


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Pink, Thanks!


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Pinkchic18 3 years ago from Minnesota

Great information, thanks!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Teresa, Good luck with the large pup and let me know how it's going. Have a great weekend!


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

We have a rather large puppy who is still a chewer. I will be re reading your hub when we continue to work on his less adorable behaviours!!!! Thanks Susan.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Kelly, This has always worked for me: Take the dog out every hour on the hour whether he has to go or not, and walk around with him until he goes. About 20 minutes after he's had a meal take him outside and once again walk around with him until he poops. How old is the puppy?


kelleyward 4 years ago

Thanks Susan! How do you get a puppy from using the bathroom inside? I let him out every two hours and he will use the bathroom inside . Sometimes he pees outside but he waits until he is inside to poop. Thanks! Kelley


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Lipnancy, That is great and thanks for your comments.


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Lipnancy 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

My sister and I trained my nieces dog to stop jumping on people just by making her sit down at the door. She was not able to get up until they acknowledged her or pet her. She wanted the attention more than the jumping.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

vespawoolf, Thanks, I'm glad you found this helpful.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

You've covered all the most irritating dog misbehaviors here. I used to spoil our dogs, but since we've started doggie sitting on occasion I had to become stricter. It's much better for the dogs and the humans! Thank you for these helpful and interesting tips.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Bev, They're wonderful at 7 weeks old :) Good luck and let me know how you make out.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Judi, Glad you came back. Those challenging times can be fun can't they :) So true you do have to keep up with it.


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theraggededge 4 years ago from Wales

What a great resource. Our trainee seeing-eye pup, Obie, is arriving in a couple of weeks. Life is going to be turned upside down by a 7 wk old baby-monster! Luckily we have a supervisor to help us through the difficult times.


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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK

Had to come back to this one Susan - Emmy-Lou has entered one of her challenging, naughty phases and I needed a few reminders! It only lasts about 10 days, but you tend to forget that you don't just teach good behaviour once, you have to keep at it - for ever!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Peggy, It's always good when a dog will stop barking on command even if only for a few minutes. Thanks so much!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Good tips on training puppies and dogs in different areas of behavior. Our only problem with my mother's Pomeranian dog which we now have is that he is a barker which is apparently a trait of that particular breed. We haven't resorted to purchasing a bark collar yet. If we walk over to him and say STOP in a firm voice while pointing a finger at him, he usually listens to us for at least a few minutes. We just need to do it more often. The other way is to pick him up and distract him. Other than that, he is a sweetie. Up votes and sharing.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

TeachableMoments, Good luck and I hope that these suggestions work for you and your dog.


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TeachableMoments 4 years ago from California

Thanks for this useful hub. My dog is...well, he's spirited. The entire family spoils him and now he loves to bark, chew, pee and dig wherever and whenever his little heart desires. I will try your suggestions. We shall see how it goes.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Heather, Thank you and good luck with your husky.


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Heather Says 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

Great info. I have a husky with a will of her own and I will surely take the advice in this article. Voted up.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sinea, Thanks. That's great that you're getting a friend for your dog. We did the same thing and I think they'd be lost without each other.


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States

Great suggestions. My dog just started digging a lot this year. We had two dogs but when our son bought his own house, the other dog went with him. I think our dog is working out her frustrations of losing her friend.

We're solving the loneliness problem...getting a second dog! :)

Voted up and useful.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Eddy, Thanks, glad you liked it. Have a great day!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

What a brilliant hub Susan and I hand it over to my family.

Enjoy your day and here's to so many more to share on here.

Eddy


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

deepak, Thanks for reading and for your comment.


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deepak2u 4 years ago from Andhra Pradesh,INDIA

thanks for sharing, its useful to all those who have their pets in their Home !


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

daskittlez, Thanks for stopping and for commenting. Good luck with the drop it command, let me know how it goes.


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daskittlez69 4 years ago from midwest

Thanks for the advice, I am going to try the "drop it" command tonight


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

toknowinfo, I remember what it was like when I had my first Newfie and she was only 7 months old when we decided to get her a playmate. She'll be 6 years old this week. It was challenging and lots of fun when they were both pups :)


