Dogs are pretty awesome. But sometimes, our dogs can develop behavior issues that make life challenging. This section will help with that.
Read this first
How to Solve Practically Any Annoying Behavior Problem — The strategy for dealing with most of the irritating issues, from begging to pulling on leash to peeing on the carpet.
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Fear, aggression, and reactivity
Aggression and fear-based issues require a different approach than “annoying” problems like chewing or begging.
- Training a Behavior vs. Changing an Emotion: What All Dog Owners Need to Know
- The Right Way to Use Desensitization and Counter-Conditioning to Help a Fearful or Aggressive Dog
We’ve recently done a series of articles on how to handle aggression and reactivity safely, effectively, and compassionately – and without losing your mind:
- Why Does My Dog Bark and Lunge on Leash? (Intro to Reactivity)
- A Beginner’s Guide to Helping Your Reactive Dog Get Better
- Leave the Light On: A Real-Life Reactive Dog Adoption Story
- The Uncensored Story of How I Helped My Reactive Dog Get Better
General problem solving
Why You Can’t Get Your Dog to Listen to You – “I trained my dog, but he only listens in the kitchen when I have food.” Sound familiar?
What to do When Your Dog is Being a Pain in the Ass and You Feel Like Crap – For those days when you feel like trading your dog in for a goldfish.
Oh, Just Kill Me Now! Surviving Your Dog’s Teen Months – If your dog is between the ages of 6 – 18 months, he’s a teenager. Adolescence is a time when many behavior problems start for humans, and the same is true of dogs.
From Leash Puller to Urban Musher: When Dog “Behavior Problems” Are Opportunities in Disguise – The story of how my dog made me feel like an idiot, by showing me a better way of looking at behavior problems.
Mischief Managed – Half of solving problems is preventing them from happening.
How You Might Accidentally Be Training Your Dog to Misbehave – You know the worst part about behavior problems? In many cases, we, the dogs owners, cause them ourselves.
51 Ways to Have a Better-Behaved Dog By Next Week – A cheat-sheet for when your dog is driving you nuts.
Solutions for specific behavior problems
Got a hyper, out-of-control dog? There’s a whole other section on that.
Food Aggression/Resource Guarding
How to prevent it: Play With Your (Dog) Food: the Easy Way to Prevent Food Aggression
How to fix it: The Real Solution to Resource Guarding and Food Aggression
Poor Leash Manners
Leash Training a Leash-Hating Dog – What do you do when your dog hates his leash so much you can’t even walk him? This article explains.