Commonly Seen Problems


Dogs bark for a variety of reasons. There are exercises that can help with the different forms of barking. The following information highlights some of the basic ideas behind bark control.

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House training

House training requires a consistent schedule for going outside, treats for whenever you go outside with dog, good observing skills to prevent accidents and patience.

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Submissive elimination

When confronted with alarming, stressful, or exciting situations, some dogs may squat, relieve themselves, or dribble urination. It is not a voluntary action; rather it is an involuntary release of the sphincter muscle. This kind of urination is a very submissive gesture of appeasement. Punishing your dog will only make the problem worse.

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Chewing is another example of natural dog behaviour that can be problematic for humans. It is, however, a very important behavioural need for most dogs. What is the best way to teach a dog to chew the right things?

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Jumping up is a natural behaviour. It is not really a behaviour problem but a problem regarding greeting positions!

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Pulling on leash

Dogs naturally pull on the leash and there are several reasons for this. It is prudent to begin anti-pull training from day one.

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Children and dogs

Dogs have many ways to communicate to us that a situation is becoming uncomfortable. Children are not sophisticated enough to read often subtle body language and by ignoring them will often unintentionally push the dog to react.

With this in mind, it is very important that parents take the responsibility to educate their children on how to interact with their pet.

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