Correcting Bad Behavior in Dogs – Train your Pekingese Right from the Start

 


Correcting bad behavior in dogs seems like an easy task, or is it? You saw this cute little pekingese pup and you’ve decided to buy or adopt him. You have a great vision for the both of you and you love him, sure. However, after a while he suddenly becomes a menace and is now beginning to create chaos into your once peaceful home. Any dog needs to be taught what he can and cannot do at home. And before trying to correct any bad behavior, it is ideal if you have already successfully trained him the basics such as come, stay, down and sit.

But, how does it happen? Dogs go bad simply because of the mis-communication between the dog and his pet parent. Bad dog attitudes can always be addressed with patience, time, proper management and retraining.

Setting up ground rules are important all throughout their lives and to be successful, you must be consistent about it. It is a must that all members of the household should do the same training and use the type of disciplining on the dog. Any breed of dog, if not properly corrected and trained will do anything he pleases at any age.

Another thing, always be on a calm state when you are trying to correct or teach your dog something. Never in any way yell, scream or hit the dog if you don’t want him to be scared of you. Fear is bad in any owner-dog relationship, it is and will not be healthy.

Correcting Bad Behavior in Dogs

Correcting Bad Behavior in Dogs

Some Guidelines on How to Stop Unwanted Behavior

  • The works. In general, dogs do what works out for them. Any behavior, bad or good, he is doing it because he knows that he will be getting something that he wants out of it. For example, he jumps at you the moment you enter your door. If you like this, then fine, don’t correct it. Otherwise, remove the giving of attention so that he would eventually stop jumping up to you and would try to find another way in order to get your attention. When he does it, make sure you praise and pet him.
  • Know the cause. Determine the reason behind why he is doing all those unwanted behavior. Is he trying to get your attention? Is he trying to play a game with you? What is he getting from you if he does it? Ponder on it carefully and remove what he wants out of that unwanted behavior.
  • Look at yourself in the mirror. Do you cajole him to stop when he does something bad or yell at him? Maybe this is what he wants from you. Angry attention is still attention and that is important since he wants to be recognized as part of the pack. If you only notice him when he does something bad, then you are the one responsible for training him to become a bad pooch.
  • Remove physical stimulants. If you notice that his bad attitude would be triggered by a certain toys, plants or other objects, then remove it. It is more wise to give him a chew toy that he likes so that he would end up chewing and playing with it for hours.
  • Reward. For every good behavior he does, do not overlook nor forget to reward it. He would then repeat doing the good behavior because of the reward and would eventually leave that bad habit of his behind.
  • Change yourself too. Do your best to stop cajoling or yelling to his bad behavior as he may thing that you are simply joining in the fun with him. Resist the urge. Silence and ignoring him is better than all the ruckus of yelling – and clean his mess afterwards when you have sent him to another room.

If your dog is running and hiding from you then your relationship with him is already damaged. Correcting bad behavior in dogs is only effective if your relationship with your dog is still healthy. Otherwise, you still have a long way to go in order to mend your broken relationship and gain his trust again.

Do you have any issues with your pet? How did you change him? What are the things that you did in order to improve his attitude? Tell us more on how you did it and if you asked for professional help in order to attain the desired behavior that you wanted in the first place. Think this post is somehow helpful to you? Don’t forget to like our page!

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How to Handle Dog Attack – Keeping You and your Pekingese Safe

Question: As a dog owner, do you know how to handle dog attack? It may have happened to you before: you were simply passing by with your dog or cycling alone through a neighborhood when suddenly out of the blue a dog suddenly crosses your path. The dog would show aggressive behavior and even charges at you and your dog. So much for being man’s best friend. Even small dogs like your very own pekingese is capable of giving you a painful bite when he is feel threathened and all worked up. According to the US statistics, nearly 5M people are attacked by canines yearly, and 1000 individuals go to the emergency room on a daily basis due to a dog attack. Most of the victims are children and most have been bitten on the face.

There are various of reasons on why a dog would act aggressively however there are only two categories of biting dogs. Your chances of being bitten would be greatly reduced if you are able to tell what kind of behavior he is exhibiting and act accordingly. Know that canines don’t smell fear, however they can read body languages easily.

