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How to Correct Bad Behavior in Dogs

Susan resides in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, one of three sons and their Newfoundland dog.

Why Dogs Need Basic Obedience Training to Succeed

Why Dogs Need Basic Obedience Training to Succeed

Dogs Need to Learn Basic Commands

You've brought home this cute, adorable puppy and all of a sudden he or she has turned into a little menace, creating turmoil in your home. Your puppy needs to be taught what he can or cannot do. Before you correct the bad behavior, it will help immensely if you've trained your dog the basic commands of sit, stay, come, and down.

Why Dogs Need Rules

Setting up ground rules and being consistent are very important throughout a dog's life. All family members should use the same system for training and disciplining the dog. A dog at any age, if not trained, will do as he or she pleases.

Always stay calm when teaching or correcting a dog's behavior. Do not yell, scream, or hit the dog, as you do not want them fearing you.

Common Dog Behavior Problems

  1. Biting, Nipping and Mouthing
  2. Chewing
  3. Jumping Up on People
  4. Rough Play
  5. Begging
  6. Barking
  7. Digging
Bruce, my Newfoundland, dog when he was a puppy.

Bruce, my Newfoundland, dog when he was a puppy.

The Importance of Basic Obedience Training

Basic obedience training is highly recommended to correct any bad behavior. Every dog should either be trained to obey verbal commands, hand commands or clicker commands. This should be done when your dog is 3 to 4 months of age. In basic training they will learn sit, down, stay, heel, stand, and come.

At 10 and 12 weeks of age a puppy can be taught how to sit. Some obedience trainers offer classes for puppies as young as 10 weeks old. These are usually classes to socialize the puppy with other dogs.

If you cannot afford to take your dog to obedience training, there are books that you can purchase, videos online to teach you how to train your dog, as well as many online sites that are quite helpful.

This pup has learned the sit command

This pup has learned the sit command

How to Correct Common Behavioral Problems

It is natural for a puppy to use his mouth when playing. He did this with his litter mates playing, and it was also a way to tell them that he wanted to stop playing, and to back off.

1. Stop Your Dog From Biting and Mouthing

Puppies have very sharp teeth. When playing with your puppy you'll want to discourage biting and mouthing. The way to do this is when you're playing, and he nips you, give a little cry and say "ouch." This should startle him so that he stops. Praise him once he stops, and hand him a toy that he can bite or nip. Should he have his teeth in you, which does happen, don't pull away. Let out a very loud cry so that he stops and looks at you. As soon as he releases, praise him, changing your tone of voice, so that he knows you are happy with him for letting go.

My Personal Experience With a Teething Puppy

When my female dog was a puppy, I had a problem with her biting and attacking me in the evenings. After dinner I would go and sit on the couch and she would jump at me, bite my arms, thinking she was playing with me. I tried calmly to get her to stop, but it was not working. Finally I'd had enough of this behavior and gave her a time out from everyone in the household. I put her out in the back porch of the house for two hours. This corrected the problem and she never attacked me again.

2. Correct Inappropriate Dog Chewing

Dogs love to chew. Puppies chew when they're teething. Before your puppy chews your favorite leather shoes, the baseboard, a table leg or numerous other items that puppies love to chew on, invest in safe chew toys and items that are his and he knows he's allowed to chew on.

Here is a situation for example: You walk into the room and see your dog chewing on one of your favorite shoes. Walk over to him and sternly say "NO" removing the shoe from him. Find one of his chew toys and give it to him letting him know that he can chew on his toy rather than your shoes. This may take you several attempts but the dog will catch on.

I find that the best way to discourage chewing is to not leave anything out that the dog can get into.

There are products that you can purchase from pet stores that you spray onto items and places your dog likes to chew that will deter them away from the smell and taste of the product.

3. Stop Your Dog From Jumping Up

Dogs get excited and will jump up on you when you come home, visitors come over, or when paid attention to while you're walking them or at a park. There are several ways in which to discourage jumping and this should be done when they are puppies as these puppies are going to grow.

