Does your dog’s bigger than life personality feel like you have your very own Tigger in the house?
Tigger pounces people; your dog is jumping on people.
Tigger’s energy overwhelms his friends; I imagine your dog’s energy feels like that sometimes too.
All the bouncing around, playful biting and chewing stuff up can be overwhelming and frustrating.
Doggie misbehavior serves a purpose for your dog. For example, chewing stuff up may help to relieve your dog’s boredom. Jumping on people and playful biting certainly make you pay attention to your dog instead of everything else in life.
How We Help You Change Jumping and other Misbehavior
The majority of people mistakenly think resolving misbehavior involves doing one thing to “correct” the problem. The reality is it involves successfully implementing multiple aspects to make the issue go away. The three different categories that need help are:
1. Preventing your dog from rehearsing the behavior.– Prevention makes it so the behavior can not get worse when you can not actively train your dog. After all, you do need times in which you can relax or do other things.
2. Reducing doggie frustration – If you look at doggie misbehavior as your communicating that it has a need, then you can acknowledge the need. When we acknowledge these less than overt needs (otherwise you would already be doing them right), we reduce doggie frustration and misbehavior.
3. Teach your dog how to get what it wants with good behavior. This third step is what most people think of when it comes to training. We need to teach our dog what the correct behavior is.
- When you greet people, do it with your feet on the ground.
- When you want someone to play with you, bring them a toy instead of biting them.
- When you need to chew, chew on this.
Action Plan for Teaching Better Manners
The Well-Mannered Dog is here to help you. Start training with Manners classes or Private Classes. You can start training immediately if your dog is up to date on vaccines, healthy, and at least eight weeks of age.