Sometimes, you could be doing the best job anyone could hope an owner should do and your dog still find ways to just ruin everything. Sure you have the patience and you love him so dearly, but there will come a point when you will find yourself on the brink of giving up This is normal, but do not get easily frustrated.
Training a dog to become a happy and well-mannered one can be achieved not just by commanding and teaching your dog to do so, but also to train yourself to be patient, calm, and composed at all times. If you think it is becoming challenging by the day, try the following guidelines. Again, there is no magic formula, but you can always find ways taming a dog.
Barking is normal for dogs. They bark when someone has come to the front gate, they bark for territory, when they are hungry, or even to call your attention. But if it becomes uncontrollable, try to check how you have been spending time with your dog. Are you shortchanging him a little? If you are, spend some quality time with him. Play balls, walk with him, or just be there. But remember not to reinforce this behavior. Set limits and if you think he is only barking for attention and you have already given him a big chunk of your time, ignore until he settles down and then lavish the attention.
If your dog is big on chewing and would chew on just about anything he sees in the house, the best thing to do is to make sure that he is satisfied with his meals. He might be chewing because he is not full yet. Give him just the right amount of food and water. If he continues, give him variety of chewable stuff such as rubber chew toys, rope tugs, shinbones and the like.
Pick the chews up at night and give him a different mix the next day. The most important thing is you do not let this chewing dilemma get the better of you as an owner.
Chewing is a natural urge and an owner’s job is to channel this urge by giving your dog chewing-appropriate stuff and oversee the improvement.
Again, it is normal for dogs to dig. They may be doing this to dig things up, bury things,
find a cool spot, or just plainly dig for no apparent reason at all. If you have a digging dog, the best thing to do is to bring him inside the house. Supervise him and if he starts digging again, say “No”. If he keeps on doing it, distract him with some play. You can have a controlled tug of war or introduce him to new toys. Keep him interested until you are able to fully distract him away from digging.
Nipping and mouthing quandary
There are dogs who nip or chew on his owner. And if your dog is one of them, he needs to learn that your legs, hands, feet, and shoes are not nippable items. If you see these tendencies, you may begin by letting him know that whenever he chews on you, it hurts. Let loose a loud “No” or “Ouch” and then ignore him. If he continues, say “Ouch” and then command him to “sit”. If he does sit, reward him, praise, and release calmly. If he greets you with nips, have a chewable toy ready and give it before he starts nipping you.
Finally, let him burn off stored energy by allowing him to run and play. Remember, a tired dog is often a content one. On Climbing If you have a fence climbing dog, there are still ways to reduce this.
You can either neuter him if you have a male dog or spay her for a female dog. You can also make adjustments by heightening your fence or gate or changing from a link fence to a board fence. You may also install it with a slight slant into the yard making it impossible for the dog to climb.
Many dogs do not like to be left behind. While there are those who will bark but quickly settle, there are also those who whine, scratch and give out a frantic sound to their bark. If your dog is like this, you can only ease up your worries by having him bond with the rest of the family members. If there will be no one left in the house, you can distract him by giving him something to do such as rubber toys with treats in it. Also, do not give him the cues that you are about to leave. Some dogs would take cues on the rattling of car keys, picking up a handbag, or anything that signals him that you are about to leave. So when you step out of the house, do so quietly and reserve the coddle moments for later.