Mother's Day is a time to celebrate the moms in our lives, but it can also be a time of stress if your dog has behavioral issues. If your dog is barking at guests, jumping on people, or chewing on furniture, you're not alone. These are all common dog problems, but there are solutions.
Barking at Guests
One of the most common dog issues is barking at guests. This can be a frustrating problem for both moms and their dogs. There are a few things you can do to help your dog stop barking at guests.
Desensitize your dog to new people. Start by having friends or family members come over for short visits and give your dog a treat every time they see a new person. As your dog becomes more comfortable with new people, you can gradually increase the length of their visits.
Have your dog stay in another room when guests come over. This will help your dog be calm and quiet when guests are present.
Ignore your dog when they bark at guests. If you pay attention to your dog when they bark, and they are just looking for attention they will learn that barking gets them what they want. Instead, calmly turn your back and ignore your dog until they stop barking.
Jumping on People
Another common dog issue is jumping on people. This can be a dangerous and destructive behavior. If your dog jumps on people, it's important to teach them that jumping is not acceptable behavior.
Turn your head and ignore your dog when they jump. If you pay attention to your dog when they jump, they will get your attention and learn that jumping gets them your attention. Instead, calmly turn your head. cross your arms and ignore your dog until they stop jumping.
Teach your dog to sit and stay when people come over. This will help your dog learn that they need to be calm and polite when people are present.
If your dog jumps on you, gently push them down and say "off." Do not yell or hit your dog.
Chewing on Furniture
Chewing is a natural behavior for dogs, but it can be destructive if your dog is chewing on your furniture. There are a few things you can do to help your dog stop chewing on furniture.
Provide your dog with plenty of chew toys. Make sure the toys are made of durable materials that your dog can't easily destroy.
Redirect your dog's chewing to their toys. If you see your dog start to chew on furniture, redirect their attention to one of their toys.
Prevent your dog from chewing on furniture. If you catch your dog chewing on furniture, they may not have the skills needed to stop themselves. Placing them in a pen or crate when you can't watch them can give peace of mind about your furniture's well being.
If you're struggling to deal with your dog's behavioral issues, you may want to consider hiring a professional dog trainer. A good trainer can help you understand your dog's behavior and develop a training plan that will help them overcome their issues.
Mother's Day Sale
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We hope you and your mom have a wonderful Mother's Day!