The best way to correct jumping up in my opinion is to use the "OFF" command. To train a dog this, I suggest having a family member or someone else you know come to your door. Have your dog collared and leashed. When there is a knock at the door, walk your dog over to the door making sure that the leash is short enough so that the dog cannot jump. When he does try to jump use the "OFF" command and then the "SIT" command. Once he is seated and no longer trying to jump, praise him and give him a treat.

Another way is, when walking into your house ignore the dog, making no eye contact until the dog settles down, and then praise him. I've never tried this method myself but have heard that it will work with some dogs.

This Technique Is Good for Larger Dogs

4. Stop a Dog From Engaging in Rough Play

Playing rough with your dog can get out of control and become potentially dangerous. You should never encourage the dog to attack your hand, arm or leg, even though you may think that this is cute when the dog is a puppy, he may end up hurting a small child.

When playing with toys such as a tug of war rope, the dog should be taught to stop when told the "Drop it" command. To teach the dog this it is quite easy. While playing the game, simply say, drop it, and stop pulling. If this doesn't work the first time, repeat the "Drop it" command. If the dog still will not let go, get up and leave. Later retrieve the toy and put it away. Let the dog know that you're in control of play time, not him. Continuing to do this will teach the dog to obey the "Drop it" command.

5. How to Stop a Dog From Begging

Every time you go to sit down for a meal or have a snack, your dog is right there in your face or sitting beside you at the table, begging for food. More than likely he does this because you've given him part of what you're eating in the past, and he figures it is okay to beg.

  • Feed your dog at the same time that you are going to be sitting down to eat.
  • Remove him from the room that you're eating in by either crating him, putting him outside or in another room.
  • When he begs for food give him a firm command telling him no, and give the sit, down, and stay command.

Correcting a dog from begging once he's used to begging may take some time and a lot of persistence on your part. Stand your ground and never give in no matter how much he whines or looks at you with those big sad eyes.

6. How to Correct Excessive Dog Barking

First teach your dog the "Speak" command. Get him excited with a treat telling him to "Speak". When he barks, reward him with a treat. Once he has the speak command down pat you're going to teach him the "Quiet" command. Get him to speak, and then right before giving him the treat say "Quiet". Each time you do this, increase the amount of time before giving him the treat so that he will start associating the command "Quiet" with the treat.

Other methods are available to train your dog not to bark. The anti-barking collar can be purchased at a pet store. This is a radio collar that sends a small shock to the dog when he barks. If he continues to bark an increased shock is sent to his neck. Herbal spray collars, are also available, that sprays a citrus fog into the dogs face when he barks and interrupts him from barking.

The Safe No-Bark Collar

7. Ways to Stop Dogs From Digging

Digging is a natural instinct in dogs. Many dig a spot when it is hot out to stay cool. There are various ways to get your dog to stop digging.

  • Exercise him daily and vigorously, so that he is too tired to dig.
  • Confine him to a kennel in the yard or a fenced off area where you can spy on him. When he starts to dig, reprimand him.
  • Chicken wire can be placed in the hole or holes, and covered with soil. When your dog starts to dig in this area, he will not like the feel of the chicken wire, and should stop digging.
  • Fill the holes with some of his feces, and cover with soil. Many dogs do not like the smell of their own feces, causing them to stop digging.
  • If he is digging to bury bones, stop allowing him to have bones outside.
  • If you have the room in your yard, you may want to designate an area to allow him to dig in.

Talk to a Professional

Should you have problems correcting bad behavior there are trained professionals that will help you with your dog. Talk to your veterinarian to rule out any health reasons that may be causing bad behavior. Your veterinarian is a good source to get advice or a recommendation for a trainer.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 02, 2018:

cheezets, Me too!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 07, 2017:

Oh my goodness Nancy! My husband had a newf when he was growing up and the dog was locked in the laundry room. Newfs are problem solvers and she simply chewed a hole in the door big enough to get out.

Nancy Hinchliff from Essex Junction, Vermont on September 07, 2017:

Susan,

In ref to: "...not sure that I've ever seen a dog chew on a log..."