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toknowinfo 4 years ago

Well done and very helpful hub. I got a Golden Retriever puppy after I lost my 11 year old Golden in December. It had been a long time since I trained a puppy. My new dog was 4 1/2 months old so it was a little difficult to teach her quickly. After about 6 months, I felt she needed a playmate, because she had been with her puppy sister all those months before I adopted her. Now I have 2 puppies. My newest dog, is being trained by my older puppy, so the whole experience is making for interesting and funny times. It is working out well overall, but there are definitely challenges to training 2 dogs at once.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

tillsontitan, Thank you, and I'm glad you found this useful.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sharyn, It is natural for a dog to bark at strangers as he is doing his job protecting the family. One night around three in the morning both my dogs started barking and loudly. When my husband went to see what all the fuss was about, he discovered that there was a man standing on our side porch. In this case we were very happy that the dogs barked.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Another great article. Dogs are so much a part of our lives and yet, so many people have 'problem' dogs. The best way to train any dog is when he/she is a puppy. You've outlined some great training tips. Voted up and useful.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Aw, just look at that first photo, so adorable! Great article with really important tips Susan. I am having a problem with my Dad's dog Shadow, trying to get him to stop barking at every little thing. We tried spritzing him with a water bottle. That worked for about a half a day. The only thing that seems to calm him is if we put him on a leash in the house. There are certain things that he just goes nuts barking at. The biggest problems are the mailman and if kids are riding a bike in the street. I'm thinking bark collar, heard they work pretty well. Great hub SZ!

Sharyn


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

screaming, Nice to meet you, and thank you.


screaming 4 years ago

Great hub, very informative. Voted up.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Tammy, From what I've read about American Eskimos I would not have had any idea that they had behavioral problems. When I've bought dogs from breeders I always spend time with the mother and father (if he's onsite), of the puppy to get a feeling of their personalities and behaviors. Not that this is guaranteed, but does work in some instances.

Thanks for reading, it's always nice to see you.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

fpherj, You should do a hub on your findings. I think that would be of great interest to many people. Hope that your cousin is doing better with her pooch :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I wish I could have read this years ago. I think I was the only person on the planet who didn't realize that American Eskimos had such behavorial problems. I purchased one from a breeder. That dog was a handful with the biting, chewing, destruction, snapping, and constant running off. I was able to train her to do do tricks, but she would never behave. I tried to leash train her and every time she got on a leash she would yelp like someone was killing her. I had that dog for a long time and it was exhausting. If I ever get another pet I am going to do some serious breed research first. Great hub!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Susan....This is exactly what everyone's concern is! My cousin was angry with her dog and vowed to get a handle on the behavior somehow. I haven't seen her in awhile, so I don't know what she is trying, but I am making a point of getting a hold of her.

In the pet store the other day, I also saw a shelf full of various homeopathic supplements for dogs, to treat things like anxiety and hyper-activity. I'm going to do some research on the uses and effectiveness of them. Thanks!!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

htodd, Glad you liked it and thank you.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

fpherj, Many people think that the bark collars are cruel. My son did when I brought them home to use on my dogs. The vets do recommend them sometimes and only as a last resort. I'd be more concerned about the dog biting though. What happens if it bites someone that is a stranger or a child? So many dogs get put down these days for biting people. Not to mention that it hurts like heck. Hope that this helps your cousin and her dog.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Kelly, Glad to have helped, let me know when you get the puppy, I'd love to see pictures :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Jeff, That's great that the collar worked for your basset. I have a female Newf and unfortunately she has hers on every time she goes out. My male on the other hand only wore his for a short time.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

RH, So glad that the collars worked out for you. Try them for a few months and then try them without. Sometimes dogs with any luck will like Jeff says associate all collars with the bark collar.


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htodd 4 years ago from United States

Thanks a lot for this nice post ..We should need to correct the behavior of dogs ..Nice post


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

This is great!! My cousin who has no human children...but does have her 2 "boys" (dogs....she can't know I called them "dogs!)....not long ago, replaced her beloved Schnauser who passed away at age 15.....with another of the same breed.

I LOVE dogs & cats...have 2 of each myself, but this new BABY of my cousin's is a B R A T!! He's an incessant barker and just a couple of months ago, the little snot BIT me in the hand....and really ripped my flesh open.

I have tried very gingerly to tell my cousin she needs to get this under control SOMEHOW. Although she agrees with me, she refuses to use the collar because she thinks it's cruel. I know it's not. Even Vets will tell you this.

I am printing up your hub and presenting it to my cousin!!

Thanks so much, Susan....Do you feel like the Dear Abbey for dogs?? LOL


kelleyward 4 years ago

Hi Just Ask Susan, I love this hub! We are thinking about getting a puppy and to tell you the truth I don't want to because I'm afraid of all the issues, barking, chewing up the furniture etc. After reading this I feel a little less anxious. Voted up and Shared! Take care, Kelley


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Jeff Gamble 4 years ago from Denton, Texas

Great hub with great tips. We trained our basset with a bark collar when she was a puppy and it worked great. So much so that we stopped using it after a while because she associated all collars with the bark collar.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Ok Ok Ok!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I ordered those bark collars - and OMG!!! They worked like overnight!!! I have three very quiet dogs! I can't tell you how grateful I am for having read this hub and gotten those collars. My small dogs used to bark each time a person or animal crossed in front of the window - now - silence is GOLDEN!

