Certified Accredited Pet Trainer, Certified Trick Dog Instructor, and PetTech CPR & First AID Certified,
“As the owner, Christine Snelgrove has been involved with canines for many years. She utilizes various training modalities in her work with dogs of all ages and sizes while instructing their owner too. Bauser’s Pet Training is experienced in obedience, behavior, back yard agility, and tricks as well as working equally well with passive and aggressive dogs. Training is based on positive reinforcement with classical and operant conditioning in group and private sessions”.
As the co-owner, my education began in 2009 when I was mentored to become a dog trainer at multiple levels. There is a profound passion in my heart for working with animals and training them has fulfilled that need. I have been trained in Positive Reinforcement training using classical conditioning as well as operant conditioning.
We are all about Positive Reinforcement dog training using Classical Conditioning as well as Operant Conditioning. We work on Behavioral modification, Obedience courses, Tricks, Service dog training, Therapy dog training, and can provide instruction/testing for your dog to become a Canine Good Citizen.
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Perhaps you are a new dog owner, considering getting a new dog, or just wish to better manage your current dog’s behavior problems. Most experienced dog owners are familiar with common dog behavior problems, but some may wonder why dogs exhibit such behaviors. Barking, biting, chewing and many other common dog behaviors are often misunderstood and mishandled by dog owners. Understanding the most common dog behavior problems is the first step to answering and avoiding them. A firm foundation of obedience training will help you avoid or improve control common dog behavior problems.
Most dogs bark, howl and whine to some degree. Excessive barking is considered a behavior problem. Before you can correct barking, determine why your dog is vocalizing in the first place. These are the most common types of barking:
Warning or Alert
Responding to Other Dogs
Learn to control excessive barking. Be consistent and patient. Also, consider teaching the Bark/Quiet Commands. Dedication and attention to detail can go a long way.
Chewing is a natural action for all dogs – it’s just a part of the way they are wired. However, chewing can quickly become a behavior problem if your dog causes destruction. The most common reasons dogs chew are as follows:
Boredom / Excess Energy
Curiosity (especially puppies)
Encourage your dog to chew on the right things by providing plenty of chew toys. Keep personal items away from your dog. When you are not home, keep your dog crated or confined to an area where less destruction can be caused. If you catch your dog chewing the wrong thing, quickly correct him with a sharp noise. Then, replace the item with a chew toy. One of the most important things you can do: make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise!
If given the chance, most dogs will do some amount of digging – it’s a matter of instinct. Certain breeds, like Terriers, are more prone to digging because of their hunting histories. In general, most dogs dig for these reasons:
Boredom or Excess Energy
Anxiety or Fear
Comfort-Seeking (such as nesting or cooling off)
Hiding Possessions (like bones or toys)
To Escape or Gain Access
If your dog digs up your yard, it can get pretty frustrating for you. Try and determine the cause of the digging, then work to eliminate that source. Spend more time with your dog, give him more exercise, and work on extra training. If digging is inevitable, set aside an area where your dog can learn it is “okay” to dig, like a sand box.
4. Separation Anxiety
Separation anxiety is one of the most commonly discussed dog behavior problems. Manifestations include vocalization, chewing, inappropriate urination and defecation, and other forms of destruction that occur when a dog is separated from his owner. Not all of these actions are the result of separation anxiety. Signs of true separation anxiety include:
Dog becomes anxious when owner prepares to leave
Misbehavior occurs in the first 15-45 minutes after owner leaves
Dog wants to follow owner around constantly
Dog tries to be touching owner whenever possible
True separation anxiety requires dedicated training, behavior modification and desensitization exercises. Medication may be recommended in extreme cases, but this should be a last resort.
5. Inappropriate Elimination
Inappropriate urination and defecation are among the most frustrating dog behaviors. They can damage areas of your home and make your dog unwelcome in public places or at the homes of others. It is most important that you discuss this behavior with your veterinarian first to rule out health problems. If no medical cause is found, try to determine the reason for the behavior, which can come down to one of the following:
Lack of proper housebreaking
Inappropriate elimination is unavoidable in puppies, especially before 12 weeks of age. Older dogs are another story – many require serious behavior modification to rid them of the habit because you must often alter their perception of themselves.
Begging is a bad habit, but many dog owners unfortunately encourage it. This can lead to digestive problems and obesity. Dogs beg because they love food – but table scraps are not treats, and food is not love! Yes, it is hard to resist that longing look, but giving in “just this once” creates a problem in the long run. In a pack setting, a subordinate would never beg from alpha dogs without reprimand. When you teach your dog that begging is permitted, you jeopardize your role as pack leader. Before you sit down to eat, tell your dog to stay, preferably where he will not be able to stare at you. If necessary, confine him to another room. If he behaves, give him a special treat only after you and your family are completely finished eating.
