04 Sep

Many of the initial enquiries I receive start with "How can I stop my puppy or dog doing ..........?  These are usually natural behaviours to dogs and the asker is often looking for a simple or quick answer to solve these behaviours.

With puppies the behaviours can include: 

  • Toileting in the house
  • Biting
  • Chewing
  • Barking
  • Jumping up
  • Crying when left

These are natural behaviours for puppies when they are developing but are generally deemed unacceptable long term in a human world. Fortunately, in puppies these behaviours can be modified in time so the puppy and the caregiver or guardians can live in harmony, They can usually be rectified with the help of an experienced dog trainer. 

With older dogs the behaviours can include: 

  • Aggressiveness to dogs or people
  • Guarding Items
  • Chasing
  • Separation Issues
  • Pulling on the lead
  • Poor recall

These behaviours are often more serious and ingrained due to repeated practice by the dog which has be reinforced in some way by the caregiver or environment over a period of time. These will often require a longer process of behaviour modification by a dog trainer or in severe cases a qualified behaviour practitioner.

Regardless of the age of your puppy or dog these questions cannot usually be answered in one email or telephone call as all the behaviours even the puppy ones may have different reasons to why they are occurring. 

Therefore, to get the help you may require the assistance of an experienced trainer or behaviourist. 

They would consider the dog’s age, breed, previous training, life history, personality, health and individual needs along with any environmental considerations such as where the behaviours occur, how often and if there are any specific triggers before being able to advise. 

Searching the internet to look for a quick or generic solution for your dog’s behaviour may not solve the issue or even make it worse as the cause will be individual to each dog so how it is addressed will vary from dog to dog. 

If you have an issue with a behaviour you would like help to be deal with it, consult with a veterinarian or a professional dog trainer or behaviourist who offers gentle, rewarding & pain free methods for guidance and support. 

If you would like to speak with someone now Click Here to contact Gill at Speaking Spaniel dog training & behaviour support programmes 



07595 217299

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