How do I get my dog to behave?

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Recently my wife and I got a chihuahua. We got him when he was ten weeks old, but as he grew on to us, his behavior has gotten worse and worse. He destroys everything from shoes to carpet and even wall lining. I don’t know what to do anymore. He bites both my wife and me and when she sits on the floor he pulls her hair. He has learned how to jump on our bed and on the couch. I don’t know what to do. Any advise.

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    5 Responses to “How do I get my dog to behave?”

    1. Marissa B says:

      I would hire a private dog trainer that will come to your house and work with him. My friend had a worser problem with his pit bull terrier, the dog would bite toddlers, and would not behave for 1 minute. He hired a private dog trainer that came to his house and worked with the pit bull, and now the pit is the sweetest dog ever!!!!!! And is very obediant! and is the calmest happiest dog. It costed him I think 30 bucks per session. But it was well worth it! but make sure you hire someone with
      plenty of experience.
      Hope this helps!

    2. oregano13 says:

      Obedience class. It isn’t any less important because your dog is small. Also, twice daily walks at least a half hour long (also not any less important because it’s a small dog). If that’s not helping, make them longer. If you don’t provide them with a healthy outlet for their energy, they’ll find their own outlet. My Min Pin gets out for at least an hour and a half worth of walks daily, plus an agility practice session and about half an hour of obedience work or he’s a holy terror. Getting him involved in a fun activity can help to wear him out mentally and physically and make him less likely to be obnoxious at home as well. For example, there’s a frisbee-catching Chihuahua in the city I live in, he’s been taught to do back flips, catch frisbees out of the air, etc. I see him all the time at local parks- he and his owners have a ton of fun. Agility is another option for a high energy bored dog.

      People let their little dogs get away with murder because they are tiny and cute. They don’t obedience train, socialize, or provide a healthy activity level. This is the result. Please invest the relatively small fee in a basic obedience course and start providing your dog with appropriate activities to occupy his time.

    3. Dirtbikesrock! says:

      you need to show him/her that YOU or your wife, is the boss! and that he/she cant be beat. Maybe if you need to, you can take them on walks more often or let them play outside to wear them out so he/she is too tired to do anything but be cute and laydown.

    4. Sarah L says:

      OBEDIENCE CLASSES. next time you get a dog, make sure you get it from a reputable breeder!

      reward good behaviour.

    5. Elly says:

      You need to teach him what is acceptable behavior and what is not acceptable behavior. Here are some things that may help:

      1. Always put a drag lead on him. Use a light lead, and clip off the loop at the end so it doesn’t catch on anything. Make sure to use a flat collar and not a training collar. When you dog does something inappropriate, non-mark him (ack, ack) and stop him. For example if he jumps on you, turn away; if he gets on the furniture, use the lead to get him down.

      2. Time-out. If your dog continues with his bad behavior after you have told him to stop, then say "time-out" and remove him to a time-out area (a safe but boring room, e.g. laundry room). Leave him in there for a couple of minutes and let him out. If he starts up again, non-mark him (ack, ack), and say time-out and put him back in time-out. This time lengthen the duration to about 10-15 minutes. Note that if your dog stops the bad behavior, make sure to praise him a lot and give him good treats. Keep this up and your dog will learn that certain behaviors get him rewards while others get him into a boring room with nothing to do.

      3. NILIF program. A great way to establish yourself as leader is through the control of resources. Don’t give anything to your dog (including pets and affection) unless he does something for you first. For example ask him for a "sit" before you give him food, toys, or freedom.

      4. Obedience training. Try and do some obedience training sessions everyday. Enroll in a class or get a good obedience book, and practice with him for short sessions (10-15 minutes) every day. This will help establish you as a leader, improve your bond with your dog, exercise your dog’s mind, and give you good tools that you can use to help control him in the house.

      As for the biting, this site has some helpful tips.
      http://www.shibashake.com/ss_how-to-solve-dog-training-dog-behavior-problems-issues.html

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