Common Behavior Problems

"Max, get down. Get down! Oh, no, my new silk dress is ruined."

"Honey, you better come into the living room. You're not going to believe what

Toby did to the sofa."

"Hi. Come on in. I'll have to put Fifi in the bedroom so we can talk. She won't stop barking."

"Oh, Mitzi won't let you touch her. She doesn't like men, children, or women in hats."

If these lines sound familiar, maybe you have some of the behavior problems covered in this chapter: jumping up, destructive chewing, excessive barking, and shyness. Combined with housebreaking, not coming when called, pulling on leash, and biting, which are covered elsewhere in this book, these are the most common reasons people call me for help with their dogs. They are also the reasons many dogs are destroyed daily in animal shelters.

There are rarely quick fixes for behavior problems because these are usually symptoms of more complicated underlying problems that need to be solved, most involving miscommunication between owner and dog. If you haven't read the previous chapters, you will need to read chapter 1 to understand why punishment won't work and chapter 4 to understand the effects of your dog's personality on the problems you are having. The training described in chapter 5 is an important tool in solving any problem because it builds a foundation of communication. Armed with basic training and understanding, you can attack the problem. However, the discussions of the behavior problems presented here are by necessity simplified. Additionally, there are dog behavior problems that could not be covered. If this chapter does not help you solve your problem, do not hesitate to consult a professional.

Puppy Training Basics

Puppy Training Basics

Getting a new puppy is a fun and interesting time. You probably went to a breeder or pet store or maybe just saw an ad on the Internet or the newspaper, for puppies, and decided just to check it out. Before you knew it those little eyes and fluffy puppy fur had your heart melting and you were headed home with him or her in your arms.

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