Dog Behavior Problems: Help! My dog is a nuisance when he misbehaves!Written by Moses Chia
How many times have I hear fellow dog owners say, “I hate it when he barks non stop… or he utterly embarrassed me when he mounts people’s leg”. Dog owners usually have no problems to fill in tons of their dog behavioral problems into above statements. I have to admit that I feel disappointed, even sad whenever I hear dog owners say that statement. Why? Because, these owners have failed to see things from their dog’s prospective! To put it simply, I should say that they don’t understand their dogs at all. Dogs do not misbehave because they're spiteful, or are out to annoy or anger you. They just behave in a manner which is expected of a dog! The fact is that dog behavioral problems that we can’t stand are not problems at all to dogs. In fact, do you know that dogs “misbehave” for a reason or two? To list a few: 1. Dogs bark because they have something to say, something to tell you. 2. Dogs dig because they smell something underneath ground. 3. Dogs chew because they are teething and are feeling uncomfortable. 4. Dogs chase after moving objects because they are following its instinct. 5. Dogs turn aggressive because they want to protect you. For your information, most dogs actually misbehaved (in our eyes) because of lack of care, concern and training from their very own owners: 1. Health Issue – Many behaviorists & dog trainers believe that at least 20% of all behavior problems are related to dog’s health in some way or another. For all that you might know. Your dog could be misbehaving because he is sick or in pain. Bring him to vet for a thorough check-up if he misbehaves suddenly when he has always been a good dog.
Tips To Looking For A "Good" Dog TrainerWritten by Moses Chia
Dog training is definitely not rocket science and is easier than you would expect particularly if you can get help from a good dog training book or guide. It’s also certainly possible for almost any dog owners to train their dogs themselves provided they put in adequate amount of effort. Nevertheless, you might still want to get additional help from a professional trainer, especially if you got a tough nut to crack in your hand. Before you engage a trainer, it’s always best that you do some research first as there are many trainers with different teaching styles and not every style suit every dog or owner.
Here’s a guide for you to find a reliable trainer: Ask someone It wouldn’t hurt you to open your mouth to ask someone for advice or recommendation. - Ask your friends, even strangers you meet in park for contacts of their trainer if you notice that he owns a particular well-train dog. Even if they don’t engage a trainer, you could still possibly pick up some valuable training tips. You’ve got nothing to lose and I’ll bet owner would also most probably be flattered. - Ask your veterinarian for recommendations. He deal with dogs everyday and must have seen best and worse dog. He should have contacts for some good trainers in your area. - Ask local Humane Society, dog breeder or even your pet supplies shop owner. They are also a good source of information and might just be able to direct you to a trainer who is particularly suited to training your dog breed. - You can also check out The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Trainer Directory: => http://www.apdt.com/trainers-and-owners/trainer-search/trainer-search.php
This directory has a search engine that allows you to search trainer by specific geographical location and also list out if trainers are Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT) to help you make your decision.