No dog is perfect, but when common canine behavior problems like excessive barking or sudden aggression get out of control, dog ownership can add more stress to your life than you bargained for. No matter how difficult your pet’s behavior issue seems, there’s always a solution. As long-time Central Florida dog trainers, we’ve had the opportunity to work with dogs from all walks of life. We know what works and what doesn’t, and we’ve plenty of tips that you can start using today to help your pet. Here’s a look at some of the most common dog behavior problems and what you can do about them.
If your furry friend barks every time the mailman comes by, the doorbell rings, a car drives by, and a million other things that put them on edge, you’re likely on edge a lot of the time as well. Barking is how dogs communicate. They may do it when they want something, to greet other people or animals, or because something startled them. If they’re barking frequently or at the drop of a hat, it’s time to do something.
First, don’t yell at them to stop barking. When you shout, they may think you’re joining them in the commotion, which is only going to encourage them to bark more. Next, train them when to bark and when to be quiet. You can do this with command words such as ‘speak’ and quiet.’ Try to encourage them for barking when they’ve already started, then for quieting down, until they learn the commands. This will help them understand when it’s ok to bark and when they need to be quiet.
A lot of dogs get excited when they greet someone, but this type of behavior can become a real problem if they’re jumping on guests and thrashing around every time someone visits. To help them calm down, teach them proper etiquette.
Have a friend or neighbor work with you for this activity.
- Ask someone to come to the door and knock and have your dog on their leash.
- Once your guest arrives and knocks, walk toward the door with your dog and then make your dog sit.
- Don’t open the door until they’re sitting.
- Let your guest in and make sure your dog continues to sit – if your pet gets up, your guest should turn right back around to start the process over.
- If your pet can sit while the door opens and the guest enters, give them a treat.
- Practice this often until your dog understands what good behavior is.
For dog owners, aggression can be a serious concern. It can intimidate friends, neighbors, and family members, making everyone uncomfortable, even if all they’re doing is growling. And, there’s always a risk of a physical attack.
When you notice aggressive behavior, it’s important to reach out to a canine specialist who has experience with aggressive dogs. Any type of threatening behavior means there’s a risk of harm, and that’s something you want to avoid at all costs.
At Russell’s K9 Academy, we regularly work with aggressive dogs and are more than happy to help with yours. It doesn’t matter what breed, what age, or how intense your pet appears – we’re certified Central Florida dog trainers, and we have the resources and knowledge necessary for rehabilitating aggressive dogs.
We’re here to serve all dog owners in the Daytona Beach area. Reach out today to learn more about our dog training services, including rehabilitation for dog aggression, in-person classes, and our dog obedience club. Call 386-265-3501. We look forward to meeting your pet!