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It is a long established fact that dogs listen to both WHAT we say, and HOW we say it.

From early learning as a puppy, your dogs “reward sense” perks up when you praise him, and your words match your tone of voice.

Impatiently he waits for his favorite treat…


Dog behavior is the internally coordinated responses of individuals or groups of domestic dogs to internal and external stimuli. It has been shaped by millenia of contact with humans and their lifestyles. (Wikipedia)

Common unwanted or “bad” dog behaviors explained…



Aggression is the most common and most serious behavior problem in dogs. It is also the number-one reason why pet owners seek professional help from behaviorists, trainers and veterinarians.


Barking is one type of vocal communication that dogs use, and it can mean different things depending on the situation. Pet owners should never expect a dog to never bark.


Dogs like most food humans like so you can’t really blame your dog for begging at the table. To stop it, prevent access or teach her to do something else like lying on her mat and chewing a bone.


Any dog has the capacity to bite a person or another dog. To prevent this unwanted behavior, it is important to understand why dogs bite and what triggers this aggressive reaction.


This behavior usually begins as a puppy relieving the pain of new teeth. It must be controlled early or you may come home to find your favorite shoes, couch or cushions ripped to shreds.


Digging is written deep in a dogs DNA and so is an instinctual natural activity. Dogs will dig to hide food or to uncover food such as small rodents. Deal with it early or pay the price.


High-energy dogs like puppies often have trouble concentrating. Surplus energy makes it difficult to focus on your commands. Find ways to focus his energy – he will be much more trainable.


Jumping Up

Jumping up is a sign that your dog is trying to assert his dominance over you. If you pat and encourage him with affection you are reinforcing this bad behavior that can be harmful to visitors.

Pulling on Leash

Dogs need to be taught to walk properly on a leash for their exercise needs. It is critical that you never allow him to pull. If you’re inconsistent, your dog will learn pulling pays off sometimes.

happy dogs playing!

bad behavior? never!

Like small children, dogs learn many valuable lessons in play. Besides the benefits of socialisation, they learn their limits like bite-level control.

What is good dog behavior?

Dogs are social animals and absolutely thrive on social interaction. They respond to communication and feedback regarding the appropriateness of their behaviors. Even very badly behaved dogs are actually good most of the time.

For example, observe your dog for half an hour. Every two minutes or so ask the simple question, “Is he being good or bad?” You will find that he is being good well over 90% of the time.

If he sits when asked to “sit”, if he drops when you say “drop” and stops barking when you walk into the yard, then that is good dog behavior.


Here you will find the secret to recovering your sanity and your home from a naughty dog or puppy. The secret is language – your language and HIS language.

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