Dogs are without doubt man’s best friend, and while sometimes they many not behave as you would like, every dog is trainable. Whether a 3-month old puppy or a rescue dog of several years, our canine friends are actually quite intelligent and should your pet exhibit any of the behavioural problems listed below, training can help.
- Chewing – It is usually puppies that chew constantly, which is one way to cut their teeth, and while it can be a challenge to stop a dog from chewing, you can provide him with a chewy toy. You could also enrol for dog training in Sydney, which will help you to develop a better relationship with your pet. If your dog has certain toys to chew, this should keep him away from your shoes (which should be kept in a cupboard).
- Jumping Up – This can be a little embarrassing, especially if he has muddy paws and greets your guests in such a way. Excitement is the reason for this, and with some training, he will understand that this is not the behaviour you like, and by rewarding him when he remains calm, he will soon get the message.
- Biting – Again, this is due to excitement, and while a nip from a little puppy isn’t going to be an issue, it will as he grows, if not corrected. One of the first things a dog learns when he goes in for training is the word ‘no’, and whenever he tries to bite, say no in a firm voice. Repetition is the key to dog training, and by using a reward system with some treats, this reinforces the good behaviour.
- Chasing Cats – It might be more than just cats, as some dogs will chase anything that moves at speed, and this can be cured by keeping him on the leash and teaching him basic commands like ‘sit’ and ‘stay’. If you have any problems with training your dog, enrol in a local dog training course, and the experts can help you to change your pet’s behaviour for the better in many respects.
- Digging – It is perfectly natural for some breeds of dog to dig holes, especially hunters, and if your dog likes to dig holes in your back yard, there are two things you can try. Stay with him when he’s in the garden and when he starts to dig, make it clear that you are not happy, and with repetition, this might be enough to stop the digging. The other method is to introduce him to a special little patch of earth that you prepared and encourage him to dig there.
If you would like to have a better relationship with your dog, why not take him to an established dog training school, where both you and your dog can learn how to communicate better, which will result in his behaviour changing for the better. Once you have learned a few tricks from the professional dog trainers, you can continue the training at home and maybe teach him a few party tricks to impress your friends.