By Josiah Neuman CMT, CDT
Trainer Josiah Neuman and Boot Camp Graduate, Moses.Dog behavior modification is often the answer to most dog behavior problems. This article is dedicated to the estimated 8-10 million dogs that will be surrendered in 2008.
These dogs will end up in shelters, at the pound, or put to sleep (euthanized). In most cases, these dogs are surrendered due to problematic behavioral issues that can easily be addressed.
The majority of these behaviors can range from chewing up shoes, poor etiquette (jumping up on people), or the not-so-house broken dog. At times, Neuman K-9 Academy is the "end of the road" for these dogs and the goal is to unglue these bad habits (quickly!).
Below, I am going to explain exactly how we do it. There are four things we establish or introduce to build a well-behaved canine.
1. Crate Training
3. Obedience Training
4. Exercise Daily
Dog Behavior Modification # 1: Crate Training
Crate training is at the top of the list for good reason. It is essential for house-breaking a dog, preventing destructive behavior,
and a means of giving your dog a 'safe place' to relax or sleep.
Dog Behavior Modification # 2: Socialization
Socializing a dog is more than taking it to the same park, to meet the same people, to play with the same dogs.
But even worse are unsocial dogs who cannot go out and experience life and a trip to the vet office each year. For them, socialization
becomes a bigger and bigger issue.
Dog Behavior Modification # 3: Obedience
Obedience training is more than teaching a dog how to sit or lay down.
Dogs are capable of doing this without our help! Good training establishes control like walking on-leash without pulling, not jumping up on people,
coming on command, or general etiquette.
Dog Behavior Modification # 4: Exercise
Exercise and/or physical conditioning is critical to your dog's health. It helps channel energy in a positive way that otherwise
can turn into destructive behavior.
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These four categories are the blueprint for reshaping problematice dog behavior. I believe proactive measures – or getting in front of the problem –
is the best way to shape canine behavior. It allows us to prevent the behavior from happening and enables us to maintain control
of the situation at all times.
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