Help! My Dog Is Out of Control
Is Your Puppy or Dog Out Of Control?
Most puppy and dog behavior is okay, but when we begin to see running, jumping, and biting or any form of aggression or craziness, things have gotten out of control.
If you have a puppy or dog that's out of control you're probably going crazy trying to figure out where things have gone wrong, and better yet, how to turn this situation around. Hopefully, this article will help.
What is Causing Your Pup or Dog to be Out Of Control?
Do you wonder why some puppies and dogs are well mannered while others are running circles around their owners and not minding? Is it breed? Is it because they were abused or abandoned? Or is it because of their upbringing or training?
All of these factors can come into play when we deal with pups and dogs who have turned a bit wild. Breeds like Boxers, Labs, and Jack Russels are known for their hyper bouncy personality. German Shepherds, Rotts, Pitbulls, and Doberman's are know for their loyalty and protective nature. Min Pins, Rat Terriers, Chihuahua's and Yorkies are know for their sensitive hearing, alerting their owner of any predator. So, choose your breed carefully.
Abused and abandoned dogs can have PTSD or detachment syndrome, which leaves them anxious and fearful and can later lead to aggressive behavior.
Puppies and dogs are like children, if not trained properly, they will be naughty.
How Can I Get My Puppy or Dog Under Control?
1. Dogs need a mix of reward, affection and discipline to be able to break any bad behavior-- rewarding for good behavior while correcting bad behavior
2. Get a handle on the problem right away -- as soon as you see smoke, you get help, you don't wait to see fire!
3. If you are unsure how to train your dog or break the bad behavior call a dog trainer or behavioral specialist.
4. Private training is better when dealing with aggression and behavioral issues, where group classes are good for socialization and obedience.
5. I always recommend that owners have 2-4 private sessions before enrolling in our group classes.
6. This makes for a smooth transition when bringing a dog into an already excitable situation with a group of people and dogs.
7. Exercise them-- by walking and playing with them, they are more tired and usually helps with the bad behavior.
7. Mostly, have fun and enjoy your dog--set up play/cuddle time for you to have fun together-- after all they only want to love and please you.
GREAT NEWS FOR ALL PUPPY and DOG OWNERS:
No matter the breed, no matter the issue, unless there is an abnormal brain malfunction, every puppy and dog can be trained and their behavior changed. If you live in Michigan and need a trainer to work with, I would love to help with training your puppy or dog.
Lisa Freeman is an AKC Evaluator, dog trainer, and Certified Pet Therapist from Owosso, Michigan. She specializes in obedience, therapy dog work, service dog training, behavior modification, and aggression. She is also an award-winning author and motivational speaker. Her work with bully dogs and anti-bullying has taken her throughout the USA. Contact Her. Sign up for Fall Puppy or Dog Class only $60 for 6 weeks!