How to Deal with the Three Most Common Dog Behavior Problems

I think we can agree that our dogs can be a handful sometimes. The good news is that its not unusual. That’s why we came up with this guide on how to deal with the three most common dog behavior problems.

When it comes to caring for a dog, there are a lot of potential problems. One of the most troublesome problems is dealing with a stubborn dog. Stubborn dogs are hard to deal with, as they often are hard to train.

This can become a huge issue when it comes to certain behaviors, such as excessive barking or inappropriate urination. However, to properly teach your dog the best way to act, there is one easy answer that you are going to need to remember when you are handling your dog: patience.

Patience is the key to managing any and every training problem that you come across. Of course, having the resources to properly fix the problem is going to be important, but staying patient throughout the process is going to make things easier for both you and your dog. Here are some examples of some common dog training problems that you might come across:


Aside from these, here is how patience can help you with three of the most common dog training problems.

1. Barking

All dogs bark. It is a completely natural part of life when you own a dog. However, there are times when barking is not quite acceptable.

For example, nobody wants to be woken up in the dead of the night by a barking dog. Figuring out the reason why your dog is barking is going to play an important role in keeping your dog from barking excessively.

Dogs bark for one of a few reasons. It will either be a territorial, alarm, attention seeking, or compulsive. There are several other reasons why your dog might bark, but these are the main reasons. Solving the problem of excessive barking is going to require you to figure out which one of these reasons is causing your dog to bark.

This is where patience comes into play.

How Does Patience Help with Barking?

Sometimes, dogs will bark because they are stressed. Dogs are also quite emotional. If they sense that you are becoming agitated about the barking, there is a very good chance that they will begin barking more in response to this stress.

Instead, being patient as you figure out why exactly your dog is barking in the middle of the night will allow you to focus on finding the reason and removing it. Not only will this help you solve the problem in a more timely manner, but it will also ensure that your dog will not be barking in reaction to your stress.

This is just one of the reasons why patience is going to be key when you are figuring out why your dog is barking excessively. There are many more times when patience is going to help you out when you are dealing with your dog’s training problems.


2. Howling

Just as dogs tend to bark a lot, some dogs also howl. It is simply another way that dogs communicate with one another. However, when your dog starts howling in the middle of the night, this can cause a bunch of issues.

Most dogs howl in response to another sound, such as a siren or another dog. Once that sound stops, your dog will usually stop. With that being said, some dogs will learn that howling brings attention. If your dog has learned that howling will bring attention to the dog, your dog will probably not stop howling for a while.

This is where being patience really comes in handy when you are dealing with a dog who is howling for attention.

How Does Patience Help Prevent Howling?

It goes without saying that if your dog is howling for attention, giving your dog any sort of attention is just going to fuel the fire. By ignoring the howling, you can show your dog that howling is not the proper way to get attention from the owners.

This will take time, a lot of time. During this time, you might feel inclined to go over to your dog and give it the attention it wants so that it will stop howling constantly. Unfortunately, this only reinforces the problem. By being patient and waiting it out, your dog will eventually come to realize that howling is not the appropriate way to communicate with anyone and your dog will find a more suitable way to get your attention.

Another area where patients will come in handy is actually paying attention to when your dog is being quiet. You should reward your dog for being quiet, as this will further reinforce the idea that there are other, more productive ways to get attention from people rather than howling.


3. Inappropriate Jumping

When dogs are puppies, they often learn that jumping up on people is a way to be praised for being cute and adorable. If this is not corrected by the time the dog becomes an adult, your dog might end up jumping on people the moment it meets them, which can cause a whole slew of problems.

Fixing this problem is going to be a little bit different than fixing other problems. Rather than finding out the reason why something is happening or simply ignoring your dog, you are going to have to actively teach your dog that this behavior is not okay. In some way, this is the task that is going to require the most patience, as it can be hard for dogs to relearn habits and behaviors.

For this problem, you will essentially want to reteach your dog that there are other ways to say “hi” to a person or guest. Depending on the dog itself, you might have to keep the dog on a leash or invest in a baby gate to physically restrain the dog from being able to jump up on people. As you might be able to imagine, this is where being patient is going to play a huge role.

How Can Patience Help with Inappropriate Jumping?

Fixing and relearning any behavior is going to take time, especially when said behavior was reinforced when the dog was a puppy. Getting frustrated and scolding your dog will only be negative for the progress your dog makes in correcting this behavior.

Instead, you should be patient and reward your dog whenever it does things right. If the dog can handle someone ringing the doorbell without barreling toward the door, consider giving your dog a treat. This type of behavior reinforces the idea that the dog isn’t going to have to jump up on people.

By being patient and understanding throughout this process, you can rest assured knowing that your dog will soon learn that there are other ways to greet strangers, and you will no longer have to struggle to restrain an overly excited dog. This will make life easier for both you and your dog alike.

This is also one of the many reasons why patience is the easy solution to just about any training problem you will encounter when raising a dog.

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