Hi, there! Charlie here again. It always makes me really sad to hear about a dog whose family has surrendered them to the pound for any reason, but especially for their behavior. You know, we dogs really are smart and with a little patience and the right kind of training, almost any behavior problem can be overcome. What’s really important is clear communication (not mixed messages), consistency and remembering that we are dogs (that think like dogs) and not humans.
My human found this useful list of tips on dealing with some common issues on Agape Animal Rescue. Before you give up in frustration, try consulting with a trainer, or at least trying some of these tips. We are big fans of Victoria Stillwell and her Animal Plant program, It’s Me or the Dog! Her positive reinforcement training techniques work and the show is lots of fun to watch. You’ll find more training tips and videos on the show’s website.
Common Behavior Issues at Home
Dogs, like people, come in all sorts of sizes, shapes and personalities. Living harmoniously with your dog requires a consistent, persistent attitude by you that you are the leader of your dog’s “pack.” Despite your good intentions and best efforts, sometimes your dog does not learn a behavior you want, or else cannot stop an unacceptable behavior. Usually the solution lies in properly communicating with your dog so that he understands what is acceptable, and what is not. Here are a few common behavior problems dog owners experience, along with some helpful tips. (more…)