URINATING AND MESSING INDOORS (PUPPIES & ADULT DOGS)
Curing urinating and soiling indoors, on pathways, on bedding, on driveway, patios, and anywhere they shouldn't. It is built into every dog's genes to do their business away from where they live and sleep, and away from food and water. So when a dog is messing indoors, he is like a bed-wetting child - he is saying "help, I'm confused!" Adult domestic dogs that are house trained use their excreta as a way of attempting to draw attention to something that is confusing or stressing them.
JUMPING UP ON PEOPLE - VISITORS, FAMILY....
Jumping up on People - visitors, family....Dogs jump on people when their adrenalin levels are up. The more we try to discipline them, thump them in their chest, tell them "No!" etc., the more adrenalin surges we cause in our dog's central nervous system. If they do stop jumping on us, it is because they are now scared we ar going to shout at them or punish them again. So they just go and jump on someone weaker, or on us again when our back is turned. Because dogs learn by example, our dog has not learnt not to jump, he has learnt to abuse.
NOT LISTENING / DISOBEDIENCE
Commanding dogs has become as much a part of our Western civilization as disobedient dogs. Because dogs in the wild do not command each other, domestic dogs (who still retain their original pack instincts) are therefore not designed to receive commands. Which explains why dogs disobey. Quite simply, they do not understand us, and commanding a dog works from the false premise that our dog understands us and is being very bad by deliberately disobeying us - and must therefore be subordinated.
AGGRESSION AND BITING
Aggression and Biting Dogs bite for a number of reasons - jealousy, fear, predation, lack of trust, hunger, over toys, domination, arrogance, brattishness, short fuse, for example. Natural Dog Training identifies the root cause of the dog's aggression, and removes his very desire to bite - making him completely trustworthy. A dog that obeys commands not to attack, cannot be trusted when the authority figure is absent, because commands do not remove the urge to bite or attack. Every family needs to have access to information on how to own a dog that is trustworthy with their family, guests and passers-by on the street - yet still protects them efficiently.
Dog fights are one of the biggest sources of distress to dog owners. Sometimes the dogfights get so bad that the dogs have to be kept apart, and their families love them both too much to part with either of them. The atmosphere that builds up in the home becomes like a war zone, as everyone gets very tense when doors have to be kept closed to stop the dogs getting at each other – and from time to time, the inevitable happens, and one dog slips through, or a door is not properly closed… Then it’s not only the dogs that are at each other’s throats…
RUNNING OFF WITH THINGS
Whether the thieving is done in front of you, almost as a challenge to your authority, or whether items are sneaked away while your back is turned, and only discovered later, it is completely curable.
RUNNING OUT OF THE GATE
If your dog bolts at every opportunity, you'll know what nuisance and worry is caused.
One solution to stop a dog running away is to cage your pet in, adopt elaborate precautions to keep the dog from the outside world, and put them into effect every time the doorbell rings, your gate is opened, guests arrive, or someone in your family goes out, or comes home. Another is to instill him with fear of punishment, and make him obey when you command him to stay. Unfortunately, in the long run, this frequently causes greater problems than it solves, as the forbidden is always exciting.
Hyperactiveness is not part of a dog's character, or because of his breed. Dogs are hyperactive when their adrenalin levels are running too high. The more we try to use a quick fix by disciplining them, trying to “get rid of their energy”, telling them "No!", commanding them to go outside, the higher their adrenalin levels become, and the less control we ultimately hae over our dogs.
BARKING AT NOTHING. (OR SHALL WE SAY - "BARKING AT EVERYTHING"?)
Excessive barking is one noise nuisance you and your neighbours do not need to suffer.
Dogs bark for various reasons - to warn off intruders from their turf, to try and communicate a need to their owner, to have a wobbly when they are not getting their own way, because their adrenalin is running too high or because they are suffering separation anxiety, for example.
Only when you understand what the actual reason for your dog's barking is, can you cure it, and Natural Dog Training teaches dog owners to shift their perspective and see things the way dogs do. For example - when we command them to stop barking, they (not being human) are receiving signals that inform their instincts that we are barking with them. "After all", says one of the greatest British writers, Ian McEwan "Imagining what it is like to be someone other than yourself is at the core of our humanity. It is the essence of compassion". And what is dog owning without compassion?
DIGGING AND CHEWING
Dogs digging in the garden, chewing plants, carpets, furniture and possessions are becoming increasingly frequent. Dog owners are usually led to believe that this is just "puppy behaviour, the dog is teething and he will grow out of it". If this were true, owning dogs would be virtually impossible. We might as well keep piranha fish in our swimming pool.
There is no such thing as a naughty dog - only a confused dog! Dog owning is not war - it is a relationship. Our dogs are our friends - and members of our family - not our enemies, or our opponents.
Dogs are born good - we make them naughty by confusing them with human logic, instead of learning to understand their (exciting) basic, innate instincts, which they bring bag and baggage into our homes with us. Which actually makes a lot of sense. They are not bunny rabbits. And it is for this very reason that bunny rabbits do not have behaviour problems. We know how fascinating dogs are are - yet we hopelessly underestimate their intelligence and their ability to think, and to train us. Which leads to what we mere humans call "behaviour problems", disobedience... but in the reality, these problems are simply the result of the communication crevasse that exists between cano-sapiens, and homo-not-so-sapiens. In other words, between us and our Best Buddies.
You might think that some dogs "just chase cats", and there's nothing you can do to stop them.
If you treat only the symptom of cat chasing by trying to make your dog obey, or by trying to make him submit to you, or by applying "positive and negative reinforcement" - however successful the programme may appear to be - the desire to chase the cat still remains. So your dog will still continue to torment his feline sibling whenever he gets an opportunity and thinks he can get away with it.