Just as humans come in all shapes and sizes, so do dogs! Apart from physical features that set us perfectly apart, we all have our unique personalities, likes and dislikes, and plenty of other attributes that make us who we are.
While dogs also come in many different shapes, sizes and breeds, every one of them comes with its own unique personality! While two dogs may be of the same breed and look alike, their behaviours and personalities can be completely different.
Here is some crucial information on essential dog behaviours that you need to know about to set your dog up for success!
Dogs will bark for a large variety of reasons. Maybe they saw another dog, or they got spooked by some thunder on a rainy day. Barking is a behaviour you can control. Before you do that, you have first to understand why your dog is barking. If it reacts to something in a specific environment, you can remove the dog from the situation.
If your dog is constantly barking at neighbours walking by outside or cars driving your house, then that is something you cant control! With proper training techniques, you can teach your dog to be quiet when those things are occurring.
Does your dog whine, cry or shake whenever you are not around? Do they destroy your couch, chew up your shoes and get into everything they possibly can when left alone?
While these behaviours could be indicative of inadequate house training, they can also be symptoms of distress.
Jumping up is a common behaviour problem among dogs. You may be annoyed by your excited dog attacking you the minute you step through the front door. Your dog is just telling you that they’re happy to see you! While the intent behind the jumping is wholesome, it can cause problems, especially if you have small children. You don’t want them getting knocked over!
The good news is that you can train your dog to stop jumping on people and start greeting everyone more politely.
Trying to get this behaviour under control requires consistency and patience from you. When your dog starts jumping, turn your back to them, cross your arms, and don’t say anything. If your dog runs around you to jump again, turn your back and ignore them. Only acknowledge them when they are calm, so you are rewarding the behaviour that you want out of them.
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Morag is the owner and founder of York Regions most trusted premier in-home pet care and dog walking companies. In 2000 she saw a need for an alternative to kennels, catteries for family pets in the area and has always believed that pets are much happier and less stressed staying in their own familiar environment. Morag and her team are all certified in Pet 1st Aid and CPR, she also offers continuous training to her team members through online and hands on pet care and pet behaviour and care courses. Morag has earned her certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Professional Dog Walking and Canine Attendant training. She has lived in the Newmarket/Aurora area since 1991 is a wife, a mother of 2 adult children and a grandmother of 2 delightful little balls of energy. She has also been owned by fish, birds, mice, rats, cats, dogs, gerbils and guinea pigs and is an advocate for all living creatures. In her spare time she likes to be involved in her community and events travelling, reading and cooking.