A dog’s desire to chase moving things is simply a display of predatory instinct. Many dogs will chase other animals, people and cars. All of these can lead to dangerous and devastating outcomes! While you may not be able to stop your dog from trying to chase, you can take steps to prevent disaster.
Keep your dog on a leash at all times (unless directly supervised indoors).
Train your dog to come when called.
Have a dog whistle or noisemaker on hand to get your dog’s attention.
Stay aware and watch for potential triggers, like joggers.
Your best chance at success is to keep the chase from getting out of control. Dedicated training over the course of your dog’s life will teach him to focus his attention on you first – before running off.
8. Jumping Up
Puppies jump up to reach and greet their mothers. Later, they may jump up when greeting people. Dogs may also jump up to exert dominance. A jumping dog can be annoying and even dangerous. There are many methods to stop a dog’s jumping, but not all will be successful. Lifting a knee, grabbing the paws, or pushing the dog away might work for some, but for most dogs this sends the wrong message. Jumping up is often attention-seeking behavior, so any acknowledgment of your dog’s actions provide a reward! The best method: simply turn away and ignore your dog. Do not make eye contact, speak, or touch your dog. Go about your business. When he relaxes and remains still, calmly reward him. It won’t take long before your dog gets the message.
Dogs bite for reasons that can be traced back to instinct and pack mentality. Puppies bite and nip on other dogs and people as a means for exploring their environment and learning their place in the pack. Owners must show their puppies that mouthing and biting are not acceptable by teaching bite inhibition. Beyond puppy behavior, the motivation to bite or snap typically comes from the following:
Fear or Defensiveness
Protection of Property
Pain or Sickness
Though some breeds are thought to be dangerous, it is my belief that breed specific legislation is not the answer. Owners and breeders are the ones who can help decrease the tendency for any type of dog to bite through proper training, socialization and breeding practices.
Dog aggression is exhibited by growling, snarling, showing teeth, lunging and biting. It is important to know that any dog has the potential to become aggressive, regardless of breed or history. However, dogs with violent or abusive histories and those bred from dogs with aggressive tendencies are much more likely to exhibit aggressive behavior towards people or other dogs. Reasons for aggression are basically the same as the reasons a dog will bite or snap, but overall canine aggression is a much more serious problem. If your dog has aggressive tendencies, consult your vet first – it may stem from a health problem. Then, seek the help of an experienced dog trainer. Serious measures should be taken to keep others safe from aggressive dogs!
WHY SHOULD WE TRAIN OUR DOGS?
I see so many dogs that are not provided the proper training, but just a little time training them would bring so much happiness to them, their dogs and their neighbors. The dogs are more adoptable when they have some learning under their belt. Some may even be placed as service or therapy dogs!!!
You will be learning a new trade and working on the skills of patience, understanding, and compassion which will bring you perseverance. Many dogs have been abandoned, abused, or neglected in their former life. They deserve a second chance and YOU are helping them accomplish this!
Training your dog the right way, the first time, can be done in a fractions of time and done in such a way that is fun for everyone.
Do it right! You and your puppy or newly adopted dog will enjoy every minute of every training session and once those lines of communication are open and established your whole family will want in on the fun that comes with the benefits of training your dog.
Dogs get frustrated not knowing the rules of the road and it is up to you to teach them.
Just remember, it is not about force, dominance, or cruelty in teaching your dog.
You should accomplish the following benefits.
1. The benefits of strong healthy bonding between your pet and you are best created by the use of some form of dog obedience training methods.
2. Basic dog training opens up the communication factor between you and your dog. This helps give you the basic idea’s of what you want from your dog and helps your dog to understand and respect what it is you are teaching him/her.
3. Teaching obedience to your dog will give your dog the knowledge of the boundaries you are setting up with him/her. Boundaries will help your dog become more responsible to you and your family as well as other dogs, animals and people as well as create manners you expect in any situation.
4. Dog training helps you in laying the foundation ground work that actually helps your dog from preventing the development of unacceptable behaviors and bad habits such as chewing, digging, barking, biting, jumping, potty training, and many others.
5. Confusion is another prominent problem when your puppy or dog comes to his/her new home. Training your dog from the get go will eliminate all confusion and believe me, once your dog begins to understand what he needs to do, everyone’s life will get a whole lot easier!
6. One more BONUS benefit: You will find that not only is training your dog fun and rewarding, but the confidence you will gain in knowing you can trust your dog no matter what the situation is truly relaxing.