I love you Susan!!!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

dahoglund, Yes that is the hardest for many families.


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

All very good tips Susan. The biggest problem, in my experience, is getting everyone to follow the same rules.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Alicia, Thank you so much. Bruce is a sweetheart :)


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a very useful hub with lots of great dog training ideas, Susan. Bruce was a very cute puppy - and he's handsome as an adult too, as I've seen in some of your other hubs!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Daffy, Thank you. To answer your question ... Doubt it :)


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Daffy Duck 4 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

Very useful hub. I have only 1 question. Will the anti barking collar work on women as well? :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Steph, I remember when my two were young pups, and the way we taught them how to sit was we would hold a small treat above their head while saying sit. With a dog it's a natural thing that once the head goes up to look at the treat, the bottom goes down:) Glad to hear that your new pup is doing well. Thanks for your comments. Always nice to see you.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

ktrapp, Thank you, I hope that these tips work for you. Please let me know how it goes.

b. Malin, Thanks so much!

alekhouse, My male Newfoundland, who is also in the picture above, hates to have his paws touched. It's so hard to get him to stay still to clip his nails. The method the dog training man used was perfect for us. Glad you liked the hub and thank you.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Cardisa, Some days I wish mine were not allowed in house, especially when I'm vacuuming up all the fur :) I've always loved dogs and cats. I learned a great deal while working for a breeder.

xstatic, No the dog collars are safe for them. My female dog gets upset when my husband gives me a hug and both dogs will bark or scratch at the bedroom door when it's shut. I think that is normal.

drbj, Only almost? Think of the fun you could have with a sweet little puppy. :)

Beth, Thanks for coming back to answer my question. Glad to hear he's only chewing and gnawing at those logs.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Great hub Susan! We have a new puppy, not quite 3 months old, so this hub is very helpful! Correcting bad behavior at an early age is so important. The biting and chewing are our biggest challenges right now, but we are starting to have some success with early training. And, our dog knows how to sit and come. :) Rated up! Steph


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alekhouse 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

I love your hub, Susan. I am a dog person and have gone through training with a few dogs in the past. Your tips are really good and you've hit on all the major troubling behavior. I especially liked the Amazing Dog Training Man video. Thanks for sharing.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Though I no longer have Dogs, I found your Hub Susan, so well written and Informative. Wonderful Tips and training that makes so much sense. You've done a Wonderful service for those with young Pups! Thanks for sharing.


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

These are really good tips. Consistency certainly is everything when it comes to training a pup. My little beagle is now 1 1/2 but we need to work on the "off" command. She's awfully jumpy so I will try your tips. Thanks so much.


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Beth100 4 years ago from Canada

Newfies are such lovable dogs!!! No, I am not worried about splinters. I think that with all the wood chewing experience he's had, he'd be able to spit the splintered pieces out before they stick into his mouth. One thing, he doesn't eat the wood -- he just chews and gnaws at it.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Thank you, Susan, for these excellent tips and remedies for effective dog training that make me almost want to run out and get a new puppy. Almost, that is!


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Great Hub! Maybe I should try the herbal spray collar on Woof the Papillion. He barks at the most inopportune times, such as when bedroom doors are closed and gets anxious when my wife shows any affection towards me at all, though he likes her just fine. I wonder if the bark collar hurts? At eleven, he is smart but hard to train.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

I think I hate the begging the most. Our dogs aren't really trained but they don't do most of these things. They don't bite or chew stuff. They will sneak up on you and touch their noses to your leg but not jump on you. They will beg if you are in their area with food but they are not allowed in the main house so it's not a problem. This reminds me I need to read up on how to train the cat!

This is really great Susan, you really know about dogs.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Beth, My mother in law had a Newfoundland years ago and it ate threw a door. Not sure that I've ever seen a dog chew on a log but mine do like the tree branches. Do you ever worry about him getting splinters? Good luck with your repairs and keeping your house in one piece. Thanks.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

JKenny, Kong's are one of the best chew toys out there. My dogs love those too.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thomas, My two bark at the neighbors as well :) Someone once told me that Newfs don't bark. Man were they wrong. Thanks for stopping by and tell Truman that Maggie and Bruce say Woof!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

lovedoctor, I wish you all the best with your new dog. Consistency, patience and working with the dog daily will do wonders.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Susan, Everyone in the household as well as people coming to visit need to follow the jumping plan or else the dogs will get confused and keep jumping. I'm buying some chicken wire this weekend as I have a few new holes in my yard. Newfs love to dig. Thanks so much.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

