TIP #1: MANAGING BEHAVIORS
Many annoying behaviors can be prevented or managed to a point where they no longer present a problem. Management techniques might include setting up barriers such as baby gates and exercise pens, using humane anti-pull devices such as head halters or harnesses, and simply dog-proofing the house, stowing away food, and placing desirable things out of reach. Keep in mind that management isn’t training. The dog isn’t learning how we would prefer him to behave; he is simply prevented from behaving in an unwanted way in a situation because we control the options and outcomes. But management is a great short-term measure for getting relief, especially for young animals with nuisance behaviors, and it often works well enough to satisfy many people in the long term too. Management also keeps the dog from practicing the problem behavior and thus learning bad habits by repeating the same behaviors over and over again.
- excerpted from Decoding Your Dog
TIP #2: NEW TO CHEW?
Is your dog suddenly chewing a lot? Is this a new habit? Make sure he is getting enough exercise and has access to things that are okay to chew. Rotate different types of chewies to keep your dog interested.
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI