First-Time Doggo Owners: Listen Up!

Hey it’s the Yettie in the Pink Underwear back to talk to my Tribe Members!! 💜💜💜 If you’ve never had a doggo before, but want to get one, I’m going to let you in on some tips for your doggo’s behavior. 😁😁

Common Behavioral Problems and What to do 

Many of these problems in pups come from what they’ve already learned. They can pick up these habits from other dogs, or they figure out that these behaviors have some sort of rewarding consequence. 🐶 Begging is a problematic tactic many dogs use because they think they’ll get some tasty food out of it. 😋 One of the most important things to remember when trying to teach your doggo to stop begging is to never give them food from the table (this confirms their idea that begging gets them food, and this will make the begging worse). Instead, you should teach your dog to go to a special spot while you eat, like their bed, or you can take them out of the room. 🙅 If your dog has a digging problem, the first step in preventing it in the future is to catch them while they’re digging, not after. If you do this, you can use replacement with a toy to teach them to play with the toy instead of digging up your whole garden. 😂 If you still want to allow your dog to dig, but don’t want them to ruin your plants, you can use a sandbox as a replacement. Let them know that the sandbox is their designated digging place, and you’ll both be happier. 🏖 Some dogs will have trouble coming to their owner when they’re called, which can be really frustrating on your end. Praising your doggo every time they come to you (even if you didn’t call them over) will show them that there’s a positive consequence. 👍 Chasing them may seem like it will help, but that will just make the problem worse. They may think you’re playing with them, and that will just make them run away from you. Only calling your dog’s name won’t do much. Instead, use commands such as “come'' and “here,” to help your dog better understand what you want from them. If your dog is pulling on their leash, don’t let them keep pulling, since that one little thing can teach them that pulling is okay. 🦮 The first step in stopping your dog’s pulling behavior is keeping their leash short, or using a traffic handle leash. When your doggo starts to pull, stop walking and wait for them to come back towards you. When they do this, make sure you reward them so they learn to stop when you do. If your dog is whining only for attention, it’s because that’s how they’ve learned to get it. To get them to stop doing this, only give your dog attention when they aren’t whining. 🙅 When they do try to get your attention, turn away from them and fold your arms to tell them that you’re ignoring them. Dogs can read humans’ body language, so you can even leave the room if you need to. Lots of dogs jump when they’re excited, which can be dangerous for strangers who aren’t expecting it, or people who are too small to hold the dog’s weight. Make sure to stay calm when you first meet them, since this helps your doggo control their excitement. 😁 Try not to give your dog any attention unless they’re sitting or standing with their front paws on the ground. If they’re still jumping, you can turn away to show them you don’t like it. Constant barking (or barking for no apparent reason) can be more difficult to train away from on your own. Tips that could help stop your dog from barking include making them sit before they’re allowed to do fun things, and not yelling back at them when they bark. 🐶💨 If these tips don’t work, you may have to take your doggo into training for more help. Training aggression can be more difficult, since many dogs can become aggressive when they’re nervous or afraid of something. This can also stem from the dog’s background or possible history in shelters or homes. The best way to stop aggression in your dog is to work with a professional trainer in order to build trust with your doggo. 💕 Separation anxiety could be another behavior learned by dogs with unknown backgrounds or unfortunate history. Some puppies do have separation anxiety that doesn’t result from their past, so you can try some techniques to put them more at ease. Teach your dog that you’ll always come back for them by first leaving them alone for short amounts of time, then gradually increasing how long you’re gone for. 🕓 Give them a comfort toy when you leave so they have something to do while you’re gone, and leaving the TV or radio on if you can could help them feel less lonely. Some dogs can benefit from crate training, but that may not work with older and more anxious dogs. If your dog has issues with chewing or biting, here is another blog post about chewing habits of dogs and how to prevent biting. 😁😁

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Go check out our blog post about picking the perfect doggo for your personality! 😁

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