Three Tips For Encouraging Dog Behavior Problems

July 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Dog Behavior

Let me tell you a quick story…Jane Smith has just gotten a new puppy. She loves him dearly and wants to have a happy, well-adjusted, obedient dog. But after six months, her puppy has grown into a wild, out-of-control dog who has chewed up everything she owns, doesn’t listen to her, and growls at anyone who comes nears him when he’s eating.

Everyone wants a dog like this, right? Here are a few dog training basics for training your dog to develop any number of dog behavior problems.

Ignore Your Dog

The first rule of companion dog training is to spend as little time as possible with your dog. Since your dog really wants your attention, this will encourage him to find ever more creative ways to get it, including running off, barking, whining, and in general being a nuisance. When he gets too annoying to be around, just tie him up in the yard and leave him there.

Give Him An Old Shoe To Chew On

And then wonder why he’s chewing up your good shoes.

Can’t he tell the difference?

Dog-proofing your home isn’t necessary, either. Just leave things like tv remotes, eyeglasses, clothes, shoes, books, and other items where your dog is able to reach them. Then when he destroys everything in the house, tie him out in the yard.

He’s So Cute When He Growls At Me When He’s Eating!

Allow your dog to jump around and whine while you’re getting his food. Then be sure to stay out of his way when he’s eating, because he growls and threatens to bite anyone who is nearby. Tie him out in the yard after he bites someone who got too close.

Dog Training How-Tos

Of course, nobody intends to train their dog to develop dog behavior problems.

But too often, dog owners don’t understand that they’re doing exactly that.

You may not realize it, but companion dog training happens whenever you’re with your dog. He constantly picks up on all your verbal and non-verbal cues.

For example, if you jump up and run over to grab the phone every time it rings, you’re teaching him that that sound is his cue to jump up and run around and get excited and bark whenever he hears it.

If you hate your job and get stressed out every morning before you leave for work, you’re teaching your dog that he should be stressed out too when you’re getting ready to leave.

When you take your dog for a walk, do you get nervous every time you meet up with a strange dog? Your dog picks up on your anxiety, and he learns he should be nervous around strange dogs, too.

How To Avoid Dog Behavior Problems

What happened to Jane and her dog? She found a good basic dog obedience course that included a free consultation with an experienced dog trainer. This course also featured a dog owners forum where she was able to get advice from other dog owners facing the same problems with their dogs.

What are you waiting for? If you’re inadvertently training your dog to do the wrong things, you and your dog will benefit from the same dog obedience course that Jane did.

Darlene Norris has worked at a vet clinic and an animal shelter, and has had lots of experience with dogs. If you’re frustrated with dog obedience problems, visit No More Bad Dogs at to learn more about a dog training course that will help to solve your problem.

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