Years ago, my boyfriend had a Huskie. They locked him in the bathroom one time and he chewed right through the floor, down through the ceiling of the room below. Amazing! When they found him, he was hanging half-way through the gaping hole.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 07, 2017:

Thanks so much Thelma.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on September 06, 2017:

Very good advice. My dog Angus is living in my Philippines home now and he has adopted the bad behavior of a Filipino dog who keeps on barking when somebody passes by. When our neighbors' dog barks, all the dogs in the neighborhood are barking and so is my Angus now. Thanks for the heads up.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 30, 2017:

alekhouse, I can see why you'd hesitate to have a big dog now. My Maggie Magz is now 11 years old and is so mellow while on her leash. Perhaps an older dog might be an option for you.

Nancy Hinchliff from Essex Junction, Vermont on August 29, 2017:

I love dogs, but don't have one now; I would, but big dogs are my favorite and since I have severe balance problems, I'm afraid I'd be pulled down the sidewalk or get tangled in the leash. Your post is right on....such an important thing to know before getting a dog.

Marie Chapman on August 21, 2017:

Hi i have a rescue dog, i have had her for 3 years now and apart from the usual timid problems she has always been well behaved. She sleeps downstairs at night but has started waking me at all hours scrating at the door, i started taking her out as thought she wanting to wee etc but have now come to the conclusion it is attention seeking! how can i stop her doing this, is not every night but more frequent lately! am gettin desperate now, please help

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 10, 2016:

Thanks Wednesday-Elf! They sure get excited when they see the people they love. I hope your brother and SIL can correct the Boston's jumping behavior :)

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on May 07, 2016:

Very good advice for correcting bad behavior in dogs. My brother & SIL are trying to get their Boston Terrier rescue dog from jumping on me when I come in. I'm her 'Auntie Pat' and she adores me, but gets so excited when she sees me she wants to jump up on me. :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 07, 2015:

Thank you How to for the share and votes.

L M Reid from Ireland on February 07, 2015:

Training a dog is so much easier when firmness and kindness ids used in equal measure. They respond to love as much as treats because they want to please you.

Some really useful ways to train dogs here especially the larger ones

Shared and voted up

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 17, 2014:

It sure does Mary and yes the bark collars do work really well.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on November 17, 2014:

It takes a lot of love and patience to raise a dog from puppyhood to adulthood and to train them to be enjoyable companions. I have a 7 yr. ols Min. Schnauzer who is trained very well, but it wasn't easy!

When a dog jumps up on people, I have found it you just gently step on a toe, he will stop that pretty quick! Those bark collars work well, too.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 17, 2014:

Smine, Glad you found this hub useful then, and thank you.

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on November 17, 2014:

Thanks for sharing these tips. I will be using some of the things I learned on my own dog.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 16, 2014:

Thanks Audrey!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 16, 2014:

Suzie I remember when Maggie would do that too. I put her outside as well.

Audrey Howitt from California on November 16, 2014:

Great article Susan!!

suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on November 16, 2014:

I really needed this Hub today especially the no biting section. Sweetie thinks she's playing but it hurts. She's outside now for her time out.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 04, 2014:

Ruthi, Glad you found my hub useful and I wish you all the best with your newest foster dog. I'm sure he'll do well.

Ruth Cox on November 03, 2014:

As I am about to bring a 2 year old foster dog into my home that is not well trained, I figured I'd better re-train my brain for dog training, ha! Great tips here, thank you.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 03, 2014:

Annie, It is so worthwhile in the end. Thanks so much for all of your comments. Always so nice to see you.

RaintreeAnnie from UK on October 31, 2014:

Yes puppies are so cute and adorable but it really is important to do consistent, kind and positive training with them from day one. It can take a lot of time and effort and patience to train a pup and very rewarding and worthwhile.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 14, 2014:

Maggie was a terrible biter. I thought I was going to end up with scars on my arms till I figured out how to stop her :) Good luck Cardisa!

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on June 10, 2014:

Thanks again Susan. I read it before but this refreshes my memory on the issue. I'll have to train these puppies not to bite me....lol. I'll get them a toy today and follow your instructions.

