You have to teach your puppy a lot when he grows into an adult dog. It’s hard to avoid that he occasionally show bad behavior. That’s why you need to learn the way to react to such bad behavior. In addition, it’s also important to learn how to reward and foster good behavior. Take your time to discipline him so that he becomes a good canine citizen.
React to Bad Behavior
Start disciplining early
You need to start disciplining your dog as soon as you bring him to your home. You just need to show what behavior is acceptable and unacceptable in your house. Then, your dog will learn them. But, they have to be consistent with bad behavior. And, it’s easier to prevent the bad behavior.
Ignore bad behaviors
It’s best to ignore your dog when he tries to get your attention by nipping at your fingers, jumping up, or barking. Instead, you should look for what reward he is trying to get when participating in bad behavior. Your dog is jumping up on you as you go home. That means he needs your attention. Teach him how to get your attention by acting differently. Of course, your dog will know how to earn your attention and affection with good behaviors.
Distract as well as redirect him
You can make a loud noise in order to get your pet’s attention. You can clap your hands when you want your dog to do something undesirable like squatting to urinate on the carpet. By this way, you can distract him from the bad behavior gradually. Then, it’s time to direct his attention to desirable behavior.
Use time-outs effectively
If your dog makes any bad behavior, you need to remove him from any cause of the behavior. It’s best to take your dog to a different environment such as a quiet room in the house. You should keep him there for 10 to 30 seconds. Next, remove your puppy as if nothing happened. If he still doesn’t stop, you need to wait until he does. It’s important to do that once you notice the bad behavior.
Prevent him from barking
The best thing you should do is ignoring his barking. If your dog tries to earn your attention, he will surely stop right after. But, remember to determine why your dog’s barking if he doesn’t stop barking despite your inattention. Then, remove it. If your dog continues to bark, you should take him to another room for a few minutes. Or, giving your dog something to chew is also a great idea such as a rope toy.
Keep your dog from nipping
Your dog has to learn limits when he plays rough. If he nips, let’s say “ouch” and yelp. It’s best to leave him about 20 seconds after letting go of your hands. By this way, you can teach him that you won’t allow him to play rough. Don’t pull your hands when he nips. Of course, he will consider this as part of the game. And, he will chase you.
Don’t use physical punishment
If you use physical punishment for your puppy, it can increase aggression in him. Thus, don’t use physical punishment if you want to correct undesirable puppy behavior. In addition, this can injure your puppy. Most importantly, the physical punishment can also ruin your relationship.
Encourage Good Behavior
Determine what motivates your dog
Your dog is a very social creature. He needs your attention as well as affection. So, you should pay attention to him when he best responds to. There is no reason why you don’t reward your dog’s good behavior. This way purposes to help him get a positive association with the behavior.
Create your dog a routine
Your pet seems to know what to expect. So, we recommend you to make a daily routine with set times for toileting, meals walks, as well as training sessions. And, your dog surely knows what to expect. You can regulate your dog’s behavior thanks to a routine.
Reassert your dominance over him
If you want your dog to respect you more, you need to take clear control over him. You can use a stern tone of voice when you want to command him. For instance, you can make him sit and wait briefly before you give him a food dish.
Train your dog
It’s important to teach him a few basic commands such as SIT, COME, and STAY. This way aims to help you notice his engaging in bad behavior. Then, you can right now redirect his attention. Also, you need to command your dog to “sit” or “stay” when he intends to do something dangerous. This helps to reach him.
If your dog tries to resist your training, it’s time to look for a help. Indeed, your vet can help you. It’s also a good idea to enroll him in an obedience training class. Your vet will teach you some useful tips to learn what to expect from the training sessions.