  • Fear Biter – Ninety percent of the biters belong to this category. These are the dogs that feel threatened and all worked up. 
  • Brave Biter – Ten percent of the biters are in this group. These are the dogs who want to establish dominance over anyone.

How to Handle Dog Attack – Keeping You and your Pekingese Safe

 

How to Handle Dog Attack

When approached by a stray dog, no matter the size, stop walking completely. Stand completely still and get a sighting on the dog without making eye contact. With your head pointed down toward the ground (this is a non-aggressive motion), watch the dog from the corner of your eye. Do not make eye contact or stare at the dog. Say nothing at first, most dogs will go away if you stop moving and do nothing. You become boring to them, so they move on. Continue to watch the dog until it is completely out of sight, and remain aware that it may still be watching you from a distance. Walk away slowly, or back away slowly if the dog is still near you. Do not turn your back, even on a retreating dog.

If the dog continues to advance on you, stay where you are and say the word “no” loud and firmly. Don’t scream or yell at the dog. Nearly every dog knows what “no” means and will usually back off when told firmly. Don’t raise a hand when you say it, remain perfectly still and standing up straight. Again, keep the dog in your sights in the same way as above, with your head down and not staring. Slowly back out of the situation while repeating the word “no” to the dog. Do not turn your back on the dog.

Source: Yahoo, http://voices.yahoo.com/dog-attacks-confronted-aggressive-8440355.html by Meucci Cameron

Fear Biter Characteristics

  • Bare teeth a lot.
  • Crouching position most of the time.
  • He would circle or try top get to one side of you.
  • He would act angrily.
  • Try to lunge in and out, trying to take a bite you while on the run.

What to Do:

  • Halt completely.
  • Face him with your face and body.
  • If he tries to circle you, pivot your feet and keep on facing him. If tries to bite you, tell him ‘NO’ in a stern manner.
  • If you have something with you, keep it between the dog and you.
  • If owner shows up, do not take your eyes off the canine.
  • If dog is persistent, walk backwads slowly until you are out of his territory. It is utmost important that you do not tun your back on the dog or yell and run.

Brave Biter Characteristics

  • They seldom act angrily.
  • Their tails and ears are held high at all times.
  • They prance in a proud manner as they walk towards you.
  • They do not circle you.
  • They may wag their tail while held high and put a paw on you.

What to Do:

  • Relax and stop jogging or walking.
  • Turn your body slightly so that you are not completely facing him.
  • Fold your arms and keep them high on your chest.
  • If he stands up on you, do not hold him down, just stand still!
  • If he would walk away, you should do it also in a careful and slow manner. Remember to keep your eye on the dog.

Know that dogs only bite when they feel stressed out, threatened or if they think that one of his family members is in danger. If a dog would chase you, do not run because running is a submissive behavior and he would be challenged and pursue the attack. Every person should know how to handle dog attack because your reaction would determine if you can walk away unharmed or injured or worse.

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Territorial Behavior in Dogs – How to Handle a Territorial Pekingese

Territorial behavior in dogs occur for a lot of reasons, but as always, there is something that your could do in order to prevent your dog from misbehaving. While still a puppy, it is ideal that you would socialize him a lot. And being an assertive owner, you can also stop his aggression behavior even if he is already an adult. Time, safety precautions and patience are the three most important things when it comes to dealing with a dog that is territorial.

Territorial Behavior Signs:

  • Barking and charging at the fence if other people or dogs pass by.
  • Urinating things during walks or the ones in the yard.
  • Low, guttural growl given to the person or animal approaching/entering your property.
  • Aggression towards other dogs or person when entering your property.
  • Growling or barking at dogs or people when you take him for a drive.
  • Stiff body language, hard eye contact with the people who you allow to enter your house or yard.

Territorial Behavior in Dogs – How to Handle a Territorial Pekingese

Territorial Behavior in Dogs

Territorial behavior in dogs can lead to aggression, not only to the Dog’s family but also to children and members of the public. This behavior can be an attempt by the Dog to establish its Pack Leadership over its Human Pack. This behavior is more likely to be exhibited in an entire male Dog than a female Dog although it sometimes does occur.

