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How to Teach Your Dog Better Manners

If your dog has trouble listening, you are not the only one. Dogs are not hard to train, yet many owners never get around to doing it. Or in some cases, dogs are trained to obey certain commands but one or more problems areas remains. Thus, we will dive into the issues that people have with their dogs and how to fix their behavior.

For some reason, stool eating is something that a dog will do, and a habit that really should be broken. One of the more popular places for dogs to carry out this disgusting habit is in the kitty litter box. The reason dogs do this isn’t clear, but in some cases it can be due to a medical problem such as parasites. Dogs, regardless of their health, still will perform this disgusting act. This is why you have to have a handle on feces around your property so your dog cannot eat them.

Unbelievably, there is actually a product on the market that will make the feces taste terrible. This is used to deter dogs from doing this. If you have to, you might need to muzzle your dog whenever it is outside. Certain actions come naturally to dogs, yet they can become problems all the same. Chasing is something that every dog likes to do. When something is moving fast, a dog’s predatory instincts come into play. Although it’s normal, however, a dog who’s always chasing things can be annoying and a safety risk. When your dog is outdoors and not fenced in, he should be on a leash, and this is the most reliable way to stop chasing behavior. Even on a leash, however, you should be ready to hold on tight when something distracting comes along. You shouldn’t have to rely entirely on a leash to control your dog, though; you should be able to stop him from chasing by a simple command.

Separation anxiety is one of the top behavioral issues that dogs have. A dog who is left alone all day might display an array of different behaviors that show their unhappiness. Barking non-stop, having an accident inside and chewing are ordinary signs of separation anxiety. Another sign of this is if your dog seems unduly upset when you’re about to leave the house, or very emotional when you come home. This is a quandary that is not considered a simple fix and it may take lots of training and changes in behavior. Make sure you leave toys around for the dog to play with, and keeping the radio on may help. Getting another pet is another option, although sometimes not viable, but it is a way to provide your dog with company during the day.

While every dog may obey their training, some need extra attention with certain things. The above are some typical behavior problems, though your dog might exhibit different ones. The optimal method, if you learn that you can’t seem to be able to do anything to correct the problems, is to contact someone who specializes in dog behavior or a professional dog trainer. Whatever you do, don’t give up as there’s a solution to almost every dog behavior problem.

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