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Preventing Dog Behavioral Issues

Preventing or managing your dog’s destructive or unpleasant behavior requires understanding what triggers your pet to engage in these behaviors to begin with. Dogs will adopt certain behaviors due to boredom, malnutrition, injury, illness, and other factors. The following tips can help you understand where negative behaviors originate and how to prevent or reverse them. 

Invest in Training 

Whether you take time to learn the fundamentals of obedience training or invest in a professional dog trainer, training your dog is key to preventing bad behaviors. Training shows your dog that if he behaves well and listens to orders, he will be rewarded. Training will also benefit your relationship with your pet and build a solid foundation of trust. 

Prioritize Exercise 

Exercise will tire your dog out and keep them from getting restless and engaging in destructive behavior. When dogs get enough walks and playtime, they will be calmer as they can burn some of their built-up energy. Certain dog breeds require more physical activity than others. It is important to research your dog’s specific needs or inquire with your trusted veterinarian. 

Positive Reinforcement 

Dogs love to please their family. When your dog behaves appropriately, abides by your commands, or engages in pleasant, calm behavior, reward them. You may reward your pet with occasional treats or a simple “good dog” and pat on the head. When your dog feels like they are being recognized in an appealing way, they will be more inclined to keep up the good behavior. Conversely, avoid punishing your dog for bad behaviors. If your dog does something wrong, such as sitting on the furniture or jumping on guests, gently guide them away and avoid giving them any more attention. 

Stay Consistent

Managing your dog’s behavior can be overwhelming. It is a job that requires constant attention. It is crucial to your dog’s development to remain consistent and continuously practice preventative techniques to ensure bad behavior remains at bay. 

Contact your local veterinarian for more information on behavioral issues in dogs and how to treat them.

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Monday
7:00am - 12:00pm,
2:00pm - 6:00pm
Tues, & Fri -
7:00am - 6:00pm
Wed & Thurs -
7:00am - 8:00pm
Sat & Sun - Closed