Learn how to stop your dog from barking, jumping up, and digging with these easy, effective dog training tips. You’ll learn how to stop your dog’s unwanted behaviors: jumping on strangers (or anyone), digging in the backyard, and barking.
Before the tips, a quip: “Thorns may hurt you, men desert you, sunlight turn to fog; but you’re never friendless ever, if you have a dog.” ~ Douglas Mallock.
Dogs are indeed man’s best friend…and they’re even “bester” when they’re trained properly! Here are several training tips for dog owners, to stop dogs from barking, jumping up, and digging…
Dog owners may have unknowingly encouraged certain behaviors or just ignored some behaviors because they didn’t know how to deal with them. Behaviors that may have been relatively harmless in a little puppy can become much more serious, even dangerous, problems in a full-grown dog.
How to Stop Your Dog From Jumping Up
Dogs usually jump up when they’re excited or to get attention. One of the reasons jumping behavior can become problematic is because owners allow the dog to jump sometimes and don’t allow them to other times. This confuses the dog, as it can not distinguish between when it is okay to jump and when it is not, so they will end up jumping up every chance they get. When your dog jumps up on you, it’s best to turn your back and ignore them completely until they are standing or sitting quietly next to you. Even negative attention, like pushing the dog off you, is still attention for the dog and may reinforce the behavior.
It is important to teach any visitors who come to your house to do the same thing, and even to give them treats to give to the dog once he has calmed down. The most important part of fixing jumping up behavior is to be completely consistent with anyone the dog comes in contact with.
How to Stop Your Dog From Digging
Digging behavior occurs in dogs for a variety of reasons. Some small breed dogs like to dig because they were bred as hunting dogs for small rodents and have a predatory instinct to dig and catch prey. Other dogs like to dig to create a cool place in the dirt for them to lie down. And yet more dogs dig simply because they enjoy it or because they’re bored with nothing else to do.
The best way to stop your dog from digging behavior is to find out the motivation behind it. For dogs with the predatory instinct, this could be very hard to get rid of, but you could provide them with some toys to play with. For dogs that want a cool place to lie down in, provide a nice, shady place for them to relax in. And for dogs that are bored, exercise them more or provide them with more stimulation when they’re on their own.
How to Stop Your Dog From Barking
Barking is perhaps one of the most intrusive unwanted behaviors that a dog can exhibit. Barking is a very natural behavior for dogs, but if you can find the motivation behind the barking, there will usually be a way to stop it. If your dog is being left outside all day and barking nonstop, you can provide the dog with more toys to play with or even consider leaving him inside the house with a crate, a bowl of water, and some of his favorite toys. If your dog is barking inside your house with you there, you should teach him the “quiet” command using positive reinforcement and treats.
If yelling at your dog hasn’t worked before, it will never work, because your dog has not associated the yelling with your desire for him to stop barking. Shock collars and other punishing devices should generally not be used to control a dog’s barking.
If you’re struggling to train your dog, read Cesar’s Rules: Your Way to Train a Well-Behaved Dog — it’s the Dog Whisperer’s most recent dog training book.
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George Castor is a budding freelance writer who also wrote Bringing Home a New Puppy? 6 Puppy Training Tips for Quips & Tips for Achieving Your Goals.
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