Horrible Problems A Dog Training Book Will Not Describe

>> 7/19/09

A quick scan through any dog training book will reveal to you that they do not tend to talk about the nasty habits your pooch will have.

In my opinion there are three horrible habits that dogs have and they are discussed below.

Excessive Licking

Dogs, as a rule, love to meet and greet their owners and others with a wet slobbery lick to the cheek or any other area they can reach! People who have had dogs as pets for any length of time are already aware of this greeting style, however, new pet owners may be a bit grossed out!

In actual fact your dogs tongue is one of the ways that they interact with the world around them. It is used to greet humans and other animals, but fortunately you will probably only get the odd lick now and again.

At odd times however your dog will seem to go on a licking parade, your clothes and most other things in your house are all up for grabs here.

The first rule in dog training tips is to understand why a behavior is being exhibited and then work to correct the underlying problem.

A lot of the time the cause may simply be that you have not given your pet enough attention, maybe you have been busy or out of the house a lot.

The Problems With Coprophagia

This term means the consumption by a dog of the feces of another dog, sometimes of another animal too. Dogs have been known to happily eat the feces of another animal but much less often those of another dog.

Nobody really knows why dogs do this you may even find your vet puzzled as to the cause. But the best thing you can do about it is to follow a few of the dog training tips below:

- Always make an effort to keep your yard or garden free from any poops to avoid temptation

- Make a mental note to teach your dog the leave it command for when he or she is off the leash

- Try adding something to make the poo unpalatable to your dogs diet like pumpkin or grated zucchini

Nipping and Biting Problems

It may be painful for humans but biting and nipping are one of the first methods of communication your dog will learn as a puppy in order to interact with its litter mates.

It is at this time they also learn to not bite too hard by receiving rebuttal in the form of harder biting from their peers.

The best dog training tips for dealing with nipping and biting are:

Other puppies will yelp to let a litter mate know that they are biting too hard, instead you can shout a loud No! or similar loud sound to let your puppy know they are using too much force

Giving the cold shoulder is another way puppies reinforce bite inhibition, the bully of the litter will be avoided by the rest of the litter. You can copy these actions by ignoring your dog for a short amount of time after the offense, this is very upsetting for a dog and lets it know your are displeased.

Offer suitable chew toys for your puppy; this gives him a better option than your hands and feet.

A dog training book is great for most behavioral issues but the three above are often times overlooked in even the best dog training tips manuals. Hopefully the above ideas will help you to have a better loving relationship with your dog for many years to come.

Horrible Problems A Dog Training Book Will Not Describe by Steven K Jerome

About the Author:

Passionate owner of dogs, Stuart K Jerome has created a free site about dog training at home. Click through to the site to discover more free tips and dog training book recommendations.

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Anonymous July 21, 2009 at 7:19 AM  

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Valerie July 24, 2009 at 2:03 PM  

I found your blog on blogcatalog and agree that the content is helpful and an easy read. The dog training book I've recently purchased (Secrets to Dog Training)talks about 2 of the 3 issues you mentioned in your blog, but I did not see anything about excessive licking.


Samantha July 24, 2009 at 2:49 PM  

Most e-books fail to mention this. There's and article posted here that may help:

How you can stop your dog from licking

Here's a small mention about nervous energy and dog licking here:

5 Dog Training Myths

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