How to Handle Common Misbehavior In Dogs
You might feel overjoyed when you finally find the right pet to join your family, and you take them home. You love playing games and going on walks, but things aren’t quite as perfect as you’d like. There are some bad habits your dog is developing, and you need to know how to break them ASAP.
People in the rescue community often refer to the “3-3-3 rule,” which refers to how long it takes a puppy or dog to decompress in a new home.
Even if your dog has come from a horrible circumstance, certified canine trainer and behaviorist Susie Aga, owner of Atlanta Dog Trainer, believes your dog will require time to adjust.
Here are some quick tips to help you with some of your dog’s naughty behavior.
Fear, boredom, or an alert are among the reasons dogs bark. Experts recommend gradually exposing your pet to a variety of sounds early to help them feel safe. Allow your dog to access the outside world so that they become familiar with what they are seeing. Allow them to sit at an open window all day, barking at people, automobiles, and animals passing by.
To keep them active and to help avoid boredom, provide them with a variety of engaging toys, such as peanut butter-filled toys or treat-dispensing puzzle games.
When guests approach, some dogs are so eager to greet them that they will leap on them. Turn away from your dog when they come up to you excitedly. Praise them when they have all four feet on the ground and have stopped jumping. When friends come around, have them do the same thing. When they don’t jump and are calmly seated, give them sweets and lots of praise.
When your dog is biting
When your dog tries to bite you, distract them with something they are allowed to chew on instead. Stop playing with them if they bite you. They’ll begin to understand that biting is not ok.
You can also make a high-pitched yelping voice when your puppy nips you, as though you’re harmed. Your puppy should be startled and come to a halt. Then give them a treat for their gentleness. If you have any concerns regarding any treats, consult your veterinarian.
It is natural for dogs to guard their belongings, such as food, toys, and etc. If your dog does not guard anything as a pup, you can help prevent this trait from developing in them while they are still young. Feed them kibble pieces from your hand while soothingly praising them.