Dog behavior problems can prevent your pet from settling down satisfactorily into a normal family life.
When you buy a dog, he becomes an important part of your family and it takes a certain amount of time and patience for him and you to become used to each other's ways and your way of life.
You'll want to train your dog about how you require him to behave around the rest of your family and friends. Dog behaviour problems are not always the fault of your dog but a good training program will soon teach him the way he must behave if he's to become a pleasure to live with.
Dog behavior problems like jumping, barking, biting, and digging are natural components of a dog's nature. If you don't contain and channel these instincts, your dog will completely rule your family life and will become more of a nuisance and embarrassment than a treasured member of your family.
There are many different options you can choose from when deciding on starting your dog with some obedience training. Some dog owners prefer to train their dogs themselves. You can opt to do this if you have some experience in dog handling and training.
Others prefer enlisting the services of a professional in their dog's training. This is usually done by taking your dog to an obedience school and enrolling him in classes.
Some obedience schools offer daily classes while others will keep your dog boarded at their facility while they train him. Whichever option you choose, your dog will greatly benefit from obedience training.
Obedience training teaches your dog many social skills as well as basic commands such as sit, stay and walking on a leash properly. Good obedience training will teach your dog how to behave properly around people and other dogs and some obedience schools may help address problems in dogs such as barking, destructive chewing, house training and aggression.
There are several levels of obedience training and once your dog has completed his basic training you may decide to enter him in more advanced training classes. Advanced classes usually focus on certain specializations such as eye dog training, livestock herding or search and rescue training. Some classes are held for certain breeds of dogs.
The most important part of any obedience training whether you do it yourself or not, is that the dog is handled with kindness and care. Building a relationship based on trust with the dog is vital if training is to be successful.
Dogs love to please someone they respect and trust and attempting to train a dog using harsh or cruel techniques will only result in a fearful or aggressive dog. Praise and rewards should be used as training tools instead of reprimands and punishment.
Dogs respond better to rewards than harsh corrections. A strong voice or quick tug of the leash should be enough to make the dog understand that a certain behavior is unwanted.
Aggressive dogs can be a nightmare to control and could cost the owner a fortune through court fees if the dog were to bite somebody. In many cases the dog has to be destroyed. Try explaining that to your children.
This, and most other dog behavior problems can be prevented by learning how to socialize your dog at an early age. Getting them used to being around other people and animals so they can react suitably without feeling threatened and having to resort to aggression.
Dogs are very adaptable, but they don't learn to behave as we want them to wthout some sort of training. All dogs need exercise, some to a greater extent than others, and without it you're never going to get very much cooperation as far as controling your dog behavior problems are concerned.
Remember it's a case of give and take. Exercise your dog on a regular basis, feed him good food and keep him fit and healthy. Add to this a good training program and you'll be rewarded handsomely with a well behaved dog you can be proud of.