Dogs are great companions; they bring so much joy and happiness into our lives. However, it can be hard to have them around if they misbehave or just leave a mess all over the house once in a while. Below we will talk about some of the most common reasons for dog misbehavior and what you can do to try and fix it.
We’ll also cover some of the most common mistakes that owners make when training their pets and how to avoid them and provide tips on what chew toys you should avoid providing your pup since these items are often more harmful than helpful! Hopefully, at least one of these tips will help with your dog’s behavioral issues.
1. Give the Dog Too Much Food
Your dog might think that you will give it more treats than usual when it barks. In some cases, they might find that their bark is enough to get a meal, leading to them barking constantly.
They could also get into the habit of barking just to get some food and not realize what they are doing is wrong. Of course, you can try feeding your dog less or with a smaller amount, so there’s no reason for its behavior.
2. Keep the Dog Away From Scary Things
If your dog exhibits any kind of aggression or likes to bite people, you’ll want to make sure it doesn’t have any contact with anyone. Try to make sure that your dog doesn’t come into contact with strange people, if possible, so it doesn’t learn to be aggressive.
If you’re incapable of avoiding all contact, you can still try to block the dog’s eyes so it doesn’t see anyone it might not like or have any reaction to.
3. Get Rid of the Dog
This is one of the most common mistakes that owners make and also one that we frequently see in our shelters. If your dog has a bad habit you’re trying to fix, then getting rid of it could cause problems with future adopted pets and need training. If you want to make sure that your new dog is safe and happy, we recommend adopting a rescue dog.
Rescue dogs often already have some good behaviors and commands ingrained in them that can help you build on this behavior. Another great tip is to visit your local shelter and find a breed that you would like to train. Many breeds are very easy to train and have great personalities, making fixing issues easier.
4. Do Not Correct the Behavior
Dogs need to learn from their mistakes so they don’t repeat them if they should happen again in the future. It’s very important to keep all dog training positive, so if your dog misbehaves, you should still try to focus on the correction, but in a way that does not seem harsh.
5. Put the Dog Away For Safekeeping
This is one of the most common mistakes we see in dog training. If your dog is misbehaving and you must put it away from your home or family using an invisible fence, make sure it has a safe space and that any food or water is removed while it is there.
It’s also good to avoid distractions while the dog is sleeping and not be allowed near your other animals or children, as this can cause anxiety problems later. Make sure to invest in quality safety products for your furry friend from reliable brands like Pet Stop.
6. Not Letting The Dog Exercise
Dogs need to run regularly to stay in shape and be healthy. However, it’s also a good idea to make sure that they don’t overdo it, as they can tire out quickly if they are constantly exercised when they are not supposed to. An easy way to make sure your dog doesn’t overdo it is simply ensuring that you give them enough food and water so they do not get thirsty or hungry.
7. Too Much Training
It’s very important to train your dog to be social and relaxed, but it’s also important not to make unwanted behaviors that may hurt you or your family. Many owners try to make their pets too obedient, meaning they will train their dogs not just to be good but perfect in every way, which is impossible.
If they are doing well with basic commands, then you can work on strengthening the ones that work well for the dog, but don’t get too carried away with rewarding your dog endlessly if it doesn’t respond to the commands in a certain way.
Few things are more important to a dog than being safe and happy, so taking your dog’s training seriously is important. Otherwise, you’re just going to have a problem in the future. We hope you found these tips helpful and that they will make your training much easier with your pet!