RH, Those bark collars do work. We have one neighbor that my dogs really dislike and they bark at him if he steps out his back door.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Doc, Thank you, I wish I was the Dog-whisperer :)


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Beth100 4 years ago from Canada

I had a terrible time with chewing with my mastiff -- he even ate my closet doors!! He is the only puppy that I could not break of chewing. No kongs, bones, rawhide, toys would deter him. Until one day, I discovered that he loved to chew tree branches -- not small ones, but, literally, logs! I have a huge, natural forest, so I cut logs for him and he hasn't eaten the rest of the house....yet. :D I still have a lot of work to do -- mostly repairing the house from holes in walls to missing door frames. BUT, he hasn't chewed anything he's not supposed to.

Excellent tips and I strongly suggest a new puppy owner should follow these. PUPPIES -- they're sooooo cute!! I love your photo of yours -- he's beautiful!!


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JKenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

Great hub, Susan. My dog was a terrible chewer as a youngster. But I bought her a chew toy called 'Kong' and that helped to keep her stimulated. It was also the only toy I gave to her, that she didn't destroy in a matter of minutes.


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Susan,

lol...I had to stop commenting to go stop Truman from barking at the neighbors...lol. Anywho...great material! Puppies are a special form of nightmare. I believe that is why God made them so cute...so we don't kill them. Now, with this article, we have another arrow in our quiver to deal with the little cute-as-hell monsters!

Voting Up and Sharing!

Thomas


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

This is very useful information. My family and I pretty much adopted my sister in law's dog. It's a black doberman pincher. When he was a puppy, I remember that my brother took the dog to several training classes. After my nephew was born, they dropped off the dog here for a couple of days. My intuition told me that the dog was here to stay and that's exactly what happened. As a result, the dog is out of control. He's very playful, but tends to bite anytime he thinks that we're taking away his fluffy dog house. He's adorable, but not too adorable in the morning when I'm sleeping! Anyhow, just to make the long story short, he suffers from separation anxiety. Since he's very playful, he runs really fast and jumps on my nephew whose very little. Sometimes my nephew gets scared. Anyhow, I will bookmark this article and again, thanks for sharing this hub.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Susan, a very helpful hub. I want to try the one for jumping, but I have a feeling my husband will undo it because he likes to say "Hello" to his puppies in a happy way. I understand not being able to ignore your pup when you come in, too. Also, the chicken wire is great for keeping them from digging under a fence. I want to try the Speak/Quiet training. Our mini doxies are very vocal. LOL I love the picture of your dog, and this hub looks great with its layout and dog bone divider. Great Hub!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Susan - great tips - I didn't know all that and I have jut trained my dogs by playing with them a lot and praising them when they do well. I didn't even know you could get a bark collar! I have been training the new puppy to speak...so now I know to work on "quiet"! Very cool!

I really like letting my dogs bark continuously though - it drives my neighbor crazy! Lol lol


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Susan, this is a fantastic discourse on Dog management. I love the way you've detailed and categorized the areas of behavior management so well. You must be a regular 'Dog-whisperer'! voted up and across!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Bedbugabscond, I've heard great things about Bitter Apple Spray. I hope your sister has some now :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Kimberly, Thanks. With potty training I find that if you take the puppy out every hour on the hour whether he or she has to go or not, and 15-20 minutes after a meal and after drinking water it makes potty training easier. The good news is that their bladders grow and get stronger the older they get allowing them to hold it longer. Good luck with the Potty training.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Judi, Thank you. That is great that she taught herself to pick up the ball.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

missolive, Thank you. The picture is my male Newfoundland dog Bruce when he was a puppy.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

angela, I found that with my dogs the older they got the less excited they were when people would come to the house. I used the above leaching method and it did work for me.


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Bedbugabscond 4 years ago from United States

Bitter Apple Spray for dogs is awesome. I have always used it to stop chewing and it works. I told my sister to get some for her new puppy... unfortunately, she didn't do so until after the puppy chewed through the new Wii cord and the new flat screen TV cord...


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Kimberly Turner 4 years ago from New Jersey

Love the tips! I am new at puppy training a dog myself and I really enjoyed your tips. Now only if potty training was easier... : )


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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK

Our dog is still a jumper - she is gradually stopping, but if she is excited she can't help herself. She has taught herself to pick up a ball when she is excited so that she can't mouth us!

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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Very useful information. Dogs have always been a part of my life and I absolutely adore them. Speaking of adorable, that first picture is too cute! Thanks for all the great tips - nicely laid out too!

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angela_michelle 4 years ago from United States

I have not yet figured out how to get a dog to stop jumping on people. He knows not to jump on me and my husband, but everyone else he constantly is jumping on.

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