9 July 2018

How to Change Your Dogs Behaviour

Problematic behaviour can be distressing for you and your pet. After all, dogs don’t misbehave without reason, and a well-behaved dog is an understood and happy dog. Changing problem behaviours takes knowledge and patience, especially if the behaviour has been long-established. Here are some things you need to know about how you can change your dog’s behaviour.

Who is the pack leader?

If your dog feels that he is the pack leader and responsible for the safety of his pack, he’s going to make the rules and behave accordingly. Fortunately, it’s not hard to change your behaviour and show consistent leadership for your dog. It takes knowledge of the canine brain, not aggression or punishment.

With training, you can establish yourself as the pack leader and head off bad behaviour before it becomes problematic. With behaviours that are already established, you can change them through education and consistency.

Difficult dogs

Some very confident dogs may require more time and effort when it comes to changing their behaviour. Dogs that don’t listen probably lack respect for you and are likely a bit confused by you as well. With some clarity in communication and good leadership skills, even the most pushy and stubborn dogs can learn to trust and understand that you are a capable and worthy leader.

Temperament and personality matter

Some dogs are naturally relaxed and outgoing. Other dogs are shy and anxious. Training should be tailored to your dog’s temperament. Some dogs are quick to change, and others may require more patience and perseverance. Adapting to their personalities will ensure stress-free training.

Create a good learning environment

When you’re trying to train your dog to have better behaviour, you need to provide the right environment. A quiet, calm environment is best for training. If you live in a busy, noisy household, find a time and place that’s fairly calm so your dog can concentrate on you instead of becoming distracted by the environment.

For more information on how to change your dog’s behaviour, visit Bark Busters and speak with a trainer about your dog’s needs.

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