In our previous blog, we tackled what to do if your dog has a habit of begging or stealing food. In part two of how to discourage bad behavior, we will talk about how to discourage barking at the door and chewing.

If you have a dog that refuses to listen when you try to teach them right from wrong, ACDT can help you get back on track. Our dog obedience classes will help your dog break those annoying habits while also teaching him or her to be a proper member of the family. We offer everything from basic dog training to advanced dog training. Browse our list of classes to learn more and contact us today to sign up.

Tired of living in fear of what item of yours Fido will chew up next? Do you want a dog who won’t try to out-bark the doorbell every time someone comes to visit? Continue reading below for some tips and tricks on how to deter these bad behaviors.

Chewing

Chewing is one of the most common bad behaviors, and probably the most destructive. There’s nothing more frustrating than coming home from a long day of work to find that your pup has chewed up the sofa or your favorite pair of shoes. If you recently adopted an older dog from a shelter and you notice that he or she has a chewing problem, it could be that their previous owners never taught them that chewing was wrong. On the other hand, if your energetic little puppy can’t seem to keep your shoes out of his or her mouth, it could mean that the pup is teething and the leather of your new pair of shoes feels good on his or her gums.

Dogs also start to chew things they shouldn’t if they are feeling bored, anxious, or they’re just plain curious. When you notice your pup chewing, give him or her something they can chew on like a toy or a bone. Eventually, your favorite furball will learn what toys are appropriate for chewing, especially if you encourage him or her with praise and a treat for chewing on something appropriate.

Sometimes, dogs will chew out of boredom, so it’s important that you spend plenty of time playing with your dog and taking him or her on walks. Basically, you want to make sure your pup spends enough time running around or using up energy that would otherwise be used for chewing up your furniture.

Barking at the Door

If you’ve come to dread the daily visits from the mailman or the times when a family member or a friend drops by to say hello, it’s time to take charge. Your dog’s barking shouldn’t be the first thing that is heard whenever someone comes to your home.

Much like chewing, dogs will bark for a number of different reasons. They could be anxious about a stranger coming over, or afraid, or they might be acting as a guard dog. The first step to discourage this bad behavior is to determine the reason behind the barking. If your dog is afraid, you will need to take different measures in training than if your dog is excited by the doorbell ringing. Depending on the underlying cause of the barking, you may want to seek further help in training your pup not to bark at the door.

Once you’ve identified the cause of the barking, you can start to discourage it. The best way to change your dog’s bad behavior is to reward good behavior. Instead of yelling at your dog when he or she barks at the door, wait until they quiet down, then praise their quiet behavior with a treat. You could also work on having your dog sit and wait for you to open the door before you give them praise.

ACDT is happy to help any dog owner with their obedience training. We offer basic dog obedience classes where we tackle the problems of chewing or barking at the door, as well as advanced dog training classes. Browse our list of classes for more information and don’t forget to sign up for dog training school with ACDT. We look forward to working with you and your pooch.