Peter jaramillo on June 10, 2014:

I have a Boston Terrier 2 years old named Tobby, this dog gave me many problems. It ate my shoes, urinated in the room, the furniture stank. A teach my dog to behave with some training videos I found online. Pay 1 dollar for a trial period of 3 days. And 37 monthly payment, but worth every penny. My dog ​​is very well behaved, and does not make those deviltries and I have taught him many tricks. This is the location where I found the training: www.theonlinedogtrainers.com

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 05, 2014:

Vikki, I had that same problem with my female. What we ended up doing was removing her from everyone in the family and giving her a time out for three or four hours. After doing this a few times she finally caught on that if she bit us she'd be banished. Good luck!

vikkijov from Mystic, CT on March 30, 2014:

Hi - Dr.Mark told me to check out your hubs. I have a 16 week Great Pyreneese who is so bitey at times. He is good for ten minutes and then gets really hyper and starts biting us and won't stop, not even with a command. I don't know what to do as his teeth are growing and so is he! He knows sit, stay and he's pretty much housetrained. So I have him playing with toys in kitchen and then he gets excited with my son or husband when they enter the room and starts to bite them! I put him back in the crate at this point because he just has to almost be tackled down to the floor before he will stop biting. What suggestions can you give me?

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 05, 2013:

Thanks so much Dianna!

Dianna Mendez on December 04, 2013:

If only I had this information a few years back. My dog used to dig holes in the yard and we had to work with him for a long time to get him to stop. I love the photo of your puppy sitting. So cute. Great information for dog owners.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 28, 2013:

Thanks Alannah!

alannahbale from Rugby, Warwickshire on May 27, 2013:

Very interesting! :-)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 07, 2013:

Pink, Thanks!

Sarah Carlsley from Minnesota on March 07, 2013:

Great information, thanks!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 16, 2012:

Teresa, Good luck with the large pup and let me know how it's going. Have a great weekend!

Teresa Coppens from Ontario, Canada on November 15, 2012:

We have a rather large puppy who is still a chewer. I will be re reading your hub when we continue to work on his less adorable behaviours!!!! Thanks Susan.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 07, 2012:

Hi Kelly, This has always worked for me: Take the dog out every hour on the hour whether he has to go or not, and walk around with him until he goes. About 20 minutes after he's had a meal take him outside and once again walk around with him until he poops. How old is the puppy?

kelleyward on November 07, 2012:

Thanks Susan! How do you get a puppy from using the bathroom inside? I let him out every two hours and he will use the bathroom inside . Sometimes he pees outside but he waits until he is inside to poop. Thanks! Kelley

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 07, 2012:

Lipnancy, That is great and thanks for your comments.

Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on November 06, 2012:

My sister and I trained my nieces dog to stop jumping on people just by making her sit down at the door. She was not able to get up until they acknowledged her or pet her. She wanted the attention more than the jumping.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 28, 2012:

vespawoolf, Thanks, I'm glad you found this helpful.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on September 27, 2012:

You've covered all the most irritating dog misbehaviors here. I used to spoil our dogs, but since we've started doggie sitting on occasion I had to become stricter. It's much better for the dogs and the humans! Thank you for these helpful and interesting tips.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 25, 2012:

Bev, They're wonderful at 7 weeks old :) Good luck and let me know how you make out.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 25, 2012:

Judi, Glad you came back. Those challenging times can be fun can't they :) So true you do have to keep up with it.

Bev G from Wales, UK on September 24, 2012:

What a great resource. Our trainee seeing-eye pup, Obie, is arriving in a couple of weeks. Life is going to be turned upside down by a 7 wk old baby-monster! Luckily we have a supervisor to help us through the difficult times.

