Dog Behavior Training
Dogs can be very complex animals and as any dog owner will tell you, they have their own individual personalities. Sometimes this may manifest itself as bad behavior but there is not a single reason why this cannot be overcome with some behavior training. Hopefully turning your dog into a well trained obedient friend.
Before considering taking your dog through obedience training, it is important to look into the background of what makes your dog...... a dog.
In the Western world, it is estimated that there are as many as 800 individual different dog types around. Admittedly, some of the differences between the different breeds can be quite subtle, but nevertheless these subtle differences manifest as very individual personalities and appearances.
It's amazing when you consider that all modern dog breeds came from a single mating pair of Wolves, thousands of years ago. Who would have thought that a Chihuahua could be related to a Great Dane?
Your Dog in Obedience
Although you wouldn't ever expect your pooch to hunt everything around them, the instinct to is deeply engrained in their history and genetics. It is for this reason that dogs and humans became such close allies in the first instance. Man tamed the Wolf to assist with hunting and protection. Uses that the dog still fills so adequately today.
Understanding why your dog behaves the way it does, is the first step in ensuring successfully behavior training.
One of the historical traits that has endured through years of dog breeding, is that your dog is a social animal. From their origins as packs of Wolves, dogs have the innate desire to form close social units and to find their place in this hierarchical environment. Whether vying to be the pack leader or content with a more submissive role, your dog is carrying this desire deep within its personality.
Understanding this will open your eyes as to some of the odd behavior your dog may exhibit which can be construed as bad behavior. In reality bad behavior is often instinctive and misdirected.
More often than not, the solution to this for most dog owners is to punish the animal in some manner. This can often lead to aggression, over excitement, withdrawal and other often seen personality disorders.
Psychological Related Behavior
It is estimated that the average dog has the same mental ability as a two year old human child. In a similar manner, a dog will explore its environment using his paws, teeth, nose and eyes. Sadly for a lot of dog owners, this involves digging, chewing furniture, urinating on things and being a general nuisance. What may appear as 'bad behavior' to us, is perfectly normal for your dog.
Adequate training and guidance can overcome all of your dogs' issues and is an essential piece of the puzzle when integrating your dog into your family and home. Understanding, learning and helping your dog is how any dog owner will successfully turn their pet into the perfect family member.
This section of our site has lots of help and advice which will give you the necessary skills you will need to eliminate bad behavior in your dog.