1. Pulling his leash when walking.
Is your dog fond of pulling his leash when you’re going outside for a walk? A behavior specialist and Dog trainer Inger Martens said “there are certain words or phrases that stimulate dogs to keep this kind of attitude.” An example is “Are we going to stroll?” He further expounded that Dogs feel like crazy and disorganized when they hear these words or phrases even before you go outside of your house.
His advice is to put the leash of your dog carefully without saying words or phrases that could stimulate him to pull his leash. While still in the house, just stay for a couple of minutes first and try to roam around the house. Make sure to time the moment you put the leash on and the time you actually go outside for a walk. Use this gap in time to either finish a chore you left behind or watch your favorite episode on television together.
Inger explained that this method will remove the dog’s exaggerated reaction before walking that has been symbolized by the leash. You will notice a more controlled dog compared to a wildly excited dog that’s been spending his energy all the time pulling his leash and sniff a lot while strolling.
2. Keeps on chewing furniture and unsuitable objects
Idle times and unused energy are the main causes why dogs turn to become a destructive being. “One of the solutions are chew toys, that gives them another option to spend their unused energy instead of consuming our valuable things at home”, suggested by Nicole Wilde, a trainer and behaviorist. Nicole added “Good amount of physical exercise and mental stimulation are very important activities we have to do simultaneously”. If they are doing right amount of physical activities, it will result to a decrease amount of nervous energy that makes them not to do this unwanted chewing.
3. Keeps on Urinating inside your house.
Does your dog have this habit of peeing inside your house even though he’s not a puppy no more? “The first course of action should be to have your dog checked by a vet for any physical issues like Cushing’s disease and urinary tract infections, as this habit is one of the manifestations of this disease.”, said behavior expert Teoti Anderson.
After we have identified that their issue is not physical, we can now move forward to other possible reasons. Previously learned behavior, anxiety and stress are some of the causes to this problem among many possibilities. Anderson recommended that whichever the cause maybe, it’s not too late to start a “housetraining” for your dog. Watching over your dog with keenness is a must to avoid accidents. Letting him walk around the house without supervision is outdated. Reward system is still a good action plan and you may reward him every time he goes outside to urinate. You can also give him generous amounts of breaks and make sure he can’t go to certain places of your house easily, especially those areas where he usually urinate. “The main purpose of this is to make him realize that what we want him to do is to fulfill his call of nature outside our house” Teoti explained. We can give him a little bit of freedom inside the house if this is starting to become his habit already.
4. Difficulty to call him back
Did you experience, after some fun activities in the dog park, calling your dog but you were ignored and it seemed he didn’t hear you calling his name? Have you thought what caused this?
A veterinarian and animal behaviorist Ian Dunbar explained, we have to put ourselves to the shoes of our dog. He was really enjoying the activities he’s been doing in the dog park however every time you call his name and he comes towards you, you put on his leash, go home and end the fun. Imagine, instead of making our dogs happy after they listened, we actually cut off their happiness.
To get over with difficulty of calling him back, have your dog go to smaller areas with less distraction before we put him to a dog park which has full of eye catching activities. Once he improved in these areas, you can put him now in the dog park reinforcing the idea that calling his name does not really mean it’s the end of the game. Let him play for a while in the Dog Park then try to call his name. If you called him back with ease, praise him for what he has done and say “Good Dog”, then let him play again.
After a couple of tries, eventually your dog will realize that when you are calling him back, it’s not really to cut off his happiness on fun activities.
This is actually the most common problems of dogs ever since. Even though it’s a positive thing for dogs to be really passionate about securing our house, the noise of barking can be very inconvenient for us especially when we are trying to relax at home. However, we have to understand that it’s the way how dogs express themselves according to trainer and behaviorist Nicole Wilde. There are many reasons why your dog is barking and it’s our job to know when he usually does this. There are many causes and we have to focus on that cause in dealing with this problem. Once we identify the cause, we must ensure that we deal on it in a way that our dogs feel that they are being treated right and we are doing it with a positive attitude.
Let’s say the reason of his barking is because he wants some food, teach him that barking is not the solution for it. This also applies if he uses it to get attention or affection. If you effectively imply to him that barking would not give him what he wants and he doesn’t get his goal, then it may stop him from barking.
When a person is at your doorstep and your dog keeps on barking, it means they are protecting their territory. For this reason, Nicole advised to use positive reward such as cookies so “if someone comes in at your door, he will bark a little then move away from the door.” Doing this everyday would lessen the chances of barking each time someone is entering your house.
Lastly, if fear is the cause of barking, Teoti Anderson said “it’s best to use the help of a professional and reward- based trainer to modify the behavior of your dog and assure that you will take care of him and he’s not in danger with you.