Many dog owners become annoyed when their pet bites, digs, begs, scratches, or barks. Here are some great solutions for three common bad dog behaviors that can help you and your pet get along better.
Puppies bite for several reasons. Like babies, when puppies are little, they explore the world through using their mouths. They tend to bite more when they are tired or teething. You can train your puppy to stop biting by refusing to reward it for biting.
If your puppy (or dog) nips at you, stop all play and fun interaction for 5-10 seconds—no talking, no eye contact—then resume play. If he keeps nipping and biting, stop the fun again, and stop your interaction even more clearly by standing up or leaving the room. Repeating this cycle can help discourage your dog’s bad behavior and train him to stop biting. If your puppy is teething, you can try bitter apple, lemon juice, and diluted vinegar or hot pepper.
Again, like babies, dogs cry and bark for many reasons. You should first understand the reasons why your dog might be barking in order to stop it. Sometimes dogs bark to get attention. If this is the reason your dog is barking, you should ignore his barking until he stops. If you interact with him at all through talking, eye contact, or physical touch, you will reward him for barking. If you wait to interact with him until he completely stops barking, he will get the message that barking for attention is unacceptable.
Your dog could also be barking because he is stimulated by something, like passerby, cars, or another dog. In this case, you can train your dog to stop barking by desensitizing him to the stimulus. For example, your dog barks when he is around other dogs, then start desensitizing him by introducing him to other dogs at a distance. As you carefully bring your dog closer to the other dog, reward him with treats. If the other dog moves away or out of sight, stop giving your dog treats. This will teach him that his stimulus, or another dog, is positive and will bring rewards, so he won’t bark.
The solution to solving this problem is simple: never give food to your dog from the table. Each time you break this rule, your dog will learn to expect rewards from begging. By refusing to reward your dog with food from the table, you can teach him to stop begging.
Dogs learn through rewards and punishments. In most cases, you can teach your dog to stop behaving badly through rewarding good behavior and punishing bad behavior. Finally, be patient, and remember that learning takes time.
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