Judi Brown from UK on September 24, 2012:

Had to come back to this one Susan - Emmy-Lou has entered one of her challenging, naughty phases and I needed a few reminders! It only lasts about 10 days, but you tend to forget that you don't just teach good behaviour once, you have to keep at it - for ever!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 19, 2012:

Peggy, It's always good when a dog will stop barking on command even if only for a few minutes. Thanks so much!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 18, 2012:

Good tips on training puppies and dogs in different areas of behavior. Our only problem with my mother's Pomeranian dog which we now have is that he is a barker which is apparently a trait of that particular breed. We haven't resorted to purchasing a bark collar yet. If we walk over to him and say STOP in a firm voice while pointing a finger at him, he usually listens to us for at least a few minutes. We just need to do it more often. The other way is to pick him up and distract him. Other than that, he is a sweetie. Up votes and sharing.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 13, 2012:

TeachableMoments, Good luck and I hope that these suggestions work for you and your dog.

TeachableMoments from California on September 11, 2012:

Thanks for this useful hub. My dog is...well, he's spirited. The entire family spoils him and now he loves to bark, chew, pee and dig wherever and whenever his little heart desires. I will try your suggestions. We shall see how it goes.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 11, 2012:

Heather, Thank you and good luck with your husky.

Heather from Arizona on September 10, 2012:

Great info. I have a husky with a will of her own and I will surely take the advice in this article. Voted up.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 09, 2012:

Sinea, Thanks. That's great that you're getting a friend for your dog. We did the same thing and I think they'd be lost without each other.

Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on September 08, 2012:

Great suggestions. My dog just started digging a lot this year. We had two dogs but when our son bought his own house, the other dog went with him. I think our dog is working out her frustrations of losing her friend.

We're solving the loneliness problem...getting a second dog! :)

Voted up and useful.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 07, 2012:

Eddy, Thanks, glad you liked it. Have a great day!

Eiddwen from Wales on September 06, 2012:

What a brilliant hub Susan and I hand it over to my family.

Enjoy your day and here's to so many more to share on here.

Eddy

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 29, 2012:

deepak, Thanks for reading and for your comment.

Govind Deepak Kumar from Telangana,INDIA on August 28, 2012:

thanks for sharing, its useful to all those who have their pets in their Home !

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 23, 2012:

daskittlez, Thanks for stopping and for commenting. Good luck with the drop it command, let me know how it goes.

daskittlez69 from midwest on August 23, 2012:

Thanks for the advice, I am going to try the "drop it" command tonight

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 19, 2012:

toknowinfo, I remember what it was like when I had my first Newfie and she was only 7 months old when we decided to get her a playmate. She'll be 6 years old this week. It was challenging and lots of fun when they were both pups :)

toknowinfo on August 19, 2012:

Well done and very helpful hub. I got a Golden Retriever puppy after I lost my 11 year old Golden in December. It had been a long time since I trained a puppy. My new dog was 4 1/2 months old so it was a little difficult to teach her quickly. After about 6 months, I felt she needed a playmate, because she had been with her puppy sister all those months before I adopted her. Now I have 2 puppies. My newest dog, is being trained by my older puppy, so the whole experience is making for interesting and funny times. It is working out well overall, but there are definitely challenges to training 2 dogs at once.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 27, 2012:

tillsontitan, Thank you, and I'm glad you found this useful.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 27, 2012:

Sharyn, It is natural for a dog to bark at strangers as he is doing his job protecting the family. One night around three in the morning both my dogs started barking and loudly. When my husband went to see what all the fuss was about, he discovered that there was a man standing on our side porch. In this case we were very happy that the dogs barked.

Mary Craig from New York on May 27, 2012:

Another great article. Dogs are so much a part of our lives and yet, so many people have 'problem' dogs. The best way to train any dog is when he/she is a puppy. You've outlined some great training tips. Voted up and useful.

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on May 26, 2012:

Aw, just look at that first photo, so adorable! Great article with really important tips Susan. I am having a problem with my Dad's dog Shadow, trying to get him to stop barking at every little thing. We tried spritzing him with a water bottle. That worked for about a half a day. The only thing that seems to calm him is if we put him on a leash in the house. There are certain things that he just goes nuts barking at. The biggest problems are the mailman and if kids are riding a bike in the street. I'm thinking bark collar, heard they work pretty well. Great hub SZ!

