If you’re like most dog owners, you love your furry friend and want to give them the best life possible. That means providing plenty of exercise, good food, and plenty of love. But it also means making sure your dog is obedient and knows how to behave in various situations
1- Barking or Growling at People When on Leash
Dogs are pack animals, and they find their place in the pack. If your dog is calm when he’s alone with you but aggressive towards people when he’s on a leash, it means that your dog believes his place is at the top of the pecking order. This isn’t healthy for him or others around him. Your dog needs obedience lessons so he can learn how to be calm and controlled, even when on a leash.
If your dog barks or growls at strangers or children or other dogs, then you need to enroll him in a positive training program right away. If not, something worse could happen – like a bite to a child or a fight with another dog – and you could be forced to give up your beloved companion.
2- Chasing Other Dogs or People Who are Jogging or Biking
Dogs who chase joggers, bikers, cars, horses, cats, squirrels, kids on bikes – any moving thing – are out of control. They’re a danger to themselves and others. They need obedience lessons to teach them how to respect their owners and listen no matter the distraction.
3- Climbing on Furniture, Jumping Up for Attention, or Doing Other Inappropriate Things
Wrong things like climbing on the furniture or jumping don’t always cause problems right away, but they create a bad habit that could later cause problems. For example, jumping up might be cute when your dog is a puppy but won’t be so cute when he weighs fifty pounds.
Or dogs who are allowed to do inappropriate things might develop destructive chewing habits because their owners don’t teach them what’s okay to chew and what isn’t. This is why all dogs need to learn what’s appropriate and what isn’t, even if they’re well-behaved enough that it seems like it wouldn’t be necessary.
4- Digging up Your Garden or Other Areas
If your dog is digging up your garden or other areas, it means he’s bored and has excess energy to burn. This also creates a bad habit that can be hard to break. The best way to stop this behavior is through obedience lessons that teach your dog how to behave when he has too much energy.
5- Your Dog Won’t Come When Called
If your dog won’t come when you call him, it’s a sign that he doesn’t respect you and listens only when he feels like it. He needs obedience lessons to show him that coming back to you is always the best option. It might be hard to do at first, but eventually, your dog will come when you call because he’ll learn that it’s in his best interest.
Obedience lessons are the best way to ensure that you and your beloved pet have a long, happy life together. If your dog is exhibiting any of these behaviors, make an appointment with your vet for an assessment. If your vet diagnoses your dog with a behavior problem, ask for a referral to an animal behaviorist or trainer who can help you get on the right track.