Common Problems Dog Training Can Fix

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Common Problems Dog Training Can Fix

Dog ownership and companionship is about fostering a deep bond built on trust, respect, and effective communication with your pup(s). It can be challenging to foster that bond, when you’re distracted by undesirable behavior. Proper dog training can address a multitude of behavioral issues, like these common problems:

1. Aggression

Aggression towards people, animals, or objects can be a distressing problem for both dogs and their owners. With proper intervention and training techniques applied, dogs can learn to replace aggressive behaviors like teeth-baring, lunging, growling, and biting, with more appropriate responses. Beyond recognizing, intuiting and correcting violent outbursts, addressing the underlying triggers can mitigate reactiveness leading to a less aggressive dog.

2. Anxiety 

Among habit reforming and desensitization techniques, anxious dogs can learn to associate their triggered stimuli with positive outcomes, reducing their anxiety levels. Training sessions also offer mental stimulation and eases tension in anxious pups.

3. Barking 

While barking is a natural form of communication for dogs, excessive barking can become a nuisance. With effective training methods, such as teaching the “quiet” command and hand commands, dogs can learn when it’s appropriate to bark and when silence is golden. Much like with anxious dogs, identifying the root cause is crucial in addressing this issue effectively, whether it’s boredom, fear, territoriality (to name a few), a dog trainer can help.

4. Destructive 

From gnawed furniture to shredded shoes, breaking or chewing can wreak havoc in any home. Dogs often resort to chewing out of boredom, attention-seeking, anxiety, or teething discomfort. Incorporating “leave it” and “drop it” commands into training, alongside redirection and positive reinforcement, can stop this behavior. In addition to training, more doggie toys can help appropriately satisfy their natural or learned urges to break, bite, and chew.

5. Fear/Shyness

Obedience training in a structured and positive environment teaches fearful and shy dogs essential commands, giving them a sense of control, predictability, and security. This correlates to a reduction in stress levels and increase in confidence. Additionally, consistent training sessions strengthen the bond between a dog and its owner, creating a supportive space for fearful and shy dogs to flourish.

6. House-Training 

Dog training offers valuable insights into common challenges such as crate training, establishing a consistent routine, and addressing issues that may hinder the house-training progress. Consistency, positive reinforcement, and patience are crucial elements to effectively teach your dog proper indoor vs outdoor habits.

7. Hyperactivity

While playful jumping and running in circles, may seem endearing, it can be problematic, especially when guests, children or strangers are involved. Training for alternative behaviors and using a reward system can reinforce the desired response and discourage jumping, playing, and frenzied activity at inopportune times.

8. Resource Guarding

Start teaching your dog that when people approach their resources, it leads to pleasant experiences like treats or praise. They gradually help the dog associate ‘nearness to resources’ with positive outcomes, like treats or toys. Through consistent training and creating a positive environment around resource sharing, trainers can effectively reduce or eliminate resource guarding behavior in dogs.

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