Sharyn

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 22, 2012:

screaming, Nice to meet you, and thank you.

screaming on May 21, 2012:

Great hub, very informative. Voted up.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 21, 2012:

Tammy, From what I've read about American Eskimos I would not have had any idea that they had behavioral problems. When I've bought dogs from breeders I always spend time with the mother and father (if he's onsite), of the puppy to get a feeling of their personalities and behaviors. Not that this is guaranteed, but does work in some instances.

Thanks for reading, it's always nice to see you.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 21, 2012:

fpherj, You should do a hub on your findings. I think that would be of great interest to many people. Hope that your cousin is doing better with her pooch :)

Tammy from North Carolina on May 21, 2012:

I wish I could have read this years ago. I think I was the only person on the planet who didn't realize that American Eskimos had such behavorial problems. I purchased one from a breeder. That dog was a handful with the biting, chewing, destruction, snapping, and constant running off. I was able to train her to do do tricks, but she would never behave. I tried to leash train her and every time she got on a leash she would yelp like someone was killing her. I had that dog for a long time and it was exhausting. If I ever get another pet I am going to do some serious breed research first. Great hub!

Suzie from Carson City on May 21, 2012:

Susan....This is exactly what everyone's concern is! My cousin was angry with her dog and vowed to get a handle on the behavior somehow. I haven't seen her in awhile, so I don't know what she is trying, but I am making a point of getting a hold of her.

In the pet store the other day, I also saw a shelf full of various homeopathic supplements for dogs, to treat things like anxiety and hyper-activity. I'm going to do some research on the uses and effectiveness of them. Thanks!!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 20, 2012:

htodd, Glad you liked it and thank you.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 20, 2012:

fpherj, Many people think that the bark collars are cruel. My son did when I brought them home to use on my dogs. The vets do recommend them sometimes and only as a last resort. I'd be more concerned about the dog biting though. What happens if it bites someone that is a stranger or a child? So many dogs get put down these days for biting people. Not to mention that it hurts like heck. Hope that this helps your cousin and her dog.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 20, 2012:

Kelly, Glad to have helped, let me know when you get the puppy, I'd love to see pictures :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 20, 2012:

Jeff, That's great that the collar worked for your basset. I have a female Newf and unfortunately she has hers on every time she goes out. My male on the other hand only wore his for a short time.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 20, 2012:

RH, So glad that the collars worked out for you. Try them for a few months and then try them without. Sometimes dogs with any luck will like Jeff says associate all collars with the bark collar.

htodd from United States on May 20, 2012:

Thanks a lot for this nice post ..We should need to correct the behavior of dogs ..Nice post

Suzie from Carson City on May 20, 2012:

This is great!! My cousin who has no human children...but does have her 2 "boys" (dogs....she can't know I called them "dogs!)....not long ago, replaced her beloved Schnauser who passed away at age 15.....with another of the same breed.

I LOVE dogs & cats...have 2 of each myself, but this new BABY of my cousin's is a B R A T!! He's an incessant barker and just a couple of months ago, the little snot BIT me in the hand....and really ripped my flesh open.

I have tried very gingerly to tell my cousin she needs to get this under control SOMEHOW. Although she agrees with me, she refuses to use the collar because she thinks it's cruel. I know it's not. Even Vets will tell you this.

I am printing up your hub and presenting it to my cousin!!

Thanks so much, Susan....Do you feel like the Dear Abbey for dogs?? LOL

kelleyward on May 20, 2012:

Hi Just Ask Susan, I love this hub! We are thinking about getting a puppy and to tell you the truth I don't want to because I'm afraid of all the issues, barking, chewing up the furniture etc. After reading this I feel a little less anxious. Voted up and Shared! Take care, Kelley

Jeff Gamble from Denton, Texas on May 20, 2012:

Great hub with great tips. We trained our basset with a bark collar when she was a puppy and it worked great. So much so that we stopped using it after a while because she associated all collars with the bark collar.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on May 20, 2012:

Ok Ok Ok!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I ordered those bark collars - and OMG!!! They worked like overnight!!! I have three very quiet dogs! I can't tell you how grateful I am for having read this hub and gotten those collars. My small dogs used to bark each time a person or animal crossed in front of the window - now - silence is GOLDEN!

