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Dog Behavior Training For Troublesome Dogs

Updated on September 5, 2012

A dog is considered to be man's best friend but sometimes can also become a source of problems.

Everyone loves a well-trained and well-behaved dog but there are times when dogs pick up habits that may cause embarrassment to their owners or become a nuisance for them.

But such habits can be overcome with appropriate dog behavior training.

Understanding Dog's Behavior

First of all it is important to understand the behavior of dogs and the best behavior dog training is one that incorporates this knowledge.

What we regard as troublesome behavior can actually be an indication of an underlying problem that the owner may have failed to address.

Some of the common dog behavioral problems that are encountered by dog owners is:

  • incessant barking,
  • howling,
  • destruction of property,
  • defecation within your home and,
  • even injury to itself in your absence.

This may be considered to be bad behavior by us but may actually be the dog's anxiety on being left alone.

Punishment is not going to solve the problem, in fact it may worsen it.

What you need is the help of a dog behavior specialist who will be able to guide you on the best dog behavior modification techniques.

Aggressive Behavior Of Dogs

Another problem that owners sometimes face is aggression which may involve snarling as well as biting.

Again it is better to understand the reason behind it.

If your dog feels threatened or is in pain, then aggressive behavior is perfectly normal.

However that may not be the only reason and you may need to put your dog through an aggressive dog behavior training, especially if he attacks visitors or family members.

Aggression between dogs is also a serious problem and can not be ignored.

Enroll Your Dog in Dog Behavioral Classes

Normally owners think of putting their dog in dog behavior classes and the ideal time to start is when your pup is 6 months old and has had all the necessary shots.

It is hard to break wrong habits at a later stage. It is a basic rule of dog behavior training that owners need to be clear and consistent with their dogs.

It is advisable that you continue with the same instructions that the dog has learnt in dog behavior classes.

Nevertheless if your dog is showing aggressive behavior against other dogs, then the dog behavior specialist may need to deal with your dog separately and will most probably visit your home.

Common Dog Behavioral Problems

These were problems that could prove dangerous for you and your dog.

Other than this there are several problems like:

  • chewing,
  • continuous barking,
  • digging,
  • eliminating inside the house,
  • chasing,
  • jumping upon people,
  • simply greet you and so on.

Though these may not pose a risk to anyone they can be very unpleasant.

Sometimes dogs run off on the road and this can be very dangerous both for them and for other people on the road.

If you wish to get rid of such bad behavior dog training by a dog behavior specialist can go a long way in controlling it.

However the most important thing to remember in dog behavior training is that your dog is not going to learn overnight, you need a lot of patience to train a dog and turn him into a lovable pet.


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    • CZCZCZ profile image

      CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

      This is a great hub and there are a lot of dog owners that would benefit from taking note to the points outlined. I love the pic of the little dog in the middle of the torn up cushion.

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      mreynolds4 5 years ago

      that's awesome!

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      lisa42 5 years ago from Sacramento

      My dog used to bark at everyone who came to the door, but with a little training she had learned not to do it with people she knows. She still barks when it's someone she doesn't know, and I don't mind at all. I always know before I open the door if I know the person standing outside.

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      mreynolds4 5 years ago

      thanks for your comments.

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      mreynolds4 5 years ago

      I totally agree. thanks for the great comments.

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      Debbie Roberts 5 years ago from Greece

      Dogs are pack animals and as you have pointed out in your hub, bad behaviour in a dog is often the result of us humans misunderstanding our pets and trying to tackle the problem in the wrong way.

      Your hub contains some good advice for dog owners who are faced with a dog with bad behaviour.

      By the way, I love the photograph of the naughty dog surrounded by what was once a pillow!!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Excellent hub and information for new and more experienced dog owners. There are some folks who go out and buy a dog and think that's it - feed the dog and walk it, no problem! So when the dog starts to show behaviours that baffle the owners, the owners always thing it's the dog's fault not theirs!