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Training Tips: PREVENT Behavioral Issues

Let's face it, life is extremely hectic already.... we don't want to come home after a long day at work to a dog who is out of control and behaving poorly! Wouldn't it be nice to finally just be able to enjoy your dog's company?

TIPS TO A HAPPY, WELL-ROUNDED DOG:

#1- Exercise- Proper daily exercise is essential to your dog's well-being! Every dog's energy level is different, so make sure your daily exercise activities are appropriate for your dog's energy level, age, and health condition. Going on walks, jogs, runs, or hikes are great ways to stimulate your dog and help keep him active! Going to the dog park, dog beach, the park, arranged "play dates", playing fetch, etc. are also excellent ways to get your dog's body AND mind working.

#2- Diet & Health- Believe it or not, your dog's diet and overall health will help improve your dog's behavior. Make sure your dog's diet is appropriate for him (check with your vet if you are not sure), make sure to keep your dog up to date on shots, and don't forget to take your dog to your vet for routine check-ups! Spaying/neutering your dog will also help prevent and decrease potential unwanted behavioral issues as well!

#3- Pack Leader Mentality- Implementing the pack leader mentality in your home is a big key to a "happy dog home". In other words, your dog needs to know that you (and the rest of your human family) are the "leader" of the pack, and are to be respected as an authoritative figure. Simple ways you could enforce this mentality is by walking in the doorway first then allowing the dog in, working with the dog on commands such as "sit and stay", granting and denying permission to do certain things (perhaps jumping up to sit on the couch with you), and setting your dog up to be an all-around obedient dog (teaching him his basic commands and boundaries).

#4- Socialization- Proper and consistent socialization of your dog is extremely important to help him remain a friendly and social dog. If your dog is already very friendly/social, keep up the good work and continue exposing him to other dogs, people, situations, etc. Visit the park, go on walks/hikes, set up play dates, etc. If your dog is not already friendly/social, we recommend you start working towards that immediately. Not only might your dog be unsocial and not so friendly with other dogs/people, but if he does not get regular exposure to such situations, his condition may worsen and his issues will become even harder to deal with. Especially for puppies and younger dogs, it is very important to start socializing them early. Simple things like meeting other dogs/people, walking down a busy street, having somebody ride by on a bike, etc. will all help your dog grow up to be more social and confident in himself while in new places.

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                                                                       PLEASE NOTE:                                                                                   We are not professional dog trainers and/or dog behaviorists. While we stand behind and use these methods, please use them at your own risk and understand that these methods are of our opinions and are merely suggestions to assist you in finding harmony with your K9 companions.