No dog is perfect, and sometimes he may display bad or unpleasant behaviors. You love your dog, but he can irritate you with any number of behaviors. Bad habits from dogs can disrupt a quiet house, wake up sleeping children, damage property and have other consequences. Identifying a dog's bad behavior is easy. Treating it can be relatively easy as well, if you have patience. Your dog may greet you at the door by jumping up and kissing your face. While you may appreciate this, your visitors may not. A visitor greeted by a jumping dog can get injured, become frightened, and may not return. You should train your dog not to jump on others. Itâ€™s important your dog not think jumping on people is an allowed behavior. Be sure youâ€™re not rewarding your dog for jumping up as a greeting, and make sure others in your family do the same. Donâ€™t give him any attention when he jumps on you. When people come to visit, you may want to put your dog on a leash to restrain him. Heâ€™ll quickly learn that behavior is no longer tolerated. You can also train him to sit when you have visitors, or have him go to his bed or another neutral spot. Dogs love to bark. Itâ€™s one of the ways they communicate. However, barking is often a nuisance to others. Barking alerts you to suspicious people, or when something is wrong. Barking just to bark can be quite annoying though, and itâ€™s up to you to teach your dog how to bark appropriately. If your dog is barking at strangers, or responding to other dogs, this is appropriate. If your dog barks out of boredom, energy, or to get your attention, this is inappropriate barking that must be curbed. Donâ€™t yell at your dog. Your raised voice will only excite him and heâ€™ll bark even more. Instead, if your dog is bored, play with him, or teach him a new trick. Take him for a run or let him outside to play. Many dog owners have come home to see their favorite shoes or chair chewed to pieces. Your dog must learn this is not acceptable. You can teach him this by spending time with your dog, so he doesnâ€™t feel lonely or neglected. Many dogs chew out of boredom or loneliness. You can also use a product with a bitter taste on some of your furniture to deter chewing, and give your dog a selection of durable chew toys. When you see your dog engaging in chewing inappropriately, give the â€œnoâ€ command and direct his attention to a chew toy instead. With consistent correction, your dog will learn not to chew your property. Training your dog to stop performing inappropriate behaviors will take patience, love and understanding. Your dog may need several reminders, and you may need to spend extra time with him, making him feel loved and preventing him from being bored. Always reward good behavior with a treat or praise. You also must follow through with your training on negative behaviors. Donâ€™t forget to correct him, and youâ€™ll be on your way to a better-behaved dog.
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