Is dog training in Richmond worth it? Dogs are like humans. They can be cute and cuddly and they can also be downright annoying and destructive. The only way to keep them well-mannered is to invest your time and energy in training them. You can think of dogs as children.

Remember the times when you went to Walmart or Target and found toddlers throwing tantrums? Yelling and screaming while rolling on the floor? Well, your dog isn’t going to do the same thing but it will exhibit unacceptable behavior that will get on your nerves.

These so-called “meltdowns” can be controlled through dog training. Before we go into controlling unwanted behavior let’s first consider what bad behavior looks like.

Factors that Contribute to Dog Behavior

Breed – some dog breeds are known for excessive barking and digging

Age – a dog’s age will also predispose it to bad behavior. Unwanted behaviors are often manifested by puppies than adult dogs.

Training – bad dog behavior can be corrected through proper training methods. The wrong method can backfire and cause more problems.

Situation – bad behavior depends on the situation like a dog can bark if there’s a stranger outside your home.

Personal preference – some pet owners consider a behavior acceptable while others consider it a nuisance

What Is Considered Bad Dog Behavior?

Generally, behavior is considered bad if it is unwelcome and excessive. Some examples of notorious bad behavior include jumping up, whining, digging, begging, barking, chewing, counter-surfing, urine marking, chasing, leash pulling, and biting and nipping.

Some of these annoying behaviors are innate in your dog such as barking and chewing but they will only be considered unacceptable if they keep on repeating it even after correction. Luckily, you can correct and control these behaviors. Here’s how to do it.

How Do You Control Bad Dog Behavior?

The first thing you need to do is to determine why your dog is misbehaving. There must be a reason why a certain reaction was triggered. There are medical conditions that cause your dog to exhibit poor behavior like an ear infection or bladder infection. Dogs that have ear infections are more sensitive to sound and so they bark in response.

Those with bladder infections tend to urinate in the house. Other factors that trigger bad behavior include anxiety and stress.

Prevention – as mentioned, it’s important to identify what’s triggering your dog to behave a certain way. Find out what the trigger is and eliminate it. When the trigger is eliminated your dog will not act out. For example, don’t leave food scraps on the counter so your dog will not counter-surf.

Needs – know your dog’s needs. When you are aware of your dog’s needs they won’t have to behave badly.

Activities – one of the reasons why dogs chase or dig is because of their bottled-up energy. Remember, dogs are like kids. We suggest you schedule a time for them to exercise so they can spend their energy outdoors. Exercising with your dog also helps strengthen your bond.

Ignore – learn the art of ignoring your dog. Sometimes dogs deliberately misbehave to get your attention. They beg, bark, or jump up. The best way to deal with this type of behavior is to ignore it until they get tired. Eventually, your dog will learn and change its behavior.

Keep Calm – even if your dog is misbehaving you should strive to remain calm because even the slightest hint of excitement like shouting or yelling will make your dog think you are encouraging the behavior. Keep your voice low and your gestures deliberate.

Takeaway

Having a dog is a wonderful experience. Dogs are loyal, compassionate, and they are definitely fun to be with until they exhibit annoying dog behaviors. When your dog is starting to misbehave, use these tips that you learned here. These helpful strategies will train your dog to behave.

Nick White is the owner of Off Leash K9 Training. He has over 80 dog training franchise locations throughout the United States. He currently hosts the A&E show, America's Top Dog.