Tips for Dealing with Unruly Dogs

When we first adopt a pet, we hope that as soon as the dog comes home that everything will be smooth sailing. Unfortunately, it often never works out that way. No matter how hard we try, our dogs sometimes have a bit of trouble transitioning from life in the shelter to life at home.

One of the difficulties you may experience is a dog that is highly disobedient and unruly. Dealing with a misbehaved dog can take a considerable amount of your time and energy — and maybe even your money, if your pet is destroying your home’s furniture. Be rest assured that most people have to train their pet when they first come home. Check out some tips to train your pet below!

  • Identify problems and their triggers

You can’t know how to train your pet unless you know the full range of problems behaviors you attempting to end. Make sure you get a complete list of the behaviors and more importantly, what triggers them. If you know what exactly is causing the undesired behavior, you may be able to avoid it in the future — leaving you with a much more well-behaved pet.

  • Examine your own behavior

While many dogs need to be trained when they are introduced to a new environment, your behavior may be reinforcing the problematic behaviors in your dog. Take for instance your dog jumping on the couch. If you give him a treat soon after he does so, despite your annoyance with his behavior, it may lead him to believe that every time he jumps on the couch, he will be rewarded. Also, on another note, make sure to never inflict pain on your pet in order to teach them proper behavior. This will only strain your relationship with your pet and make training them even more difficult.

  • Talk to the vet

If your training efforts are making little to no impact on your pet’s behavior, you might want to reach out to your vet. Many animals act out when they are in pain, and your dog might be trying to tell you something. Your vet will be able to help you identify any health issues your pet may be experiencing, helping you stop undesired behavior. You should be taking your pet to the vet anyway, so just include this in your next appointment.

  • Reach out to a trainer

Let’s face it — no matter how much we love pets, most of us are not animal behavior experts like Walk!ATX. Many professionals have dedicated their lives to training dogs to be better behaved at home. In addition, these courses can take care of the training for certain commands (such as “Sit!” “Stay” “Come” and more) for you, allowing you more fun time with your pet. Before signing up your dog for the training, make sure to meet with the individuals who will be training your pet to see if they are people you would feel comfortable leaving your pet with.