This behavior must be thwarted by one carer exhibiting Pack Leadership over the Dog’s inappropriate aggressive and intimidating behavior, in a firm, educated and respectful manner.

Source: Wolf Web, http://www.wolfweb.com.au/acd/territorial.html by Janet Crease

Misconceptions

Reprimanding violently like shouting or hitting him won’t help remedy the situation. If you instill fear in him, it would worsen the situation since he would eng up being more aggressive. Another misconception is that people tend to generalize that all terriitorial dogs are bad. That is not so. Most of the time there is a reason on why a certain dog would turn out that way, however dogs are innately good, peace-loving creatures not unless someone trained them to be bad.

Considerations

If you go to your vet, he would advice you to give medications to your dog. Think about this 100 times and try to look for an alternative first. Drugs that are mood enhancers will affect his liver thus posing a health hazard in the near future for your pet. I suggest you try using flower essences like lavender and chamomile since it has calming effects as well as safe and non-toxic for your dog.

Solution/Prevention

If you want to end your dog’s territorial behavior, then step up and show him that you are the pack leader and not him. Like what Cesar Milan (Dog Whisperer) would advised  Be always calm and assertive in dealing with territorial dogs. Temporarily put a harness and muzzle on him until changes are observable. Get a modern muzzle that are designed more comfortably. Take him on a walk and be sure that you are the one ahead of him. If he is aggressive towards your visitors, then put him behind the gate until he calms down and let him sniff your visitors through his muzzle. One way to prevent this nasty behavior is to socialize your dog a lot when he is still a puppy.

Territorial behavior in dogs is considered as a normal behavior by the experts since they are known to be protecting everything that they believe to be theirs. Dogs are bred to protect and sadly sometimes it is the issue of training and learned behavior. If you are a responsible pet parent, then right from the start you know what to do so that later on your dog won’t be posing any behavioral issues. A dog doesn’t only need food, shelter and toys; they greatly need your affection, time, love and proper training.

Is your pekingese territorial? I know some who are territorial but not that aggressive.  Tell us your story so that we can also learn from your experience.

 

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Submissive Peeing in Dogs: Stop this Nasty Pekingese Habit

Submissive Peeing in Dogs: Stop this Nasty Pekingese Habit

If your beloved pet pees when he gets excited then you are not alone. Submissive peeing in dogs occur when your pet takes on a submissive pose and urinates when you approach him or when you greet him. Though this can be witnessed in dogs of any age, this is most common in young female pooches. Most dogs would outgrow this habit perhaps because they would become less excitable during encounters or even develop greater urinary control as they become adults.

Take on an assertive or bold approach by standing over your dog, patting him or reprimanding him verbally would make the issue worse. This could elicit as a response of fear, particularly if the dog has been punished in similar situations in the past.

Submissive Peeing in Dogs

Submissive dogs pee when they are greeted, when someone approaches, when they are punished, and when there is a history of rough treatment or punishment after peeing; this is common in rescued dogs. This is also a common reaction with shy, anxious, and timid dogs. To fix this problem, avoid scolding or yelling at your dog after it has peed. Instead, try building its confidence by teaching it simple commands (sit, stay, come), and reward your dog after each success. The same applies with teaching simple tricks (roll over, fetch); go with the reward and praise route.

You will also want to approach your dog in non-dominant postures. Avoid direct eye contact, approach from the side, and crouch down to your dog’s level. When patting your pooch, go for under the chin rather than the top of the head. Keep all greetings low key, and when the dog does pee, simply clean it up without fuss and go away. Do not forget to reward and praise your pup when it pees in the appropriate place.

