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Training

If you own a pet, you will at some point in time run into behavior problems. No matter what they are or how small or insignifiant they might be, these "small" issues will undoubtedly go from small to big issues very quick.  So, we can not stress enough how VERY important it is to take these small issues seriously right away. Please remember, with any animal acting out in any unusual manner, we hightly reccomend getting your pet into your vetrinarian for a full check up to ensure a medical condition may not be an underlying cause of these issues. Pets may act out in unusal ways which can come out to us as behavioral issues when in reality this is the only way for your pet to show you they do not feel well. 

As long as there are no underlying medical conditions, what your dealing with more then likely is a behavior issue. What are the main causes of behavior issues? Below listed a few common reasons why your pet may be exhibiting  behavior issues. 

Why Is My Pet Acting Out?

* Bordome - This is the first thing  we will  list because MANY behavior issues stem FROM bordome.
  Depending on your breed of dog, age and health your dog may not be getting anough exercise and   they are telling you this by acting out. If you are giving your dog short walks or lots of yard time this     may not be enough to stimulate your dogs mind and to tire them out. A very good rule of thumb is       A TIRED DOG IS A GOOD DOG!

  • Don’t allow problems to go on and on. The longer a dog does something, the more ingrained it becomes.


Key training knowledge
* Timing is important when using rewards
* Keep training 15 minutes to a half hour each session
* Work on one command at a time. Once your dog knows that command move onto the next one you want to teach him.     Just be sure to use the other commands he knows in conjunction with his commands he is learning ie: Sit,Stay New         command down
* Make it a game. The more fun it is for your dog the more he will want to learn
* If you get frustraited...STOP. By continuing training when you are in this state of mind, will not help your dog to             want to learn. ​​​​​​​Dogs pick up very easily on how we feel. 

Yelling at your dog will only create more issues in the long run. For example, the louder you are if your dog is barking the louder the dog will become. Why? Because in your dogs eyes you are joining in on the barking excitement thus aggrivating  the very problem you want to stop.  So, lets begin here with the dog barking issues that we hear people so much describe as a problem behavior and why your dog may be doing this. The first step to effectivly training your dog is understanding WHY your dog is doing this behavior.  

We're going to dive into some training suggestions as well as some reasons WHY a dog may be acting out.  May times people can not understand that a dog acts out because of the owner. owners of problem dogs need to sit back and think differently. Instead of fully blaming your dog, change your way of thinking to what could I have done to create this issue with my dog and how can I help my dog to overcome this. Dogs do not understand the blame game. So by placing blame onto your dog will harbor resentment on your end of the dog causing your dog to not understand why you are mad at him thus acting out more.


Why Dogs Bark

Barking is one type of vocal communication that dogs use, and it can mean different things depending on the situation. Here are some reasons why dogs bark:

Territorial/Protective: When a person or an animal comes into an area your dog considers his territory, that often triggers excessive barking. As the threat gets closer, the barking often gets louder. Your dog will look alert and even aggressive during this type of barking.

Alarm/Fear: Some dogs bark at any noise or object that catches their attention or startles them. This can happen anywhere, not just in their home territory.

Boredom/Loneliness: Dogs are pack animals. Dogs left alone for long periods, whether in the house or in the yard, can become bored or sad and often will bark because they are unhappy.

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Greeting/Play: Dogs often bark when greeting people or other animals. It’s usually a happy bark, accompanied with tail wags and sometimes jumping.

Attention Seeking: Dogs often bark when they want something, such as going outside, playing, or getting a treat.

Separation Anxiety/Compulsive Barking: Dogs with separation anxiety often bark excessively when left alone. They also usually exhibit other symptoms as well, such as pacing, destructiveness, depression, and inappropriate elimination. Compulsive barkers seem to bark just to hear the sound of their voices. They also often make repetitive movements as well, such as running in circles or along a fence.

  • Shouting stimulates your dog to bark more because he thinks you’re joining in. So the first rule is to speak calmly and firmly, but don’t yell.
  • Most dogs don’t know what you want when you’re yelling at them to “shut up.” So train your dog to understand the word “Quiet!”

No one should expect a dog to never bark. That’s as unreasonable as expecting a child to never talk. But some dogs bark excessively. If that’s a problem in your home, the first step is figuring out what causes your dog to bark too much. Once you know why he is barking, you can start to treat his barking problem.

Barking can give dogs an adrenaline rush, which makes the barking pleasant. And allowing a dog to bark in certain situations, such as when the mailman arrives, can eventually make a dog aggressive in those situations. What if your dog gets out one day as the mail is being delivered? Deal with barking problems as quickly as possible.

How do I stop excessive barking?

Irregardless of what is  causing your dog to bark, you may want to up his exercise regimine. This will make training that much easier if your dog is already in a calm relaxed state before you start training. This will go for ANY kind of training you need to work on. 

Teach your dog the quiet command: This command is vital for barking dogs.  When your dog barks say quiet if he quiets down even for a split second give him something reward based.  Reward timing is the key for all training when working with dogs.