I love you Susan!!!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 19, 2012:

dahoglund, Yes that is the hardest for many families.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on May 19, 2012:

All very good tips Susan. The biggest problem, in my experience, is getting everyone to follow the same rules.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 13, 2012:

Alicia, Thank you so much. Bruce is a sweetheart :)

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 12, 2012:

This is a very useful hub with lots of great dog training ideas, Susan. Bruce was a very cute puppy - and he's handsome as an adult too, as I've seen in some of your other hubs!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 12, 2012:

Daffy, Thank you. To answer your question ... Doubt it :)

Daffy Duck from Cornelius, Oregon on May 11, 2012:

Very useful hub. I have only 1 question. Will the anti barking collar work on women as well? :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 11, 2012:

Steph, I remember when my two were young pups, and the way we taught them how to sit was we would hold a small treat above their head while saying sit. With a dog it's a natural thing that once the head goes up to look at the treat, the bottom goes down:) Glad to hear that your new pup is doing well. Thanks for your comments. Always nice to see you.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 11, 2012:

ktrapp, Thank you, I hope that these tips work for you. Please let me know how it goes.

b. Malin, Thanks so much!

alekhouse, My male Newfoundland, who is also in the picture above, hates to have his paws touched. It's so hard to get him to stay still to clip his nails. The method the dog training man used was perfect for us. Glad you liked the hub and thank you.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 10, 2012:

Cardisa, Some days I wish mine were not allowed in house, especially when I'm vacuuming up all the fur :) I've always loved dogs and cats. I learned a great deal while working for a breeder.

xstatic, No the dog collars are safe for them. My female dog gets upset when my husband gives me a hug and both dogs will bark or scratch at the bedroom door when it's shut. I think that is normal.

drbj, Only almost? Think of the fun you could have with a sweet little puppy. :)

Beth, Thanks for coming back to answer my question. Glad to hear he's only chewing and gnawing at those logs.

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on May 10, 2012:

Great hub Susan! We have a new puppy, not quite 3 months old, so this hub is very helpful! Correcting bad behavior at an early age is so important. The biting and chewing are our biggest challenges right now, but we are starting to have some success with early training. And, our dog knows how to sit and come. :) Rated up! Steph

Nancy Hinchliff from Essex Junction, Vermont on May 10, 2012:

I love your hub, Susan. I am a dog person and have gone through training with a few dogs in the past. Your tips are really good and you've hit on all the major troubling behavior. I especially liked the Amazing Dog Training Man video. Thanks for sharing.

b. Malin on May 09, 2012:

Though I no longer have Dogs, I found your Hub Susan, so well written and Informative. Wonderful Tips and training that makes so much sense. You've done a Wonderful service for those with young Pups! Thanks for sharing.

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on May 09, 2012:

These are really good tips. Consistency certainly is everything when it comes to training a pup. My little beagle is now 1 1/2 but we need to work on the "off" command. She's awfully jumpy so I will try your tips. Thanks so much.

Beth100 from Canada on May 09, 2012:

Newfies are such lovable dogs!!! No, I am not worried about splinters. I think that with all the wood chewing experience he's had, he'd be able to spit the splintered pieces out before they stick into his mouth. One thing, he doesn't eat the wood -- he just chews and gnaws at it.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on May 09, 2012:

Thank you, Susan, for these excellent tips and remedies for effective dog training that make me almost want to run out and get a new puppy. Almost, that is!

Jim Higgins from Eugene, Oregon on May 09, 2012:

Great Hub! Maybe I should try the herbal spray collar on Woof the Papillion. He barks at the most inopportune times, such as when bedroom doors are closed and gets anxious when my wife shows any affection towards me at all, though he likes her just fine. I wonder if the bark collar hurts? At eleven, he is smart but hard to train.

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on May 09, 2012:

I think I hate the begging the most. Our dogs aren't really trained but they don't do most of these things. They don't bite or chew stuff. They will sneak up on you and touch their noses to your leg but not jump on you. They will beg if you are in their area with food but they are not allowed in the main house so it's not a problem. This reminds me I need to read up on how to train the cat!

This is really great Susan, you really know about dogs.