Free Help with Dog Behavior Problems: 3 Effective Cures
By Bob DeStaso
This free help with dog behavior will solve common problems like aggression, excessive barking
, destructive chewing
, and jumping up
Dogs are not very complicated animals. They need physical, mental, and social stimulation. When they lack these three basic needs, behavior problems arise.
1. More Physical Stimulation
A tired dog is a well behaved dog. Heavier exercise is an incredible cure for many behavior problems. Your dog will have less energy to chew up your house, excessively bark, chase cars, etc.
A walk twice a day just doesn't cut it for certain dogs. I highly recommend roller blading or riding your bike while he RUNS along side you.
2. More Mental Stimulation
Play games with your dog
. Teach him a new trick. Throw him a Frisbee. Play tug of war with rope.
Give your dog a toy. It will stop him from his more destructive tendencies. Dogs use toys to relieve stress, boredom, and loneliness. You can even make your own dog toys. Here are my favorites:
- Put some Kibble in an empty plastic jug. Drill some holes just larger than the treats. Shake up the contents. Your dog will love playing with the jug and eating the treats as they fall out.
- Dip an old ball into a bowl of beef or chicken broth. Your dog will have a renewed interest in that old ball.
If your dog exhibits resource guarding, do NOT give him a toy.
3. More Social Stimulation
Do not isolate your pooch. Dogs are social creatures and consider their owners as members of their pack. Unfortunately most dogs lead their lives chained up in yards, with little human companionship. This neglect leads to behavior problems. Bored, lonely dogs tend to excessively bark and destructively chew. Lack of socialization also increases the likelihood of aggression toward visitors and toward other dogs.
Socializing your dog is an ongoing process. Expose your pooch to different people, places, and situations. Rescue dogs need socializing the most because they frequently suffer from separation anxiety. Include him in family activities. Bring him for car rides. Let him inside the house when you are home. Take him to the dog park. Make dog play dates.
Exert your leadership. Dogs are pack animals and follow a leader. If your dog thinks he is the pack leader, aggression problems are likely to arise. Dominant dogs get possessive over toys, food, resting areas, and their owners.
Reestablish yourself as pack leader. Pack leaders walk through doors first, are fed first, and have their demands for affection met immediately. Do not give affection to your dog until he obeys a command. If your dog is in your walking path, make him move. Don't walk around or over him. It's the little things that send a message to your dog who is the boss.
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By Bob DeStaso