Source: About, http://dogs.about.com/od/dogtraining/qt/submissiveurination_petmd.htm

Preventing Excitement Urination

  • Ignore him. Ignore him completely until he has calmed down. If every time you arrive home he would pee due to excitement, then ignore him each time you enter the house. Do not look, speak nor pet him until he has completely calmed down. This may take around 20 minutes or more.
  • Acknowledge when calm. After he has calmed down and he would not mind you any more, speak gently to him or silently pat him in the head or give him a hug. If you plan to bring visitors at home, tell them to do the same. By ignoring him would make him feel that he is rejected and that he would realize he must change his way of greeting you if he wants to be acknowledged sooner.
  • Be consistent. This is crucial as a pet parent. This may take from weeks to months. Eventually, your pet would think of your arrival or any other person’s arrival as a boring event and wouldn’t get too excited about it anymore. After all, he would still be petted even if he is calm.
  • Clean the mess. When he accidentally pees, quickly and silently clean up his mes because your dog is actually not aware that he is already peeing due to his excitement. That is why punishment is not encouraged here since it would only confuse him.

Submissive peeing in dogs is their sign of being submissive towards you so do not take it against them. If you think that your problem will be solved if you take him out to relieve himself, you are wrong. Dogs have a well-supplied reserve of urine in their systems for territorial marking purposes. Take the time to properly correct his attitude so that he would be able to know why he has to change that nasty habit.

Have you experienced this situation? How did you handle it? Did your pet outgrow his bad habit? Please don’t hesitate to share your stories with us below.

 

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How to Calm Dog Anxiety – Ways to De-Stress your Pekingese

How to Calm Dog Anxiety – Ways to De-Stress your Pekingese

So, how to calm dog anxiety? Actually depends on the situation. Take a look at it from your pooch’s point of view. To him, you are his everything, his world. As you already know, dog are social creatures who thrive the company from others for various reasons. And if given the choice, your dog would love to spend his entire life with you. Thus, it is just natural that he would become stressed and anxious every time you go out. He would feel sad and confused, he doesn’t know where you are and when you are coming home. Your pet would only want one thing: To be reunited with you – his pack. Also know that punishment is never a solution for your anxious dog.

Why do your dog experience anxiety? There are many reasons for that such as:

  • Change of routine like sudden change of your work hours or if a member of your family is leaving. Dogs are creatures of habit, so any alterations prove to be confusing and unsettling for them.
  • If you go on a vacation or unemployed for some time and you get to spend lots of valuable time with him. And when the time comes that you have to work, he could become stressed and anxious about it.
  • If he had a traumatic experience while being left alone at him, this would lead to separation anxiety.
  • If you decide to change neighborhood, this could also affect them.

How to Calm Dog Anxiety

In some instances, anxiety can be a very serious issue for your dog and for you. Pets with separation anxiety can do serious harm to themselves and serious damage to your property in the wrong set of circumstances. For these pets, help from competent professionals—a veterinarian, animal behaviorist and/or skilled trainer—is absolutely necessary. However, there are other dogs that have only mild anxiety and who just need their guardians to understand their feelings and how to react effectively when they are stressed. There are several steps you can take to calm your dog’s anxiety.

Source: eHow, http://www.ehow.com/how_5649119_calm-dog-anxiety.html by Bethney Foster

Treating Dog Anxiety Naturally

  • Lemon Balm – this is a type of sedative herb that is very effective in treating dog anxiety and excitability.
  • Oats – This is a wonderful nerve-calming herb which is nutritious as well. You can add cooked oatmeal to your dog’s food.
  • Chamomile – This herb is known to reduce anxiety in both dogs and human. It would calm the nerve and induces sleep as well. Try giving him tea before you engage in a long drive or soak his treat in a tea.
  • Echinacea – This herb is known for its immune-strengthening qualities thus can be used continually in order to boost his immune system which is under stress.
  • Skullcap – This is also capable in helping epileptic dogs, this is very effective against nervous tension.
  • Valerian – This would minimize a dog’s over-excitability, tension and anxiety.

Dogs can suffer from various forms of anxiety and nervousness thus knowing how to calm dog anxiety is helpful to every pet parent out there. Take note that dogs become nervous when other dogs or strangers are around, when it is too noisy (fireworks, thunder, other loud unusual noises), etc… Be knowledgeable so that you will also know how to handle your dog’s anxiety levels.

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