Two Common Dog Behavior Problems and SolutionsDogs may at one time or another develops or engages in undesirable behaviors that make living with them difficult. There are some common dog problems which can be solved with patience and persistence if the dog owner approaches it calmly and with confidence and patience.
The first step to solving a behavior problem is to identify the cause of the issue. A dog might be bored, they might be responding to an instinct, which has been hard wired into them for survival, or they might be doing it because they get something they want from it. Undesirable behaviors, which are rewarded positively, are hard to stop until the dog stops getting that positive reinforcement.
Dogs are not the leaders or at least they should not be. In a human home, the human needs to be in charge for things to work smoothly. If the human is obeying the dog, not the other way around then the dog is the pack leader and will set the rules. Unwanted behaviors may be traced back to that. Some dogs are more assertive than others and require special techniques. Assertive dogs who have taken the role of leader in a home are not bad dogs; they are simply doing what is natural and filling a leadership void.
Positive redirection is a technique used by teachers to direct children into an other activity to replace an undesirable one. The same technique is appropriate for dogs training as well. If you do not want a dog doing something such as chewing on the furniture then give him something else to do. Dogs will be happier if engaged.
The Jumping Dog
The tiny toy poodle that jumps may be merely annoying or regarded as cute, but a large dog jumping up on family members can be uncomfortable or dangerous if they shove smaller members of the family down. Changing jumping behavior requires a consistent approach and some patience. Dogs who jump on their owners may do it to get attention or because they are patted or petted. Removing the positive reinforcement is important.
Rather than trying to shove the large dog off your chest, which they may believe is your way of playing with them or petting them in hopes of getting them to calm down the dog needs to be ignored. This sounds a little hard to do because a big dog on your chest is hard to ignore. However turning around and completely ignoring the dog will usually suffice. If your dog comes around front then turn around again.
Your dog will eventually become sure that jumping will not lead to fun times attention and play. If after a minute or so when they stop jumping you pet them, then the more desirable behavior will be what is being rewarded.
The Biting or Nipping Puppy
Puppies like small toddlers commonly experience the world through their mouths. They nip nibble and even play bite with other puppies and often they will attempt this behavior with their human guardians. Although a nipping puppy may not hurt at first, they do grow and bad habits are much harder to correct than lessons are to learn the first time. The first lesson a puppy must learn is teeth must never be used on a human.
When a puppy uses his mouth on a person, the best way to discourage this is to stop play immediately. Ignore the puppy for a minute or two (it will seem much longer to the puppy) then resume play. If that doesn't work leave the room entirely for a minute or two. When you return then you can pet or pat the puppy. It won't take long for this behavior to disappear since play is fun, and being ignored is not.
Dogs usually engage in a behavior to satisfy a need or to obey a natural instinct. With a little insight into dog behavior retraining can be effective and beneficial to the puppy as well as the human guardian.Article written by Helen Clark of