Dog Behaviour Problems – Tips to Help Fix Them
If you’ve ever watched a dog play with its brothers and sisters, you know that they are amazing. They are so skilled that they may be almost scary. And you want to praise them, pet them, take them for a walk, and buy them a ball. Why is that? They are so good at what they do that you may want to teach them how to do it better.
Dogs are remarkable in that they learn as quickly as they can. They learn how to do many things extremely well – even things that would be considered human talents! It’s just the way they are. A few things that make dogs stand out from other animals are their quick thinking and ability to learn new things, rapidly.
They don’t just learn through what we teach them, though. Dogs are born with the ability to learn. They have the capability, it’s just that we often lack the focus to show them the right method of teaching them. It’s just our way of teaching them. We let them “do” their own thing. We let them know what they can’t do. We teach them by doing.
Let’s take a moment to look at what we usually do when we want to teach a dog tricks. We let them “do” the task themselves. We put them in a room and we teach them by giving them commands and rewards after they do well. We see their reactions, we make sure they are enjoying the training. We keep up the practice, just in case they start to lose interest or start to lose the ability to do what we want. We try to keep up the motivation. And we hope that they pick it up soon. This is a big mistake.
* It is a dangerous practice to let your dog “act” on its own. You will notice very quickly when they aren’t seeing things correctly. This is the hardest time for them and they will usually lose interest and start to lose their mind.
* It is unsafe to try to teach a dog how to do something if you don’t understand him. He will go through many forms, will stop responding to any form, and will start to act differently on certain days.
* It is threatening to try and teach a dog how to do something if you don’t understand the commands. The dog may become confused and frustrated.
Now for a more realistic example. A dog goes down the street and starts barking. We know that he is barking for attention. We get him to go away. We reward him and praise him. But he doesn’t respond to a simple command “all quiet”. Instead, he acts differently on each occasion. We have to try and correct the behavior each time he acts inappropriately, and that doesn’t always work. We have to keep trying and trying. We want to get him to behave, and he is acting out more and more each time. We have come to the end of our rope.
We have tried for months and months and we can’t get him to behave. So we resort to a harsh and excessive punishment, sometimes which means hurting him, sometimes which means spanking him, or using the “banana peeler” which is painful, to say the least. And we don’t get him to behave. This is a real pain in the neck.
What we need to do: Learn the commands that we can use on a daily basis. And learn to understand the actions and reactions of your dog so we can use our knowledge to train our dog effectively.
So we have just seen how important it is to learn and understand the commands that we can use to correct bad behaviors. These commands have to be given at the right time. Using punishment to correct bad behavior can lead to a fear of punishment and a need for punishment at all times. Therefore the punishment is only given when it’s actually required. Therefore it is never enough to just tell your dog not to bark. The right time to correct your dog is when he is doing the wrong thing, not when he is doing the right thing.
This is why some dogs don’t respond to simply the word “Quiet”. To get your dog to listen to Quiet, you have to reward the appropriate behavior and praise the appropriate behavior. And when he does the right thing, to reward the correct behavior. Do not use the word “Quiet” when giving the reward or praise.
You can see how important it is to know the right time and the right command.
Now we will see how to correct bad behaviors when we have been unable to do them correctly.
Do not use the correct time to correct your dog in the moments when he is performing the wrong behavior. You are only going to confuse him. You are distracting him from the correct behavior. Your dog needs to be rewarded and praised for the correct behavior and punished for the wrong behavior. You can see how valuable it is to compensate and praise the proper behavior.
Do not use the correct command to correct your dog in the moments when he is performing the wrong behavior. Using the correct command will show him that this is the correct behavior. If you use the command “Quiet”, he will never do it if he is thinking “I am going to get punished”. So use the correct command.
Clicker training can be very useful when your dog needs to be trained. This type of training needs to be done correctly otherwise your dog is very likely to end up with your whole family for not doing it correctly. If you are unable to correct your dog and keep him busy enough, he will never learn what is expected of him. Just watch him and watch what is expected of him. See how useful he can be to you.