Last Updated on December 27, 2019
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Your furry friend can learn to behave. You just need the right training techniques, which are pretty easy!
Dogs and cats may start engaging in bad behaviors for many reasons, such as stressful situations and inconsistent training. Not to mention that many pet owners tend to reinforce bad behavior without even realizing it!
To get your beloved cat or dog to behave, here are the things you need to do when dealing with bad habits.
#1 – Urinating Inside the House
Inappropriate urination is commonly witnessed by pet owners. The best way to deal with it is to start by finding out the cause behind this behavior. Here are the most common causes:
▪ Medical Issues: Before blaming your pet, you need to make sure they’re not suffering from a health condition that’s making them urinate unwillingly. Consult your vet to rule out kidney failure, urinary tract infection, diabetes, or any other medical problems. Once you make sure your pet is in good health, you can proceed to dig up other potential causes.
▪ Litterbox Problems: Kitties can be very picky about many things, including their litterboxes. If you have two or more cats, it’s crucial to provide each kitty with a unique litterbox that she/he can call “mine.” But if you have only one cat, you can try getting them another litter box. Plus, you need to make sure to clean the litterbox every day.
▪ Marking: Pets mark their territory by releasing some urine in a certain area. Both males and females may want to leave their identity. So make sure to perfectly clean the marked spot to prevent your cat or dog from marking the same spot again. Also, make sure to offer rewards immediately after the pet successfully marks where it’s appropriate.
▪ House Training Issues: Dogs require consistent potty training from a very young age to learn where and when to use the toilet. For successful dog house training, you need to keep a strict schedule of breaks until your puppy learns.
#2 – Begging
It’s easy to give in, in front of those big, lovely eyes that are begging you for a little bit of food. Although puppy eyes can melt the toughest hearts, we should resist the cuteness for the sake of the pet’s well-being.
To end the begging game, you need to make it very clear that this behavior is unacceptable from day one and stick to the rule even if your dog would try to win you over every day without giving up.
If you’re consistent enough, your pet will eventually follow your lead. That’s why it’s important to never give treats from your table, not even once!
Moreover, your furry friend should stick to a balanced diet to stay healthy and live longer. It’s best to ask for veterinary advice concerning the right diet for your cat or dog.
#3 – Stealing Food
You are saving your pet’s life and ensuring their well-being by teaching them to never eat anything off of your table or counter.
Many human foods are seriously dangerous for pets, including chocolate, onions, garlic, and chicken bones. So make sure to give strict instructions to show your cat or dog that they’re not allowed to steal food.
Moreover, even if you do your best to keep your food out of reach, your pet may somehow manage to find something to eat on the floor or when you have guests and you cannot control everything. In this case, you should teach your pet some valuable commands, like leave it or drop it, so you can ensure their safety. And, of course, never forget to reward your four-legged companion every time they do it right.
#4 – Leash Pulling
This behavior can be dangerous for both you and your dog. If your pet is large enough, they may manage to pull you toward a risky situation, such as traffic.
Follow these simple rules to teach your furry friend how to walk on a leash:
▪ Use the right equipment: It only takes a visit to the nearest pet shop to find all sorts of equipment for leash walking, including head collars and chest lead harnesses that will help you control and redirect the dog’s movements. You should buy equipment that fits your pet perfectly while allowing them to see and walk comfortably.
▪ Use the right techniques: You should stop whenever your dog pulls the leash and wait for her/him to release before you continue moving. Or you can also stop and completely change direction. Whatever works for your dog!
▪ Ask for help: If you’re a new dog owner, it’s best to seek help from professional dog trainers or behaviorists. You vet can recommend someone trustworthy to offer dog training courses.
#5 – Jumping
You may tolerate your dog’s jumping whenever you walk through the door, but many of your guests will certainly not enjoy it. And if your guests are tiny humans, then you can put them at risk as your pet may easily knock them over.
While jumping can be a sign of excitement and affection, it’s also the outcome of inconsistent or inappropriate training.
It’s always best to start any type of training at a very young age. Try to teach your puppy to sit or lie down every time they want to jump. Or you can also ignore your dog completely until they calm down. As soon as your pup puts all four paws on the ground, praise them and offer dog treats to reward their correct behavior.
No matter what you’re trying to teach your pet, the secret to making it work lies in positive reinforcement and consistent training while using quick one-word commands.
A well-behaved pet means a happy home.
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