Simple Remedies for Problem Dogs Part 1

Dogs can be complicated creatures. In this article we are going to look at the way we can interact with them to make their, and our lives easier. Whether you are a new dog owner, or have an issue with your dog that you cannot resolve, the following tips should help you to look at your dogs behaviour in a new light. First of all, is your dog healthy? Whatever the problem is, make sure that it is not worsened by any underlying medical condition. A dog that is difficult to house train, for example, may have internal problems, it is always wise to get your pet checked out by a good vet. It is also worthwhile looking at what you are feeding your dog. There is so much rubbish in commercial pet foods these days. If e numbers and flavourings can affect the behaviour of humans, you can guarantee it will do the same to canines! It is no surprise that many people are opting for natural diets for their pets. What we often don't realise is that we contribute a lot to our dogs behaviour patterns. How many times have you comforted your dog during a thunder storm? By doing this simple and loving thing, you are sending out a message to your dog that say's 'Hey! This is terrible, you are right to be afraid!' Another example is when a dog is persistently barking, be it at other dogs, passers by, the mail man, or whatever. In these cases, people generally shout at their dogs. To me, this always sounds like they are joining in the general chaos of who can bark the loudest! First of all, it is essential that you have a strong bond with your dog. The best way to do this is to go to your local dog club's obedience classes. The other interesting and insightful thing to do is to keep a record of every interaction you have with your dog over a one day period. If you are like most people, you will soon become aware of all the mixed messages you are giving her. It may seem like hard work, but I promise you, it is worth it. Lots of dog owners I have observed simply nag their pets. They do not give clear commands, or, indeed, lavish praise. If, for example, you have a hyperactive dog, praise her whilst she is being calm. Praise her for just lying in her bed! This works! To conclude: Check that your dog is in good health Review her diet Record every interaction between you over a one day period, I am sure this will instantly help you to gain a better understanding of your dogs behaviour

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