I am happy to welcome Kristine Bennett on the blog today. She is going to share your knowledge with you and give you 3 things that might seem entertaining with your dog at first but could turn into real problems. Make sure to see where you can stalk Kristine at the bottom of this post and grab her free guide also at the bottom of this post.
Having a dog can add so many wonderful things to your life. A companion, a walking buddy, a fur baby which feels you up with laughter, love, and enjoyment. However, some dog parents create problems unknowingly that if not addressed early on can greatly affect their life together.
Therefore, it will be harder to see what you as a dog parent are doing and saying to your dog to make these problems even worse.
I want to share three common dog problems that dog parents can experience that may seem harmless and be overlooked but can hurt you or others.
Behavior Issue #1 Jumping
It may seem great to get attention from your dog when you get home with a jump from your dog. However, acknowledging the jumping tells your dog that you like it and they should keep doing it. Therefore, your dog will think he/she should try jumping up on everyone in your house or out in public.
If you have a big dog that can be dangerous as well as hurt people when he/she means to get their attention.
The best thing you can do today to start working on this problem is not letting your dog jump on you as well as speaking to your dog when it occurs. Teach your dog to sit or down instead of jumping is a great alternative.
Behavior Issue #2 Pulling on Walks
Going on walks with your dog should be a great experience when opening the front door. Unfortunately, your dog may take it as a sign to pull to look and sniff everything outside. You may think in the beginning a couple attempts like calling your dog’s name or yanking on the leash to get your dog’s attention
Read the post: Consider The Natural Behavior.
Pulling on walks can become dangerous, you could trip or fall down as well as being dragged. It might not seem worth it anymore to take your dog on walks so you stop and then your dog has
No one wins.
Instead, if your dog pulls on walks, start working on getting your dog’s attention in your house where there is less distraction and take shorter walks.
Behavior Issue #3 Barking
Maybe you think it is great if your dog barks to alert you someone or something is outside your house. However, what if your dog just sits in front of you and barks constantly?
Dogs bark for different reasons to communicate in their world and with interactions with other dogs and with you as a dog parent. Your dog can do this behavior whether you are there are not and it can cause frustration for you, your neighbors, and anyone who is around your dog.
The best thing you can do is find out the reason for the barking by watching what your dog barks at in the house or when going outside. Knowing this information will give you somewhere to start and change how you respond to it. Furthermore, do not give your dog attention or talk to them when they are barking as this will reinforce the problem and make them think it is a good thing to do when we want it to stop.
I hope the three problems I wrote above give you a great starting point to begin working with your dog so the behaviors do not become worse and impact your relationship with your dog. Also, realize that you have a say, whether good or bad, in how you communicate with your dog to fix these problems and taking action can turn things around.
If you feel overwhelmed or things do not start to change for the better, then seek help from a professional dog trainer, who can give you the best information, support, and tips to make things better for you and your dog.
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