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Just because he's no longer a puppy does not mean his
owner cannot learn a few new tricks
Dogs aren't born knowing our rules. They bark and jump and dig not because they're
being bad, but because it's instinctual. Besides, it often gets a reaction from us.
It is up to us as owners to teach out pets how to express themselves in a manner
we appreciate. Here's how:
Dogs bark because they're communicating with you in one of the only ways they know
how; but if you tend to their needs, you can circumvent the noise altogether. The
key is to learn to read your dog's body language. Take note of whether he's lonely,
hungry, hot or bored. Then, aim to correct the scenario with some gross motor play
or a meal. (Please see our articles, "Reading Your Dog" and "Saying Goodbye to
If you've raised your dog since puppyhood, you've probably got this one under control.
But if you're adopting a grown dog that has not been taught manners, you'll need to
immediately correct this behavior before a nip becomes a real bite. (And a lawsuit.)
Dogs who nip are not trying to hurt you, they're generally playing. Try yipping loudly
when he grazes you so he knows you're hurt. He will instinctively set his teeth less
firmly next time. If the behavior occurs again, yip again. Soon, he'll learn to control
himself. (Note: If you've got a nipper, never let others approach him. Call out a verbal
warning to children who go near him with a hand outstretched. Or, use a muzzle when
Dogs entertain themselves by scrabbling in the dirt. They love to hide treasures, build
dens and lie in the cool earth. And frankly, it seems sort of unfair to ask them to stop
this instinctual behavior altogether. Instead, quarden off a section of your yard as a
doggie playground. Teach him to dig in his area by burying bones and toys, and praise him
for digging them up. If you'd like a cleaner alternative, construct a sandbox for him. If
you don't want digging at all on the premises, put him in a cement dog run and take him to
the park or beach where he has free rein.
Jumping can be a terrible habit. Not only is it scary for some guests but also can greatly
increase your dry cleaning bill. When your dog jumps up, walk backwards and say "Off!"
Praise him when all four paws are back on the ground. You can also teach your dog to sit
when greeting people.
Dogs who want to show they are submissive will pee on the floor when you come into the house.
Instead of scolding him — which will cause him to feel further belittled —
immediately let him outside to pee and ignore him for the first 10 minutes you're home.
Dogs who miss you may whine, cry, bark or become destructive when you leave the house.
Often, this issue can be deep-sixed by spending adequate time with your dog and
exercising him so that he does not have the energy to get wound up. You'll also want
to teach him that you will return. Do this by practicing quiet departures then coming
home quickly. Reward him if he is well-behaved. If the situation does not self-correct,
you might consider a doggie sedative, but talk to your veterinarian first.
Lucky for us, dogs are fast learners. If you provide the right instruction, they'll
respond to you in a way that would make even the King of England proud.
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